June 28th 2014 Connective Session: Half Yearly Review

By doing half yearly review, I find that it helps me take stock of what went well and why, and what I need to work on.

I like to think that if I’m 6 months into the year, then technically I should be a half of the way through my goals.

Well, I know it’s not that simple or straightforward but it helps to have something to aim towards. 

We are nearly half-way through the year and my question to you is this – are you on track with your goals?

Over the last six months we have dropped a goal, missed some and just reached others. I enjoy the half yearly goals check up. I see it as a time to review, refocus and restart. Sometimes we have dwelled too much on what we haven’t achieved and not recognised appropriately or celebrated our successes. This is a chance to reward ourselves if our goals are accomplished. 

Reviews my 2014 goals are: 

  1. Me – I am less rushed and more peaceful. Investing time to increase my knowledge on dharma.
  2. Family  –  I spend more time chatting with mum to know her thoughts and emotions. Quality conversations.
  3. Relationship – We have more time together on our own and support each others interests. We spend more QUALITY time doing things together, such as DIY crafts and leave our car at home and do the walks to the supermarket or the evening walks in the park.
  4. Work –Need to improved on this area!
  5. House – Middle of the renovation and should be ready for new house warming by November this year.
  6. Family Planning – Need to improved on this area!
  7. Financial Planning/Investment – On track and need to find new resources and networks. 

Why It’s So Important to Have Time to Think about our status of our yearly goals (and How to Find It)?

Take the time each and every day to recharge and think.

You can’t think of big pictures without actually having the time and the space to step back. You need to do this without clients calling you every three seconds, without the to-do lists that weigh heavy on your shoulders, and if you can afford it, a retreat might actually be the best way to do it.

I couldn’t afford a retreat this year in time, but I found a few other ways to disconnect from everything and take the time to think about the overall scope of my business and my career. Here are a few:

  1. Go for a daily run.
  2. Take an hour before bed to think about your goals
  3. Travel
  4. Meditate & Tarot Guidance

How are you going with your goals for 2014?

Till our next class.

 

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May 31st 2014 Connective Session: Searching for a Meaning

Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure or a quest for power but a quest for meaning.

The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life.  Some saw three possible sources for meaning:
a] in work (doing something significant)
b] in love (caring for another person)
c] and in courage during difficult times.

This class we uses tarot spread to guide us or the least to give us some tips about our leaming to life. Through tarot readings, we can dig deeper into our subconscious and investigate what give us meaning in this lifetime.

What is Money meant to me?

Katherine requested the participants to answer the following question:

If someone gave you a million dollars right now, what you would do with it?

Using a Yes/No spread to confirm what you written is genuine.

Tarot Reading Definition

Major Arcana Yes
Minor Arcana No

Even Numbers Yes
Odd Numbers No

Court Cards

King No
Queen Yes
Knight No
Page Yes

What you have written is truly what you you want to do on earth. Your purpose of living. How far are you off tracked?

Who do you feel you are ? What is the meaning in your life?

