This is a tarot spread that was inspired by Dr. Cathy Collautt’s five steps to getting your subconscious on board. (Here’s the video where she talked to Marie Forleo about it.) This spread is designed to help you find out what’s really keeping you from reaching your goals, and how you can turn your fears into a non-issue and start manifesting your desires. 

  1. What do I want?
  2. What fear is blocking me?
  3. Why do I have this fear?
  4. What value is this fear protecting? (In other words, what is this fear trying to keep me from losing or compromising on?)
  5. How can I honor my values?
  6. How can my values guide me towards my desires?
  7. How can I manifest my desires without sacrificing my values?
  8. Who or what exemplifies my path?
  9. How can I solidify and affirm my path?

Be sure that when you use this spread, you really look into the alternative and deeper meanings of the cards that you draw. When I did my own reading, I pulled Justice as my desire. It took getting help from a friend and fellow tarot reader to understand what that actually meant for me and what I want to manifest. (Thanks, Nicole!)

I’d love to hear what you think of the spread if you use it. Feel free to send me your feedback.

5 Ways To Return Your Vibrational Frequency To Its Natural State

On the other end of the spectrum we have higher frequency vibrations which would be that which is unseeable to the human eye, unhearable to the human ear and undetectable by our current level of comprehension. Spirit is something that would be considered of a high vibrational frequency.

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Why Your Mind Shouldn’T Be Going “Blank” During Meditation

The most common understanding of meditation is this idea that you should “empty your mind”, a phrase used time and again in modern discussions of meditation, but it is actually totally wrong, and a common misconception of what it means to meditate.

In fact, if you’ve ever felt disheartened that you couldn’t make your mind go blank, you weren’t actually doing anything wrong. Here we delve into what should actually happen when you meditate, and why your mind shouldn’t be going blank.

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Tarot cards are like the subconscious mind, full of inspiration and wisdom we didn’t know we knew. Tarot spreads are like the conscious mind. They help organize all that glorious raw data triggered by the cards so that we can interpret it and apply it properly to the situation in question.
—  Tarot Spreads, Barbara Moore
How to Write What’s Not Written (Subtext)
A very thorough look at how to write subtext, where I also talk about crafting unreliable narrators, “blind” characters, powerful revelations for the reader (not character), and how to convey your character’s conscious and subconscious thoughts and feelings. Also, I pull apart Hozier’s “Take me to Church” lyrics.

Subtext: *tries to be invisible*

I’ve been seeing a number of stories lately that are lacking in subtext. And honestly, it’s no surprise. writing subtext (or, I guess not writing it) is flipping difficult to 1) understand 2) do. I had read about writing subtext like over two years ago, and only now do I feel like I’m starting to understand it and have conscious control over it. So, I’m going to attempt to try to explain how to do it.

What is Subtext?

The best definition of subtext, in my opinion, is this: subtext is what's not said; it is what is implied. 
Remember my humor post from a few weeks back? I talked about how Lemony Snicket had a specific technique he employed for some of his humor. He states the obvious. And then strongly implies the un-obvious. 
So subtext is what is implied. Look at this example of it that I just made up:

Robert, not bothering to raise his hand, spouted out an inappropriate joke.

“Robert, I don’t want to hear that kind of language in my class,” Mr. Henderson said, but the ends of his lips twitched up. “That’s very offensive.” He failed to suppress a full-blown grin. 

Here, we can tell that the teacher found whatever Robert said funny, but neither he nor the narrator comes out and tells the reader that. Instead it’s implied by his body language and behavior–what he doesn’t say. What Mr. Henderson actually says to Robert is at odds with how Mr. Henderson acts.
The fact he claims to find the joke offensive is straight-forward. But we know by the subtext, he thinks it’s funny. That’s subtext. And chances are it’s a lot more interesting and entertaining and powerful than being forward about what’s happening. Or at least, it gives us a different kind of character. Here is a straight-forward version of my earlier example.

Robert, not bothering to raise his hand, spouted out an inappropriate joke.

Mr. Henderson laughed. “That’s funny, but you shouldn’t say stuff like that in class.”

The second example isn’t wrong, per say, but see how the two examples are different from each other? The subtext example has an added layer. It’s complex. It also tells us something about the character (that’s not on the page), Mr. Henderson is trying to be what he thinks is a good teacher by covering up his true reaction.

Recently I ran into some stories that weren’t wrong, per say, but I felt like subtext would have taken them to the next level and made the conversations in them much more interesting. Everything in the story was surface level. But readers love stories that have an undercurrent in them.

And subtext doesn’t just happen with characters. It can happen with other elements in a story, like setting. We can imply significant things about setting that aren’t mentioned straight out in the text.

Why Use Subtext?

Whether or not we want to admit it, whether or not we are even conscious of it, we all have things we don’t want others to know about us. All of our characters do too. Using subtext makes our characters and story feel more well-rounded and realistic. This is especially true when dealing with adult characters. By the time we are adults, most of us have learned not to say certain things straight-out. If we don’t like someone, we’ve been taught not to tell them bluntly. If we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, we won’t say our true opinions directly. Human beings, especially adult human beings, work off subtext daily.

It’s strange, but often when we communicate our feelings directly, we lose tension. It’s what’s not being said that creates tension. It creates anticipation and apprehension, keeps us interested because of what’s boiling under the surface. When a character (or narrator) comes out and tells us straight out, “I’m angry,” the tension breaks, and we move into kind of a denouement about dealing with that anger.

Being indirect creates tension, so if you want that reader to feel that tension, it’s usually best to use subtext. Often you can escalate the subtext to escalate tension.

With subtext, you can craft unreliable narrators and blind characters, reveal subconscious or suppressed thoughts and emotions, create powerful revelations, and whip out effective humor.

How it Works

In order to understand how to write it, I’m going to delve into an example that I think uses subtext very well. Poems, good poems, often depend on subtext. That’s one reason why you have to read the poem several times to get it. You have to “read between the lines.” Today, I’m going to refer to the lyrics of Hozier’s “Take me to Church.” Sure, it’s a song, but it’s definitely a poem. One reason so many people like the song is because of the powerful subtext of the lyrics.

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Experiences In Dreams & In The Astral Plane

Out-of-body experiences are real, in them the non-physical parts of us leave the physical body and the third dimension and go to a different dimension. This happens in dreams, in astral projection, in near-death experiences, and at death.

In an OBE we usually go to the fifth dimension, to what’s commonly called the astral plane, but it’s possible to be in higher or lower planes. Everything that exists here also exists in the fifth dimension, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the copy world.

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it’s always going to be you,
before I fall asleep, when I wake up.
when I find something funny I look around to see if you think it’s funny too,
because it’ll always be you.
you will always be living in my subconscious.
you’ll always be in my dreams.
it’s always going to be you that I love.
even if the love hurts.

“[Austin Osman] Spare wrote that we could bring parts of the subconscious to the conscious mind and that the majority of magic would happen within the subconscious. At the deepest levels of the subconscious, everything is connected. Magic, according to Spare, is about diving deeper and deeper within until there is no difference between you and the desired effect or connection.”

― Andrieh Vitimus
Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current

Image Credit: Austin Osman Spare