Top 3 Tarot Myths Busted

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Seven of SwordsToday I thought I’d do some myth-busting about the Tarot seeing that many people have a lot of misconceptions about how Tarot readings actually work. So, voila!…. Here are my Top 3 myths about the Tarot BUSTED !

1.  You Need to be Psychic to read the Tarot:
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Whilst there are quite a few gifted “psychics” and “intuitives” who are naturally gifted at reading the tarot, the vast majority of Tarot cards readers, interpret them through knowledge honed from extensive study and application of card theory. There are 78 cards in the traditional Tarot deck and with practice, a Tarot card reader can get a feel of the situation based on the way the cards fall in the reading and their position relative to other cards in the deck. It must be said though that Tarot is a great tool for intuitive development, so even if you don’t start off as a psychic, with extensive practice and application on the cards, you start getting more comfortable with opening up to your natural intuitive ability.
2. The Tarot is a Tool for Prediction:
The Tarot , as is normally used by modern day readers, is first and foremost a guidance tool.  All the answers are already there within you and the Tarot simply lays them out where you can see them for yourself.  Tarot can provide you options and possible solutions and outcomes. It can also sometimes bring to the light not so positive aspects of your personality which need to be worked on. Yes, some people do use Tarot for predictions but understand that the future is not set in stone and the future can be altered on any given moment by the decisions you choose to make. It’s also important to remember that most ethical readers do not provide medical or legal diagnosis.
3. The Tarot is evil:
This one gives me the chuckles. I guess in every spiritual path you have a choice and even in traditional religion people can go down the dark side. For example the dark side of traditional organized religion would be the abuse of power or fundamentalism. Modern day Tarot readers are, for the most part, your average bunch of harmless boys or girls next door. Having said that, there will always be the few dark sheep in every group, and in such cases let your intuition be your guide. Always go to someone who is genuine and radiates kindness, compassion, honesty and detachment in their persona and readings.
 
So there you go, those are my Top 3 Tarot Myths Busted! If you have any questions on the above, please fee free to drop me a comment!

Website Launch www.irenelopez.me

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???Super Super Excited to announce the launch of my new official site http://irenelopez.me/ !

It’s been a dream project of mine for quite some time now and I’m really excited to have this finally out now :-)

The services on offer include Tarot readings, Energy Clearing Sessions, EFT Sessions as well as Life Coaching Sessions. As part of the launch Tarot readings are on 50% off all this month. Please check out http://irenelopez.me/tarot-readings/ for details!

Please also sign up to the Facebook page to avail of FREE One Card Mini Tarot Readings which will be out shortly. https://www.facebook.com/Success.irenelopez

When you subscribe to the site you will get the free Newsletter, Blog posts as well as updates on special offers and the free downloadable e-book ” Timeless Wealth Wisdom – 76 Wealth Secrets to get Rich.” Subscribe here : http://irenelopez.me/subscription-area/

The site is the realization of a personal goal of mine, and I would much appreciate if you would share the links with your friends and associates and support me in this new venture of mine!

Blessings!

TOP 5 Secrets to Awesome Living

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You're AwesomeHaving an awesome life isn’t something that just happens as we’re strolling along one fine day. Creating the life of your dreams involves setting smart goals and utilizing your available resources in the best possible to way to achieve success.

The main player in achieving an awesome life is YOU. Yes YOU! It’s what YOU put into it, that defines and shapes the way your life pans out from moment to moment.

So, here are my TOP 5 TIPS to achieving an awesome life:

1. Get Going!:
The very first step in achieving awesomeness is simply to just get going. Simply thinking about your dreams, and planning about your dreams will get you nowhere until you actively start putting in the WORK to achieve them. So take that first step which you’ve been putting off forever. And just go for it!

2. Eliminate distractions and obstructions:
Get rid of things that no longer serve you whether it’s a depressing work situation, friends that constantly drag you down, endless clutter in the house and on your mailbox, and everything else that just seems squash, cloud and negate your desire to achieve your best life.

Keep more of the things in your life that motivate and inspire you to greatness. Surround yourself with positivity, happiness and love;and more of the things that make you want to achieve your personal greatness. You’re only as good as what you surround yourself with.

3. Focus on the Essentials:
Prioritise! Don’t waste time on things that aren’t on the agenda to Awesome living. Focus, focus, focus. With single point concentration, train yourself to focus on those things and ONLY those things that lead you closer to your personal vision of an AWESOME life.