Till the next class,

Passionately Sharing,

Katherine Goh

May 1st 2014 Connective Session: Looking For Space Within

Looking for space in our life, fills up the space in our life. It exhausts us and makes us feel more and more frantic, and takes us further from help. Let the spaciousness of life find us. It is always here, which is precisely where we are.  

~~~From The Shimmering World by Steven Harrison

These words give me pause for reflection each time I read them. They are an inspiring guide to living life. When we are confused or feel lost, then sit down and relax. Find your Middle Ground. Knowing that help is here in the space we are already in…..

Today session, we are working on a mental exercise – Looking For Space Within

This mental exercise is to helps train the mind to become aware of the space we are already in rather than the object that fill it or making us look outside of us.

When you look in any direction, try to make yourself aware of the spaces between the objects, rather than the objects themselves, as though what you were seeing was a picture on paper and you were able to use scissors to cut out the objects themselves, leaving only spaces between them. This exercise can expand the perceptions and help you to escape from preoccupations with the material world.

As you slowly open your eyes, imagine the sunrise coming out of your eyes and shining light on to a new day.

See all of you in our next session. 

With Love & Light,

Katherine Goh

April 18 2014 Connective Session: Values

Our Connective Question: Write down ten people you admire and why you admire them, the qualities that give them value in your eyes. Try to recognize that quality in yourself

Last connective session, we invest our time to connect with what are the qualities we admire. Do we have the qualities? Many of the qualities we admire are literally free. Some of the common ones by the group are …

  • Wisdom
  • Functionality
  • Strategic
  • Smartness
  • Creativity
  • Frankness
  • Decisiveness
  • Loving-Kindness
  • Strong connectivity with others…

I am fascinated by values. Values we all hold dear to us. Make a list of the twenty things you value most in life. How many of these are free? Did your list include yourself? 

I see that most people forgot to value themselves. If you do not value yourself, then how do you even value other things? Think !

If we were to prioritize our top three values what would yours be? Do you hold these values but not live them? Try to sit down with pen and paper. Write down your top three values in your life. Do your values show up in your real life? 

How long will it take you? For some of us, we can jot it down quickly, but some of us are very frustrated by this exercise. Ask yourself why it was easy or hard. That is where I want your heart right now.

Why is it important to look at our values?

Let me give an example here of values and what we think of others or how we judge.

Lets say you are in line at a up-end supermarket. You see in front of you a woman with a child, a young child. This woman is dressed in very fine clothes. The child is dressed very nice. The woman puts her food down on the grocery counter. You notice she has nice steaks, lobster, fruits, vegetables, and candy and donuts. She looks up at the cashier and pays him with aided support vouchers.

How do we judge or put value judgements on this woman at the grocery counter? Maybe you thought it was good that she had some quality food such as steak and lobster, or you felt pangs of envy that she could afford them, or you judged her for buying such food.

What did you think or value on the she and the child wore as you noticed they were on welfare? This is where I want your mind to go. What do you really think of this scenario.

I hope this post can help you look at yourself and the people who you deal with in your life and ask yourself if you are judging a book by its cover. “To err is human” But to look within is Wise”

See all of you in our next session. 

With Love & Light,

Katherine Goh

April 12 2014 Connective Session: Gratitude

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given and not take life for granted.

Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

In our last connective session, we invest some time with ourselves to write our gratitude list. Some people are grateful for “bigger” things in life such as  freedom and time they have while some of us focus on the “smaller” things in life such as getting a good-paying job or travelling to another country. Whether its the “bigger” or “smaller” things in life, we practice gratitude in every breath we take.

It’s easy to feel gratitude on those good days. We are grateful because good things are happening, and we like that! If we are to be serious about our gratitude practice, however, we must also learn to be genuinely grateful on those not-so-great days. For example, the pain i am receiving that turns me to a tougher person. My husband always remind me, “What’s don’t break me makes me stronger”. 

We can start by being grateful EVEN THOUGH all that “bad” stuff is happening; we can find other, better, things to focus on and be grateful for. Eventually, though, we can learn to be grateful BECAUSE those things are happening. We can, if we so choose, learn to find the blessing in any situation. The secret is to learn to stand our ground without resisting what is.

How to Start a Gratitude Practice to Change Your Life?

  1.  Write 1 gratitude letter to a person and post it to him/her. (That’s what we did in our last session. Those people we sent our gratitude letter should have received them by now.)
  2. Practice present-moment gratitude. As you move through your day, pause now and then when you remember, and think as you do something “I am grateful.”
  3. Share the gratitude. Partner with someone like what we did last session. You will keep each other going and that sense of obligation to that person will give you the push you need to write your list on those days when it just seems too hard.
  4. Lastly, Commit.This is a spiritual practice that gains momentum over time and with practice. Gratitude doesn’t seem to come as easily as grumbling does, and you will likely resist this exercise until the cows come home, as they say in New Zealand. Waiting for the resistance to pass is futile. Just do it.

