What’s in a name? How does your name affect the energy you experience? How does you name affect other people?
And PET NAMES! Do pet’s care what they’re called? What happens if the don’t like their name? I share stories about pets with opinions about their names.
Did you guys know that “Kate” is not my legal name, but my preferred name? Find out why I changed it in this week’s episode!
Do you feel like there are a lot of potential things you could succeed at? Do you feel enthusiastic about a LOT of different ideas? Do you wonder what your Life’s Purpose is? Do you feel guilty, as though you should narrow your interests down to one or two things as your “life path”? Do you worry whether you’re doing what you’re “supposed to do?”
Do you worry you may be wasting your life?
Welcome to the life of a Winger!
I came up with this term because I have a lot of Wingers as clients who ask me about their life’s purpose, as though they’re supposed to have only one, and as though everything in their life will magically fall into place if they could only just PICK something!
While Planners are meticulous in what they set out for themselves before they incarnate, through conversations with many clients and their angels / guides over the years, it’s become clear that we need some new language around the idea of “Life Plans”.
Planners are driven, they blaze through life, they’re focused and they can really help a winger decide on a course of action. Again, planners are great advisors.
Wingers are the ultimate creative spirits. They’re driven to do… something! Something amazing, something great! What is it???
Nothing is more exciting to a Winger than a new beginning, a new venture, a new possibility. Wingers start things over and over in their lives, and their lifetime can often be seen in clumps of themes over the years:
The childhood years, the student years, the child-rearing years, the divorce years, the new business years, the NEW new business years, the grieving years, the rebirth years. Wingers lives go in cycles, and so do their moods, even their energy levels and outlook on life.
Wingers can experience massive, sweeping changes in the fundamental parts of life that offer most other people a lot of stability: family, religion, location, careers, all of these things can undergo complete transformations within just one short lifetime.
That’s because Wingers’ INTENTION when they incarnated was to cover a bullet-point list of soulful experiences, and this “to do” list can be accomplished through the permutation of seemingly random events on earth.
Wingers are on a lifelong road trip without a map, without hotel reservations, just a bucket list and a whole lot of faith in themselves.
I believe we have a WHOLE LOT MORE Wingers on the planet right now than ever before. I have this theory because of the difference between myself and my psychic Oma (my paternal great-grandmother.)
My Oma was a remote-viewer. She could tap into where missing people were, what their condition was, whether they were alive or dead, and if alive, when they would be able to come home. She lived through both world wars, and her services were desperately needed and sought after by families all over Europe.
When anyone asks me about their future, I always qualify it with a speech: the future is a series of potentials based on the possible choices of all involved. So if you ask me should I move to Denver, Los Angeles or New York, I won’t pretend to tell you what “will” happen. We can look at the potentials of those choices.
Why is now different than 80 years ago?
We’re not at war, for starters. Not in the way the world was terrorized by war back while my Oma lived. 80 years ago, people’s choices were limited by so many factors: their gender, their economic status, their birthplace and heritage, their religion, their culture and their government. When a country went to war, the future of all of the people in that country was hardlined for at least a decade.
Young men went to war because they had to, (there was no where to run from conscription in WWI or II.) Women went to work and struggled to survive. Battles unfolded all over the world, everyone’s life plans unfolded in a coordinated dance, everyone moving in unison, the whole planet grinding relentlessly forward, the war driven by politics and greed.
Now, in our neck of the woods, many of us in “first world” countries have so much opportunity. We have our parents’ generation to thank for opening all of these options for us, and we’re breaking barriers in equality continually.
Now we have freedom to move around the world, freedom to change locations, religions, to break out of gender-roles and break through socio-economic boundaries.
So why on earth would everyone incarnate into a new age of possibilities with heavily detailed life plans?
You know what? A bunch of us just decided to pick themes, maybe five or fifty, and incarnate just with this list, just with this intuitive awareness of things we like, things that make us happy.
And for some of us, that’s all the guidance we get in life.
What’s incredibly liberating for a Winger is just to *know* they’re a Winger. We hear a lot of rhetoric about being “on track” with your life’s purpose. That’s enough to make a Winger hyperventilate!
I’ve got a secret for all you fellow wingers out there:
You cannot screw this up.