5. Control your thoughts:
Always think in terms of success and achievement. And if you slip even for the briefest of moments, give yourself the joy and pleasure of refocusing your thoughts on your vision of your best life. Persist in being confident, self-assured and motivated. Never let others pull you down and brush of the naysayers. Always keep your ultimate goal in mind and in the frame. Of course you can do it!

6. Don’t just be good, be Excellent:

Mediocrity should never be in the dictionary of awesome living.

Focus on being the best because, really, of course you are! Why settle for anything less than a truly awesome life. Being successful is not just about plain luck, because luck doesn’t last for ever. Success is all about being persistent, working hard, and putting in the effort to get where you need to go. Don’t just be good, strive to be excellent.

Awesome living doesn’t happen to anyone overnight, but by applying these tips always and consistently, you will put yourself firmly in the path of your personal greatness!

 

Do your beliefs help or hinder you?

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Today we’re going to explore a little bit about something that is a very important part of our lives – Beliefs. Yup that’s right! Beliefs.

Our beliefs are the fundamental tools of our thinking process which when changed and modified appropriately help us to change our life patterns substantially. Have you ever thought to think about where our beliefs come from? Do we get them from our parents, our peers, our cultural/ religious or social values , perhaps they are self created, maybe all of these things,maybe none of them at all.

What’s important to realize is that the things that we hold on to as beliefs can either hold us back in life or propel us forward towards better things. For example, have you ever been raised with the belief that money is no good or that money is the root of all evil. Or maybe that rich people are not honest… Think about it…if you look at this belief, it is essentially stopping you from being more abundant financially than where you are now. Because neither do you want to be evil nor do you want to be bad.And you definitely don’t want to be a dishonest induvidual. Because you associate money with all of these things, you subconsciously block the flow of financial wealth into your life.

What if you were to look at this in a different way. Supposing you decide that maybe you would rather believe that money is easily and effortlessly available. Or that good people invite more abundance into their lives. Would you then experience a shift in perspective and therefore your outer reality?

So today I’d like to suggest that you take some time to think over some of the main beliefs that you have in your life and whether they are holding you back in life or propelling your forward to better things. Then consider, how you can reframe your beliefs to more positively impact your life! It is after all your beliefs that shape your world.

A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson

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I just had to share this very beautiful poem from Marianne Williamson. My blessings to everyone ..another new day …another great opportunity to make a difference.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Let your light shine.

Let your light shine.

Achieving your goals for 2014

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Work on setting and achieving SMART goals.

Work on setting and achieving SMART goals.

Coming into the new year…it’s important to really focus on goals that didn’t materialise over the year gone by and understand what steps you can take to bring them into fruition over the next 11 months. It can even be a simple goal that you’d like to newly set for your personal progress in 2014. Goals should be SMART – i.e Specific, Measurable, Achievable,Relevant, and Time bound; and broken into baby steps to give you shorter achievable targets.

For example, as opposed to just thinking ” I need to lose weight,” think in terms of “I need to lose 2 kilos before February,” which is both specific, measurable and a more realistic target. Setting a goal of say 10 kilos by the end of the month is going way beyond what is a healthy or an achievable target which in turn sets you easily up for disappointment.

Also think about what things you can do to creatively to achieve your goals and work towards incorporating them into your life. For example, “How can I change my diet to achieve this goal and what type and how much physical activity should I incorporate to get my target weight loss?”. Closely examine your plans to see if tweaks need to be made to better prepare you for success. For instance, to achieve a goal of weight loss, I definitely need to take out or moderate processed foods, sugar,red meat, alcohol and oily foods; control my portions and achieve atleast a minimum of an 1 hours’ worth of exercise daily or atleast 5 days a week. I also need to drink atleast a minimum of 2-3 litres of water daily to assist fat loss as well as the natural detoxification process.

As you start to get comfortable in the path of steady progress it’s important to take stock of and modify your goals as needed. For instance, let’s say you’ve hit a weight loss plateau. Consider if you need to increase your level of exercise or honestly review your diet to see if there’s anything getting in the way of success. Remember, goals should also be realistic. So aim to be at a healthy body weight as opposed to being size zero for instance when your body in it’s most natural and healthy state is anything but.

