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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Barbara Ford-Hammond

Barbara Ford-Hammond

Barbara Ford-Hammond

A Little About Barbara
Barbara Ford-Hammond is an author, holistic therapist, trainer, publisher and muse. With twenty years experience in the field she is an expert on all things hypnotic. She travels the world teaching and hosting workshops.
Barbara is available as a speaker and regularly holds workshops on past lives, future lives, self-hypnosis, public speaking and others.
Her 2nd The Psychic Way to be published in August 2011.
Barbara is the publisher of 6th Books, an imprint with John Hunt Publishing.
Her mission is one of empowerment, believing that with a little guidance we all have the ability to heal – ourselves and each other.
More information and contact details available HERE
http://newsfromthemuse.blogspot.com/ (mostly me prattling :))
See an excerpt from Barbara's book below
THE PSYCHIC WAY
Blurb
Awakening and using intuitive abilities no longer causes eyebrows to rise. Women, in particular, are seeking information on how-to wake up their inner expert. Their interests range from chakra balancing to cosmic-ordering, future life progression to self-hypnosis with plenty in-between.
This book has all the techniques that the author demonstrates and teaches during her retreats and workshops. These were developed as a fun way to meld the esoteric with the corporate. Barbara Ford-Hammond shows how to understand your mind using hypnotic meditative techniques that lead naturally to expansion of self-awareness. Inner abilities are switched on in a fun easy manner. The Psychic Way offers everything you need to know about being super-intuitive plus how to use the knowledge for pleasure or to ensure success in business.
If you're looking for a book to guide you along a psychic path that will make every day life that much richer - your search is over. This is the one. Ewa Griffiths, Hypnotherapist.
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Excerpt from The Psychic Way
10. The Oracle
A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
Sophocles
Someone is described as an oracle if they speak with authority and knowledge, often – but not always – in a spiritual way. Oracles were and are present worldwide, but perhaps the most famous was Delphi in Greece. Here, a priestess called the Pythia would pass knowledge that was interpreted and deciphered by priests. Archaeology shows the possibility that there were gases in pockets escaping into the site and that the Oracle would have been drugged by the gas into a trance-like euphoric state. She would then ramble or share visions in response to questions asked, and she held great authority.
However, much like our psychic readings, a lot comes down to interpretation that is dependent on the question or the desire of the seeker. The modern-day Oracle is a seer and someone who reads symbols or looks for clues around them to answer questions from a seeker.
You can be your own oracle with a few tools. Generally, divining the future is the stuff of fairgrounds but it can be a lot of fun, surprising and eye-opening or even all three. As a psychic development tool, divining is valuable as it helps you to focus and fine-tune your mind and senses. People who use tools will often say they don’t necessarily need them, but it can be useful to have visual clues and answers. Others will say that when they started to use their tools their psychic-ness grew exponentially.
There are many ways of fortune telling, ranging from reading tealeaves to cloud formations, runes to scrying, and bones to bird formations, with an astonishing array of other tools in between.
Divining
Here is a very small selection of divination methods of which there are many. Warning – not all are suitable for weak tummies:
Alectryomancy – Through birds
Anthropomancy – Using human entrails
Bibliomancy – With books
Cartomancy – Playing cards
Kephalonomancy - Baked ass’s head
Myomancy – Rats
Omphalomancy – The navel
Onychomancy – Fingernails
Pessomancy – Beans
Phrenology – Bumps on a skull
Tasseomancy – Tealeaves
Now, I’m not one to judge, but I did warn you.
Earlier, I talked about Mrs. P and explained that she used to read the tealeaves. As she pointed out and described shapes to me I would nod knowingly, squinting my eyes in the hope of actually spotting something. She would say, ‘Can you see that dove flying there? It represents freedom and change’. I would reply, ‘Oh yes, I can definitely see that’.
I wished so hard to be able to see a horse-drawn carriage or fairies dancing in the woods, but it was not to be and all I saw were tealeaves. Her dove was my little pile of wet leaves. I didn’t get it. However, even though I didn’t ‘see’ a dove I would have the idea of a bird or describe the sensation of flying.
Everyone who saw her thought she was marvelous, as she dished out the tea and advice. Sometimes a cake would be thrown in; critomancy is the divination with cakes in case you were wondering. As it, again, is about the interpretation of signs and symbols, it is probably possible to use anything you fancy. If you think about it, a complete model of psychotherapy has been created using inkblots to define personalities – I rest my case. Perhaps Mr. Rorschach got bored with tea.
There are universally recognized symbols that represent particular ideas, so a blob of one size might mean something almost the same as a blob twice the size, but it is the relationship with all the other blobs that count.
If you are seeking a consensus, that could be difficult as your own interpretations can change with the wind. You might see a heart in the clouds on one day and because of your mood it suggests love is in the air, but a few days later the cloud heart might mean pain and sadness at the end of a relationship. You may look at a flame on Monday that suggests to you butterflies causing excitement in your tummy, but on the Tuesday it reminds you of indigestion.
Signs and symbols can have potent meanings to you that are very personal, but as your awakening continues you will have a better understanding of the hidden implications and possible messages that are about wherever you chose to look. I say ‘possible’ because a dollop of cloud could be just that – no reason, no secrets, just the way the water droplets are hanging in the air while they try to decide whether to pee on your parade.