You really can’t. The worst thing you can do is make yourself unhappy worrying about what you *should* be doing. Nothing kills creativity more than putting too much weight on outside advice.
You will never be a square peg in a square hole. You’ll never fit quite right anywhere. You’re not designed to fit! You’re designed to be weird, to be different, to explore and to learn!
As long as you’re doing those things, as a winger, you’re on track!
Now, understand that you don’t have to be *only* a winger or a planner – you can be a combination of both. There are a million different shades of winger / planner. In fact, I think a lot of people are *mostly* planner, and when they get to a winger stage in their life, it seems like everything’s fallen apart.
Combination wingers / planners live like a “choose your own adventure” book. They come up to some major crossroads in their life which profoundly affects the direction of their life. In those moments you’re looking at your list and yourself and you’re having a conversation with your “higher self” – which road do you take?
You will pick the right road, don’t worry.
Wingers have a talent at looking back on their lives, mistakes and all, and not regretting a single moment because it all made them the person they are today.
And that was the whole point.
(I couldn’t think of a photo to go with “Planners” – so you get a cat and a budgie!)
In Episode 14 of the Joyful Telepathy Podcast I introduced the idea of Planners, Wingers and Rafters as a way of looking at our life plans.
Life Plans are generally what people talk about when they mean “my soul’s purpose, my intention when I incarnated, my contract with the Divine.”
With the idea of a “Life Plan” came this anxiety that if you’re not “on track” with your life plan, not doing what you’re supposed to do, that this is the source of your anxiety, discontent, depression or unhappiness.
Just like universal manifestation ideas like “The Secret” can be erroneously boiled down into a blaming the person for their own unhappiness, the Life Plan idea has resulted in the same anxiety:
If I’m unhappy, I must be doing something terribly wrong.
Are we responsible for how we experience our lives? OF COURSE. There is so much you can do relieve the mental and emotional suffering you experience when life rains crap.
But where is the crap coming from? Is THAT your Life Plan?
Maybe. It depends on whether you’re a Planner, Winger or Rafter.
I’m going to split this up into three posts over the next three days, so keep checking back! Today, we’ll cover Planners.
Everyone knows Planners. You can spot them a mile away. Planners never ask me to look at their life plan, they’re so intuitively plugged into what they want to do next that they have difficulty relating to people who experience a lot of uncertainty.
Planners have excellent saving habits (because they’re so plugged into the future and what they want to do) and Planners seem to have a near-limitless amount of energy. They were born with a drive to burn through a Divine To Do List with a thousand little action items!
Planners are the ones who seem to get ALL the lucky breaks. If they incarnated with a Life Plan to touch the lives of millions of people, that fame comes very easily to them – they’re always in the right place at the right time.
Wingers can get very discouraged if they compare themselves to Planners.
Here’s a secret about Planners: they experience the same level of spiritual challenge as everyone else. It doesn’t always LOOK like they’re struggling, which is another great Planner characteristic – on the ground floor, Planners can intuitively sense what they need to do next.
That doesn’t make it easy.
My grandfather’s mother was a planner. She had many children and an extremely difficult life. Yet, her whole life, she always “did what needed doing,” and she didn’t waste a lot of time agonizing about it.
Planners put so much detail into their life plans, they’re capable of setting up some of the greatest spiritual challenges on earth. Their life plan may not actually be about their individual sentient consciousness. In fact, a Planner can end up taking on a massive karmic burden (past-life baggage that needs to be worked out on the other side or in future lives.)
Planners often come in to make a big splash, and they often make huge sacrifices for the team.
They volunteer to provide this life experience so that others can be affected by their story. They’re challenging, they’re controversial and many planners die in dramatic and shocking ways.
Who do you think may be a planner?
(Juliette the Bichon Frise)
Before I had an official psychic business, I was doing pet readings for friends and clients by word-of-mouth referral. This little bichon, Juliette, is my friend’s dog and she’s had so many funny things to say over the years!
Juliette is probably the most demanding and diva-esque dog I’ve ever met, although I spoke to a lovely little Yorkie named Sophie who had a long, thought-out list of special requests for her person too.
With Sophie, she came up with the requests in part because she knows her human enjoys fulfilling her needs so much – so she invents a few extra needs. She’s a 5lb dog in a big world, after all. Who wouldn’t want a pillow by the bed to land on?
