Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Trip to India November 2012

India is an amazing and challenging place all at the same time. I loved Diwali as there were amazing fireworks in a 360 degree view from the rooftops. It is an amazing thing to see if any of you ever get the chance. The people were so friendly and in a great mood of celebration and sharing.

I am always surprised by the tremendous difference between the have and the have nots in India. It makes me appreciate America all the more. I know that we are not perfect and we have biases and cultural differences but the extreme positions of money do not seem as obvious in America as they do in India. 

Let me say the caste system is alive and well. I am sure there have been tremendous shifts and progress there but I am constantly bumping up against my American woman that wants to treat everyone more equally in India. 

What I decided to do was that anyone who served me in any way I was going to tip. Now, in India a dollar to the poor is a lot but to to give four dollars to the cleaning men for working 4 hours in the house was a shock to them. You would have thought I just gave them the Taj Mahal. 

It made me feel good to help in a small way. I visualized these men being able to come home to their wives and giving her extra money or something that she was not expecting. 

As Americans I think we forget how hard people used to work just to survive. Being in India is a throw back to 150 years ago and a great reminder of how hard life used to be.

What was interesting to me was that I was reading the book, "The 19th Wife". In it one of the characters was describing being in England in the 1860's and how the hotels threw their garbage over the fence and how the poor people were going through the garbage to eat. Well that was happening everyday on my street. The smell was unbelievable. It made me realize that culturally we have not evolved as much as we think and how good Americans have it. 

I am not saying that we do a perfect job, far from it. But I would rather be a poor person in America than anywhere else. At least here there are soup kitchens for the poor. There are shelters for the poor. Now some do not want to do that and some of our street people are actually mentally ill so that is a different category that we still need much work on but at least there are some options. 

In India you can feel the chronic suffering of humanity. You see it everyday, all day on the streets. As a psychic I can feel it and the telepathic agreement of the dispair is devastating to me energetically.

Now, I have traveled all over the world and I would rather be sleeping on a mud floor in Peru in a mud house than most of the places in India. That mud floor in Peru would be really clean and the people are happy, bubbly, full of life, and do not have the mentally of suffering. It is so interesting how cultures, beliefs, and perspectives influence attitude and energy. 

In Peru it is as if the poor do not really know they are poor. They are culturally happy. They experience magic everyday and their life is filled with joy and wonder.

In India the Hindus believe in Maya. They believe that all this is an illusion. So that person suffering on the street is an illusion. That may be true but to me I experience something different. It is difficult for me to detach from the feelings that pervade me from all angles. That was my challenge and that was what I decided to do. I would practice loving kindness in the face of all the suffering. To be very honest, it was heart breaking and difficult for me. 

Situations like that I take on as a personal challenge. I try to not shut down and I attempt to find ways to stay open when everything inside wants to run. I try to reach beyond the suffering into the pure heart and soul of the person in front of me. 

I also am so sensitive to illness and this round in India I seemed to get everything; travelers diarrhea, sinus infection, sore throat, etc. I am sure if I lived there full time I would be constantly sick.

I am so grateful to American water filtration systems, garbage collection, traffic rules, fences to keep out cows and to keep them off the road, etc. I even get excited about American fast food and I am not the person who really does that. But after questionable meals and terribly upset stomaches a McDonalds suddenly looked like heaven when I got off the plane.

So as we come into the Dec 21, Mayan calendar shift appreciate that you are one of the most blessed people on earth to live in America. Appreciate all the people in your life that got you to this place. Acknowledge yourself and the evolution of your soul that has brought you to this amazing place in life. See joy everywhere. Practice giving love to those less fortunate and be graceful and kind with your words to others this holiday season.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Intuitive Patterns for the Month of December 2012