It’s important to not berate yourself or put yourself down if you find yourself slipping on occasion. Pick yourself back up and get right back on track. Momentary lapses should never hold you back from achieving your larger goal. Like everything thing else in life, goals are easily achievable as long as you persist , stay focussed and work at it consistently.Good luck and do let me know how you’re getting on :-)

Pope Francis, the new face of Christian Leadership

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Pope Francis, The People's Pope

Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

Pope Francis is a man with many hopes and aspirations.But most of all he’s a man on a mission. And the mission here being, in his own words, to “repair my church in ruins. “

Ever since he was elected into “Popedom” in March 2013, Pope Francis has made concerted efforts to come down from the high horse of the pulpit, and associate with the common man in ways that have left indelible impressions in many. Whilst he has not changed fundamental Church doctrine, within a very short period of his election, he has been able to breathe fresh air into how the Church is being perceived both within the flock and without. He is seen in various quarters of society as the people’s Pope, a man who walks the talk, someone who is able to identify with the average man or woman on the street. Whether it’s sneaking out of the Vatican at night to feed the homeless, openly denouncing judgement of homosexuals, or ammending Vatican law to make sexual abuse of children a crime, the new Pope has been increasingly making an impact not just in a jaded Christian institution losing the faithful in droves by the day, but the greater world at large. Time Magazine have voted him Person of the Year 2013, and so has The Advocate, a leading gay rights journal.

Some excerpts from his recent speeches:
“Because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!”
“In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”
“Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world. When Italians, Spanish or French turn back the boats of African migrants seeking a better life, are they not like the inn keeper who told Mary and Joseph that there was no room for them and the infant Christ? These migrants are children of God and we are commanded to love them!”
“The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.”

Pope Francis has brought a new face to Christian leadership. And this time it’s one which depicts renewal, resurrection and hope for a truly harmonious world where all people have faith and are able to love and receive love, the kind of love that Jesus Christ talked about. And I’m voting him my Inspiring Personality of the Year 2013! :-)

An Urban Mystic and The Tarot

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The Tarot

The Tarot

The last couple of months have been incredibly hectic, leaving me with virtually little or no time at all to focus on my pet project “Le Blog”.The details are an entire story onto themselves ( little mini potential blog posts in the making). And that’s something we will eventually get to. But the focus of today’s little post is on a new interest which has slowly put surely taken roots in my soul as a potential hobby – The Tarot. It’s strange how you attract certain things into your life when you least expect it. If you had asked me 10 years ago what I thought about doing tarot card readings, I would have fallen off my chair with laughter….and then continued laughing long after. But over a course of 2 months, I have developed a sort of feverish passion in learning and developing my skills in the Tarot. I think it’s a fine art indeed, an art with many interesting dimensions – knowledge, awareness, healing and manifestation amongst others. There is something in it for everyone.

To those in the know , The Tarot is a deck of cards with symbolic pictures, numerics and meanings, about the size of playing cards (78 in total in it’s modern avatar especially in the form of the more well known Ryder Waite version of the deck). The cards breathed into life in the mid 15th century in Europe originally as playing cards and then from the 18th century onwards gained increased significance as a divination tool. Every card in the deck has several different meanings depending on whether they “fall” upright in the reading or reversed. They can also have different meanings depending on the position of the card within the reading and the situational context of the reading, amongst others.

Some of my initial challenges in learning the cards included memorising the multiple combinations of meanings and the different types of spreads. But as with everything else in life ,and as I also say constantly in my posts, and perhaps it’s my own personal mantra – Persistance and hardwork is the key to success.

The truly great thing I’ve discovered about the Tarot is that it’s an incredible tool for exploration, knowledge and insight. It’s really about empowering the querant with choices and enobling them to make the key decisions in their life to live their best lives possible. And that ties in neatly with my big passions in life.

On this juncture and also coming into the new year very soon, I’d like to make a very special announcement. I am now officially offering Tarot card readings at some very special rates, especially for my WordPress “neighbours”. Please feel free to contact me on irenelopez@yahoo.com and we can start working on creating your best life asap!

More from me, the Tarot and other things in future posts (hopefully..wink!) and blessings in the meantime!

Creative Infusions – Malhar Jam by Agam, Coke Studio MTV Season 2

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Sometimes taking something old and current, and infusing creativity and freshness into it, is all it takes to make it exciting all over again. Relationships, work, travel, clothing…finding a new way to approach the same thing can make the world more exciting and inspire the playful child that is always there deep inside each and every one of us.

In today’s post we’re featuring the music of a band called Agam all the way from soulful India. Agam’s style is classified by the original and inspiring blend of Indian classical music and rock. In Malhar Jam , Agam breathes new life into an old Indian raga called Malhar which, according to the stories of the ancients , was so powerful as to bring down rains from the heavens when sung .This one together with my freshly brewed coffee made my day…..hope it makes yours too :-)…and yeah it did rain for a while for me..joyously and thunderously!