Juliette has a very natural life out and about in the British Columbia wilds. In fact, I’m pretty sure her ancestors have been pampered city dogs for generations. Juliette gives me the impression of a humourous, slightly-put-out, female gentile in the wild, wild west, who has adapted to and adores the rugged environment that is now her home, but who hasn’t forgotten the comforts of a more civilized existence. This is reflected in her requests before her Mom travels.
They do always know where you’re going, what you’re doing, so don’t even think you can pull one over on your pet!
Juliette knows when her Mom is headed to the city, and comes up with city-specific requests. She loves doggie boutiques because the staff always fuss over her and tell her how pretty she is, and she’s one of those dogs who enjoys new collar, a variety of coats, a special, gourmet dog treat to eat.
Juliette also knows when her Mom is eating one thing, but thinking she really *should* be eating something else. Juliette has consistently reported her Mom’s guilty snacking. Mom eats popcorn. Mom eats chips. Mom ate chocolate – and I didn’t get any!
Juliette doesn’t really care whether Mom eats treats or not, she just reports on the state of emotional eating. As her Mom was going through one heck of a stressful time, Juliette was really reporting on the things her Mom did to make herself feel better.
It’s really funny what they notice. I get a kick out of it, anyway.
I know a lot of you beautiful folks were extra-sensitive as children, and I know at least two of you have extremely sensitive or possibly psychic children. Here’s an episode for the sensitive child in all of us… and I share the slightly embarrassing visualization technique my mother taught to me to control the nightmares I experienced as a child.
Faith has become such an important part of my practice this past year. I had a little crisis of faith a while back, and I really needed the support of an intelligent universe. I’d say I’ve received it in spades, although not in a way that I could hold up to others as evidence. You know how that goes.
Most recently, I’ve been contemplating taking a really big leap. I’m still standing on the edge, looking down, thinking about it. I have strongly mixed feelings about leaps of faith. True, every time I’ve taken a leap of faith I’ve ended up better off… but sometimes it feels like you’re smashing against every rock on
the way down.
I was emailing a friend about it, and she said “The Universe has got your back.”
My response? Effing prove it, universe.
That afternoon, I wrote a long letter to the universe, as I tend to do when I feel like the Universe and I need to take a meeting. I outline all my concerns, my goals, what I need, what would be most awesome.
Then I toss it into the court of the Universe. Your move.
I can’t even remember what the reply was – Sweetie, do you remember? All I know is when I got the response, I immediately *knew* it was confirmation. Yes, the Universe has my back. So when I’m ready, all I have to do is jump.
Your move, Kate, quoth the Universe.
Sometimes we need some freaking evidence to lift up our faith in… ourselves? Deity? Angels? Guides?
I’m curious, what have you guys experienced as evidence that supported your faith in the things unseen?
I remember writing previously about a friend of mine who once said to me The Universe Doesn’t Care. It’s one way of looking at the world and its problems from a higher perspective. The universe doesn’t place values on good or evil, right or wrong, light or darkness. They are equal because they allow each other to exist in contrast. The universe, life, is a perfectly balanced equation.
One of the attendees in last Monday’s Intuitive Development class was said We will all become Nothing. Which is another way of saying the same thing. It led into a bit of a discussion, since I understand what he’s saying, yet the concept makes me uncomfortable. In my class, students and the facilitator all respect each other as potential teachers, and so while another woman admitted to having difficulty / being very uncomfortable with this idea of nihilism, the respect was there and no one was going to argue with him or impose their own ideas on him by telling him he was wrong.
I don’t think he’s wrong.
But there’s something about the concept of returning to the Big Bubble in the Sky, of losing my individuality, my soul’s history so completely, that frightens me.
This is what Bob Marley wants to talk to me about – how we are all one, we are all love, there is nothing to fear, we are all connected, we call came from heaven, we will all return, we will all join together, inevitably, as the cycle completes.
I find myself pushing Marley away a bit. I’m having a difficult time with this concept. I feel afraid, sometimes panicky almost, when I meditate on these concepts which Marley presents.
Because what significance is anything if it all becomes nothing?
I’m having flash-backs to my goth days when I wrote morbid poetry, struggled with suicidal thoughts and asked myself daily, “What’s the point?”