Welcome to the holiday season of December. This is a month where the energies are calling us to come together and to let go of all the shadows and duality of the politically charged month of November and unify around the creative warm heart that is winter solstice and the holidays.
Let us all celebrate the amazing gifts of what we have in this moment and appreciate the special people, love, and sharing that is possible. We are embarking on the change of the Mayan Calendar. Feel into the worldwide celebrations that are attempting to shift our reality into a higher vibration of consciousness and love.
I do not believe that the world is going to come to an end this December, quite the contrary. I believe that we are opening doorways into new perspectives and unifying the human race into a place where understanding and compassion will be the norm.
As a culture, we have to look at the strategies that are the glue that connect us all and we must work to heal the wounds that have happened through misplaced words, projected fears, and the need to be right. December is the month when we look at how to protect those less fortunate. We gift and give back in ways to others that are struggling and needing support and assistance. This is a wonderful way to get back to the core of what being human is. We are looking to reclaim the innocence within and yet we want the mature clarity and independence that is the birthright of America. With the compassionate eyes of history we have a doorway to tell the truth about the cultures that are repressing others and become the voice of freedom again for the world to see. I can feel how many want America to be great again and a country that others look up to. Deep in our heart of hearts we know we live in a powerful, beautiful, and prosperous country. America does make a difference in the world and now is the time to shift our focus back to the integrity, impeccability, and honor that we want our America to reflect to the world. We have to do it together. That is the best way.
All those that came to America have been the rebellious, freedom fighting souls that knew that they wanted more and they were going to take the risk to find it. The world has always looked to us with many views and perspectives. What is great about America is that unlike other countries we are allowed our opinions and voice. Many cultures fear the factionalism that is a part of American life. And yet it is what makes us unique and it is the heart and soul of freedom. There is a great power that comes when we choose to live a life of freedom that others might be afraid of implementing into their culture and world.
In America, we do not require you to be exactly the same. We do give everyone the right to speak their opinion and then learn how to work together regardless of the slants, perspectives, beliefs, or religion.
Some cultures fear us because of the unpredictability of our culture and how we live. But there is a common bond that connects us. That is the right for freedom. We have the right to better ourself by working hard through education and experience to become the best we can be. We have the right to disagree. And we will always find a way to put our differences aside and come together to better America because first and foremost we are all Americans.
So this December, let us set aside the weapons and words and celebrate the peace and protection that is the gift of this life as Americans.
Presidents change, politics change, Congress changes but what remains is the heart of freedom that will continue to ring in the new year. Over and over again, when something happens that is challenging in America, we come together as neighbors, friends, and Americans. Feel into the heart within and reach out your hand to others this season.
It is in the giving that we are healed. It is in the letting go of the differences that we find the commonality. It is the love that we feel that we break down the barriers of differences.
Have a lovely holiday.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Ralfee Finn's Weekly Frequency, November 7-13, 2012

As many of you know, I live in New York City, where the devastation of Sandy has tilted the axis of everyday life. Nothing is the same, and nothing will ever be the same for millions of us. While the waves of the actual storm may have receded, the reality of Sandy’s wounding persists: Waves of grief, despair, and dislocation will continue to pound the shores of our communal psyche and breach the barriers of individual hearts for quite some time. There is no overestimating the kindness and care it will take to soothe so many souls from the shock of this storm.

I write this column at least a week before its publication, which means until this morning, I had no idea who won the election. What I do know is that Mercury Retrograde began at 6:03 PM EST, on November 6. It was stationary for the first part of the day, a stagnant position for the normally fleet-footed, quicksilver messenger, and retrograde for the remainder of the day, a position that’s sure to have caused its own kind of communication storm because Mercury Retrograde is always about snafus, delays, and detours. So it was quite a surprise as well as a great relief to see the results. I would much rather sing the normal retrograde blues than an endlessly repeating election lament with the retrograde potential to last well into December. But the clarity of President’s Obama’s Electoral College win doesn’t have the power to neutralize political polarization, and the consequences of the election rhetoric and what it highlighted about the current condition of American politics will linger well past this Mercury Retrograde phase. Like the waves of Sandy – and the nor’easter about to hit our shores today – huge waves of disappointment, resentment, and animosity will continue to pound the circuits of our already too-stressed nervous systems for quite some time. Again, there is no overestimating the kindness and care it will take to soothe our national psyche and close the great divide of our political extremes.

Mercury starts its final retrograde phase of the year in a trine to Uranus and a square to Neptune. A Mercury/Uranus trine indicates a deep desire for free thinking, which tends to manifest as innovative and inventive problem solving – something we could use a lot of right now. Anticipate lots of challenges to normal procedures, but also expect an equal amount of frustration when new solutions don’t provide a quick fix. The Mercury/Neptune square is slightly more complex. Both Mercury and Neptune are infamous as symbols for the Trickster, often present in situations involving deception and deceit. Pay attention: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The good news is that Saturn continues to trine Neptune, a positive interaction that can sustain self-restraint, prudence, and sound intuitive analysis. Use it to cut through what may be keeping you from deeper insight into the next necessary steps.
The best news is a Venus/Jupiter trine that promises to keep hearts warm and convivial. We love this partnership, especially when so many are in need of generosity and goodwill.