When I was young, I used to watch shapes forming in the flames of the fire and thought they were dancing only for me. It was very soporific and I would spend so much time fire-gazing that my parents would tell me to move away before I cooked. Shamans and witches look for signs within the flames of fire and add substances to cause flashes and color changes that can also have meaning.
Runes are always good to use for answers, or even questions, and seem to work better if you gather your own pebbles or small pieces of wood and draw shapes on them like I did for the school fete using a waterproof marker pen. There are a few different runic alphabets, but if they are for personal use you could design the symbols for, for example, a house, success, money, love, freedom, career, numbers or letters of the alphabet, plus whatever else you like. When you have made your own, put them in a little bag and then either draw out a fixed amount, usually three, or throw the whole lot up and take a reading from the ones that land face- or picture-up. Trust your instincts on the messages you receive. Runes usually give good clues to what is happening in the present moment and what it might be useful for you to think about or focus your energies on.
You really don’t need anything too fancy to get fantastic results. If you really get into the enjoyment of rune reading then it will be time to research an actual runic alphabet that you resonate with and create a new lot.
A crystal ball is pretty much compulsory in the psychic’s house and can be as much for decoration as use, because they are aesthetically pleasing and irresistible to gaze into. When my daughter, Charlie, was about ten, she looked into one and saw a chain.     As her description continued, it became clear that she was actually describing DNA, which is a rather perfect way to begin. Like any form of scrying or fortune telling, the symbols remain similar, but as the object itself is the focus they are presenting in a different way. As you gaze at or into the item it will induce a focused state of mind and the things you see are in your mind’s eye as well as in the actual ball or similar.
When I look into my crystal ball, it can be like watching a film with hazy edges, while at other times I get flashes of images but am not always sure whether they are in the ball or in my mind. I am fortunate that nowadays I can just plonk mine anywhere, but if you prefer ritual: a plain cloth, traditionally dark velvet is placed under the crystal ball. It is important to ensure it is clean before it is put on the cloth and a rinse under running water is the best way. Don’t let anyone else touch your crystal ball, but if it’s unavoidable make sure you clean it before you read from it. Remember to dry with a lint-free cloth or you’ll be lint-reading and who knows what the fluff might tell you?
The most successful results tend to be in dim or candlelight as this allows our mind to be calm and we can then see images that in full daylight might be lost in the brightness. Place your ball on the velvet cloth and sit a comfortable distance from it, making sure you can see into it without straining. Be calm and have your question in your mind as you start to lose focus. Should you see a movie burst forth or hear a trumpet fanfare start up, try not to jump. Let what needs to happen, happen. If nothing is going on, don’t worry as there’s always next time.
A good thing to try out is to think of someone you know when you look into the ball and see what the ball shows you. A bowl of water works perfectly well if you haven’t a ball, as does a mirror. Scrying mirrors are usually black and readers may also sprinkle a few drops of ink or dye into a bowl of water for the same effect. A dark colored bowl will suffice instead. Try out various ways and you’ll soon discover your forte.
Here is a reading from a Salon carried out using a bowl of water:
The two girls had never met before the day. The reader did not know anything about the seeker and had no idea of her question. With nervous giggles to begin, they shook hands to form a bond and the reading began.
Reader: ‘I’m sensing a pile of rubble and a feeling of frustration. There is a cat sitting on the pile staring intently, but I don’t know what it is looking at. That has gone and I can see an operating table with a scalpel on it. Everything is calm. Oh, now there is a ring – a wedding band. Hang on; it’s changing into a sort of heart with a crown. I am getting “glad” or “clad” – oh, I’m not sure – and I feel I want to say “glad rags”, but don’t think that is right. It’s a similar sound I’m hearing.’
This girl continued to share, getting more and more information with the other girl silenced into disbelief, until she said ‘glad rags’, at which point she burst into tears. A silent hush filled the room as everyone stopped to listen.
The girl’s question was, ‘would her fiancĂ© propose soon?’ This is a common one – the pursuit of love.
After taking a few moments to compose herself, the girl explained that her boyfriend was renovating his house for them to live together; they had a running joke, whenever she visited, that the cat loved her more than him. She had recently had a minor operation and it had gone very well with excellent results.
The part that had set her off, though, was the ring. She had just heard a Claddagh ring being described: an Irish wedding band. Yes, he was Irish and, yes, he did propose.
All that from a bowl of water is pretty amazing, I think. The girl doing the reading had really opened up her psyche and gone with the flow. She shared what she saw or sensed without analyzing or putting her own spin on things. This is the best way. Always!
Is it time for you to have a go? Gather your equipment; clear your mind; relax your breathing and let your eyes gently un-focus as you gaze into your preferred tool. What do you see? …
Links for you to see more about Barbara and her work:
http://newsfromthemuse.blogspot.com/ (mostly me prattling :))

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