Maybe that’s where the fear comes from… that I came so close to taking my own life as a teenager, that I’m afraid to really dive into this idea.
Yet I’m drawn to it as strongly as I’m repelled by it. So I don’t feel like I’m moving forward at all.
I’m resistant. And there’s Marley, patiently waiting for me to engage with him again. There’s Kurt and George, helping me cope with the fear. There’s John, making me laugh.
Thank you Heaven, for my invisible friends.
I think this stumbling block I’m on is an expected landmark of spiritual development. If you’re reading this and you’re also walking a spiritual path, I encourage you to reach out for as much support as you can, because when you need it, it’s important to have those relationships established. You’ll find it.
Ha. Albie just popped in. He says,
Remember, fear is a temporary state of being. Fear is an energy of change. (Shows me a ball increasing vibration until it rolls forward.) Fear is a state to be acknowledged, welcomed. I had fear in my life. Fear drove me to America! Ha! That was the best thing which could have happened. Fear can be our guide. Be sure you listen to your fear, and do not fear your fear! Do not avoid these things which scare you, or you will not move forward. Instead, look upon them and use the fear energy to transform your life.
He shows me that, while experiencing fear, you can settle your “higher self” and get in touch with the message behind the fear. Fear is an alert chime. It says “Pay Attention!” It is a reason to ground yourself, to remain calm and to give your attention to the matter which inspired the fear; that matter is important.
Thank you Albie. You’re a dear friend. (He laughs.)
I’ve had a few offline discussions about the John / Jesus connection. This is the sort of thing you approach cautiously, because you don’t want to offend or frighten anyone by challenging their spiritual foundations, and you also don’t want to seem so utterly off your nut that people will completely write you off.
I didn’t post every detail in the Soul Bubbles entry because I wanted to let the ideas simmer and to meditate further, hopefully get some clarification.
When a friend emailed me and said that she believed John Lennon was Jesus in a past life, I thought, “Huh. That’s not what he said.” Not that this makes my friend wrong, not at all. I’ll get to that.
In one of our first conversations with John, Sweetie remembers me asking him, “John, are you Jesus?”
He smiled and said, “No, my dear, but we are great friends.”
For the record, I’d also asked the same question of Kurt. He got this crooked smile, took a long drag off his cigarette, blew it out slowly for effect and replied, “No, but I’m a fan of his work.”
Which is one heck of a reply from Kurt Cobain. Anyway, back to John.
This thing my friend had mentioned to me, it had this intuitive ring of truth. I found myself drawn back to it, repeatedly. One night, I asked John,
“John, is the Jesus incarnation part of your past life history?”
He laughs, a big bark of a laugh, flicks his nose and eyes me keenly. “That, my dear, is the correct question!”
But he didn’t answer it.
That night George showed me the soul bubbles. He showed me a bit more than I’d written about. I asked George, “Show me Jesus.”
He showed me three bubbles, coming together. This soul, made up of three linear-time, past-life histories, became the consciousness for the incarnation of Jesus. George explained that for such a challenging life, three had to come together to give the soul’s history enough integrity through experience to withstand and perform the challenging teaching tasks as Jesus.
Here’s the kicker. After Jesus’ death, the soul bubble left his body and divided again. Twelve bubbles emerged and embarked upon separate paths. This makes sense to me; why should the experience of Jesus be confined to only one linear time path?
Sheds a new perspective on the holy trinity, and the twelve disciples, eh?
So I have a working theory. I haven’t received confirmation on this yet, so I don’t know if it’s precisely correct. It may be one of those concepts that builds upon a foundation, and makes more sense later as more information comes though. Sometimes, this information comes in stages, especially if it requires some adjustment before it can be integrated fully.
My work-in-progress theory is that John is a descendent of one of those twelve soul bubbles from Jesus. It makes sense to me that if twelve consciousnesses (maybe more if there has been some more bubbling off of those twelve) are floating around with Jesus in their past-life roster, maybe they’re all taking turns being on “Jesus Duty” – answering prayers, giving hope and healing – while other bubbles continue to evolve, help and heal as new incarnations on our physical plain.
I also think that John & Kurt are related souls in some way, although I really have no idea how. All I have on that is the two regarding each other with great love and respect, and I hear the word “Brothers.” I don’t get a specific incarnation related to that statement.