There will be times in life when everything you have seems to be swept out to the sea. When that happens, stand your ground and just let it go. Like the tide, life has it’s own rhythm of ebb and flow. Things and people come into our lives, and things and people leave our lives, often before we are ready. Be grateful for the having of them, and also for the letting go, for it is all part of this delicious cycle we call Life.

See all of you in our next session. 

With Love & Light,

Katherine Goh

March 29th 2014 Connective Session: Tarot Healing

If you ask someone who has never before worked with tarot about the purpose of tarot, they will most likely say something about fortune telling. It is true that tarot has an uncanny knack for predicting future events. As a tool of divination it is accurate, compelling and insightful. But if you ask a tarotist about the purpose of tarot, many will answer this way. Tarot is a tool for healing.

The ways in which tarot heals may be limitless. Over time, tarotists will develop and discover new ways to use these sacred images to bring healing. Each tarotist has unique practices, so no list of tarot’s usefulness could ever be comprehensive. The process of divination itself can be very healing. Whether we are reading for ourselves or others, a good tarot reading can bring us to a place of emotional balance and well-being. It can give new perspective, and reframe painful issues to create healthier and more productive thinking. A tarot reading can pinpoint problems and offer solutions.

Beyond the process of reading the cards, tarot can offer healing in a number of ways. We can use tarot images in meditation, visualization, goal setting, magick and manifestation.

Last connective session, we had our chakras healing through tarot. Below is a simple 7-cards chakra healing spread we used. Each card representing our different major seven chakras. 

Chakra Healing Spread:
7
6
5
4
3
2
1

We also did Soul Healing with our tarot. We’re not born with a Map of Life but our Soul healing Tarot spread gets pretty close. We’re here to embody our soul as fully as possible and the four cards spread we used can help us with the how.

Soul Healing Spread

1 …..2…..3…..4

1. Vocation – This card gives you a clue about your life purpose in terms of your career or vocation and shows you how to maximise on the gifts of the Spirit bestowed upon you before you were even conceived.

2. Life lesson – This card shows you the main theme you need to explore and study in this lifetime in order to fully embody your soul.

3. Tweak tool – This card shows you where you often stumble and need to pause for breath/prayer in order to realign.

4. Doing right – This aspect of your soul’s embodiment is already working for you. Drawing on this strength can only help!

Begin Your Healing Journey Today

Even as we study the tarot cards, we can use the cards to heal. Each card bears a spiritual lesson as well as an interpretive value. When we embrace the spiritual message of each card, we have the opportunity to use that message to grow and heal. Tarot inspires our creativity, increases our intuition, and offers us opportunities for communication on the deepest levels. In all these ways and more, tarot is a profound tool for healing. How have you used the Tarot for healing? And what have been the results? Share your comments below.

See you all in our next session again. 

With Love & Light,

Katherine Goh

March 15th 2014 Connective Session: The Full Moon

Hello, 

We meet again. Its fast isn’t it?

Our last session was a full moon day. What’s so unique about the full Moon time?

Many people feel the energetic buzz of the Full Moon. What’s cool to note, is that it always means the Sun and Moon are in opposite Zodiac signs. It’s a super charged time, but also one of balance. The solar yang and the lunar yin are in harmony.

Below are five tips from “Feng Shui Your Life” for using the energy of the full moon (two days before and two days after) in the most fortuitous way:

1. Refrain from arguing and getting angry.

The full moon is the time to stay calm, let things go, breathe deeply through difficult moments and forgive others for their mistakes. Seriously, if you can’t let something go and need to communicate it (which I recommend), try to postpone sharing your upset until at least two days after the full moon. Whatever happens at this time is multiplied. It’s like having emotional fertilizer. Keep the energy moving in a happy, uplifting direction at home, work, in the car and in your every day interactions.

2. Think positive thoughts.

We all know we should think positively as much as possible but during the full moon, you’ll have a wind at your back. Your positive thoughts will be energized and multiplied. Even if you spend five minutes when you wake up and go to sleep thinking about the positive things in your life, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor.

For example, you could write a gratitude list or a thank you note to the Universe for all you have. You could look in the mirror and say nice things to yourself. You could take a walk and notice all the beauty around you. Imagine that your positive thoughts are sprinkled with full moon glitter that makes them grow exponentially.

3. Envision your dreams manifesting.

The full moon is a perfect time to do your manifestation techniques. Spend time imagining your goals and writing them down on paper. It’s also a great time to make a vision or “manifestation board.” To do this, place pictures and words of your goals on a cork or poster board and place it where you can see it every day. Spending time focusing on your dreams during the full moon gives it extra juice!

4. Meditate by yourself or in a group.

Since the full moon pours down so much energy, meditating during this time creates calm, mindfulness and stillness. You can do it by yourself in a sacred space in your home.

You can also connect with other like-minded friends to meditate in a group. There are many spiritual centers, yoga studios and online groups that come together for a full moon meditation. It’s very powerful to meditate in a group.