It makes me wonder about other spiritual teachers and leaders. How many soul bubbles are floating around out here, touching our lives, who can call upon the experience of Buddha?
What about the Dalai Lama? Every time he dies, a search is conducted for his reincarnation. (Our current, 14th Dalai Lama suggests the next reincarnation will be female.) How many soul bubbles emerge after each incarnation of the Dalai Lama? How many merge before each reincarnation?
I’ll say that it does makes sense to me that world-famous musicians who have influenced millions spiritually over decades might have past lives as other spiritual leaders. Certainly it makes sense they’d have past life histories as other famous musicians or artists.
It’s incredible. The possibilities are truly limitless.
There’s been some interesting questions arise from my own past life explorations and those of other people. It seems that sometimes, memories of incarnations can overlap in time, which makes no logical sense initially.
It would be easy to assume that in the case of a past life recall overlap, that something about the recall must be wrong. Surely, you can be incarnated only in one place at one time. Right?
And what about the information psychics are pulling up about Jesus? In the Jesus interview on the Channeling Erik blog, it came up that Jesus is currently incarnated as a woman. It’s funny that so many people are awaiting the “second coming of Christ” – he’s probably been incarnated a few times since being Jesus. Yet, he’s been incredibly widely available to anyone who asks for him, or seeks a personal relationship with him. How is this possible?
There’s definitely this thing some call the “higher self”. Imagine there’s this conscious, every-day part of yourself that experiences your life but also experiences this sort of amnesia, or a disconnection from heaven. This is part of the point of incarnation.
At night as you sleep, or if you meditate and leave your body, you can connect with a “higher” part of your consciousness, a part that remembers. Sometimes the lessons I learn while in this state I’m able to integrate into my every-day consciousness, and sometimes I just wake up knowing that I understand *something* new, some question was answered but I don’t remember what was asked. It’s okay to forget what you know.
It is possible to communicate with the “higher self” of an incarnated individual, as I did with my father (the day my dog died.) His day-to-day consciousness doesn’t remember the conversation, but our relationship changed subtly afterward, in a good way.
So arguably, it’s possible that spiritual leaders and seekers the world over have been accessing the “higher self” of Jesus.
But that doesn’t feel right to me… there’s something more going on there.
While meditating with George, I asked about Jesus. “How is it he can be so completely available, yet incarnated at the same time?”
George smiles and says, “I’m going to show you something.”
He shows me a bubble in the vastness of space. He says “Think of this as an individual consciousness.” Then a second individual bubble appears.
The bubbles approach each other and then merge into each other, becoming a single bubble. A single consciousness, with the shared histories and experiences. Now this bubble goes into a body and becomes incarnated in a particularly challenging life.
“Occasionally, it is best to join together.” He says this explaining that our previous lives prepare us for more challenging lives to come, different lessons building on what we’d learned before. Sometimes you need more than a single stream of experiences through linear time. Twice as many lives makes you twice as prepared for what’s to come.
Now the bubble inhabits the body through the incarnation. In this time, there are not two consciousnesses individually residing within the body, there is only one, single being.
Now the body dies, the bubble leaves the body. And the bubble splits off. Into three new bubbles.
Each bubble contains the knowledge of the original two bubble’s past lives, as well as the most recent incarnation.
Each bubble is in a way, a completely new consciousness, but all the soul history is there. Two soul histories overlapped. Now this background of experience can move in three new directions, simultaneously.
And as past lives are recalled, it is possible to tap into two lives which overlapped from when the original two bubbles were separate. Perhaps the three new bubbles will join together later, perhaps they will return to the Great Spirit (or the big bubble in the sky). Perhaps they will remain individual bubbles for a millennia.
It challenges our ideas of our own individuality. If this concept contradicts our ideas of ourselves, perhaps we feel frightened or threatened.
How do we define ourselves? By our separateness? By our experiences?
Takes a bit of mind-bending to get my head around. It’s precisely the sea urchin lesson again, yet expanded: how easily a new consciousness falls away from the source; how joyous, the return to the whole.
And how funny it is to google “soul bubbles” and find this term’s already been used in several video games, including Mario Bros. Partners in Time.