5. Send blessings to people in need.

Since you have the full moon power behind you, send healing energy, forgiveness, pink light and loving-kindness to friends, family, colleagues, and strangers. In addition, send peaceful energy to the places in the world experiencing strife, hardship, poverty and war. It has huge benefits for them and as a bonus, you create loads of good karma.

The full moon is a great time to be of service and do acts of kindness. 

See you all in our next session again. 

With Love & Light,

Katherine Goh

March 2nd 2014 Connective Session: Each to its own needs

We splitted this session as participants have two different connective needs . One participant was concerned about his decision on moving new house and others will be working on Self- Exploration.

Many of us go through life skimming the surface of our identities. That is, we don’t truly dig deeply into our thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams. Part of the problem is that we’re always on the go. When to-do lists keep swelling, self-exploration takes a backseat. How can it not, when we barely find time for self-care? Specifically, self-exploration involves “taking a look at your own thoughts, feelings, behaviors and motivations and asking why. It’s looking for the roots of who we are.

The distance between your inner reality and yourself is only YOU. So this session aligned with the new moon energy, we uses crescent spread to explore our own thoughts and motivations. We are taking a look/ take stocks of our life on these few major theme.

1) Manifestation
2) Expectation
3) Faith
4) Practice

After which we explored on our spiritual life lessons using the Lotus Spread. Some of the questions we explored are

1. Who am I?

2. What is my lesson right now?

3. How can I grow spiritually at this time?

4. How else can I grow spiritually at this time?

5. Who am I becoming?

6. What’s my biggest challenge at this time?

7. Where am I headed?

Note that , Transformation is the power of Love in action. What’s your transformation for the last year?

On the other side of the room,  we have a participant who is concerned with the idea of moving house, we have decided to engage 2 spreads to explore further insights relating to this event. We embarked on two spreads, namely “House Location Spread” and “Moving Spread” specially customised for the participant.

Some of the questions we were guided by the readings are:

  • Something you need to know about this spot.
  • What needs to happen before you can move.
  •  doubts & wishes before the move
  • hopes & fears after the move
  • lessons being learned
  • what you will receive from this new home

We all have different concerns and needs. This session is to address each own needs and grow and learn together spiritually in our own life theme. Connective session should not be fixed like learning from books or going for lectures. They should be connective and value-adding to each own life. What do you need to learn today for a better you?

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle

See you all in our next session again. 

With Love & Light,

Katherine Goh

July 2013 Connective Goal Setting Session – Will I find True Love?

tRUE lOVE

Dear Connectors,

Many people ask ”how do I find love”? There are many affectionate, kind and wonderful people who are single – and wish they weren’t. So why can’t you find them? Why haven’t you been able to find the love you’ve always wanted? You can. You can escape the loneliness, the hurt, the pain – you can find love. You just need a little more information.

The first secret is to understand what true love actually is! It’s not quite the love you tend to see around you, in most books, on television and at the movies. Rather it’s the highest form of love, where you’re so connected with someone that loving is easy, serene, caring – true. Some people call it finding your soul mate and to even deeper connection – Twin Flame.

In our last sharing, we went in deeper, connecting with oneself. We uses the Seven Card Tarot spread to help us connects to our inner voice. Some of the questions addressed as follows:

1. Will I ever find true love?
2. Will the attraction be instant or a slow-burning realization?
3. What will this person be like physically?
4. What will this person be like emotionally?
5. Are there issues I needs to deal with that are delaying a meeting/relationship with this person?
6. Are there issues this person needs to deal with that are preventing a meeting/relationship?
7. When/where/how will I meet this person?

Up until recently most people, including scientists, believed love was about chemistry and the interaction of molecules and hormones within you. Chemicals forced you to act in certain ways and create what you perceived as love. But we all know that when you text or speak to your lover on the phone those molecules don’t cross space and trigger a chemical reaction. We now know there’s something more powerful involved.

Science now shows that those chemicals are set in motion by electromagnetic signaling, or what you might simply think of energy.

This echoes how we each know that we should look beyond the physical to find true love.

When you’re ‘in love’ your energies – such as those measured by your brain and heart waves – as well as those chemicals, emotions, thoughts and actions are focused and flowing together in one direction.

This is a little like a laser, which brings together and amplifies waves of light energy to make a powerful and illuminating beam that’s stronger than the individual light waves on their own.

So now you know that love is, ultimately, energy!

You are no longer at the mercy of those chemicals and don’t have to wait until you bump into someone else whose chemicals interact well with yours to experience love. You have more control than you realize over love! Once you understand the power of love you can then do something about it. 

We will continue our next class with more learning. 

Till our next sharing session.  Namaste Om.

With Love & Light,

Katherine Goh

P/S: Our next session is schedule on the 16th August at 5.00pm. See you all again.