Over the coming weeks, many of us will be searching for a perspective capable of holding the heart steady and true. That process is likely to have you moving between emotional extremes, but that vacillation isn’t necessarily negative. Remember: On planet earth you have to feel to heal.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

Aries March 21-April 19  
The situation requires a cautious attitude that at first may seem antithetical to your natural impulsivity. Continue to be patient, and wait for just the right moment.

Taurus April 20-May 20
Look at all your relationships from a new point of view and you’ll find the missing piece of the puzzle. Remember, consciousness is the searchlight that illuminates the shadows and allows hidden obstacles to be revealed.

Gemini May 21-June 21 
Progress isn’t always measured by how many people you can win over to your side. So rather than engage in unnecessary arguments, let go of the need for a specific outcome, and allow the situation to unfold on its own.

Cancer June 22-July 22 
Prioritizing your goals before you move into action will create the clarity needed to stay focused on what needs to be accomplished even in the midst of obstacles that might otherwise impede forward progress.

Leo July 23-August 22
The next phase is all about creating a strong sense of security, inside and out. Notice what brings you joy, as well as what’s absolutely essential. If they differ, create a unified field of intention and endeavor.

Virgo August 23-September 22 
Catch your breath, and give yourself time to get accustomed to the new terrain. Yes, there is plenty to do, but that’s always true. At this moment, all that matters is finding and maintaining a comfortable personal pace.

Libra September 23-October 22
You’re harnessing a tremendous amount of power, but the trick is handling it well, so that you can make energetic progress toward significant goals, personal and professional. Trusting yourself is the most important component of this process.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
A truly powerful person knows the limits of his or her power and therefore knows when to persist and when to let go. Pushing may evidence your determination, but it will also deplete your strength and stamina.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
The only real enemy is ignorance, itself, so do your best not to blame those less capable of handling the situation, and instead make every effort to educate by your example.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
One of your greatest gifts is understanding that even in the midst of chaos, all things follow an innate order. Attune yourself to that wisdom, and you’ll handle these waves with skill.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
You think the situation is dangerous – and it does involve risk – but it is not as precarious as you might imagine it to be. Stay cautious, but be participatory. You’re likely to be surprised by the outcome.

Pisces February 19-March 20
This is not the time to press for more than is necessary, but rather to focus on gratitude for all that is. Holding on too tightly will only stir anxiety, while generously letting go will only increase your joy.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ralfee Finn's Weekly Frequency - October 31, 2012

Potent astral winds buffet bodies, minds, hearts, and souls this week, and as many of us attempt to navigate these powerful blasts, reliable daily rituals are likely to lose their solid ground. For some, this loss of stability exacerbates an already pervasive anxiety that inhibits settling down or settling in. For others, these winds distort the ability to discern, clearly, and perceptions seem to be filtered through a mirror that reflects all too vividly all that’s wrong. For most of us, uncertainty about what will be tightens our grip on what is. And because several surprises also ride these winds, unforeseen plot twists amplify perceptual distortion and psychic displacement. It’s a difficult week of change here on Planet Earth, and staying conscious and compassionate is sure to be the best way through.

Several factors contribute to these winds. First, Mercury, the symbol for all things related to communication, begins its last retrograde phase on November 6, at 6:03 PM EST. Yes…Mercury goes retrograde on Election Day. And yes, again, that spells trouble. A look at the US presidential elections over the last 100 years reveals that Mercury Retrograde has never started on Election Day. Mercury was already retrograde in 1908 when Taft won. It was retrograde during the elections of 1932, 1940, 1960, and 1980. On November 7, 2000, the date of the Bush/Gore debacle, Mercury went direct at 9:28 PM, which means it was stationary for almost the entire day, as it will be for most of this Election Day. “Stationary” means standing still, and Mercury’s seeming lack of motion signifies the potential for a wide range of snafus from communication to tabulation. (Will we ever forget the hanging chads?) And because Mercury is also known as the Trickster, deception is sure to be part of the drama. 

But that’s not all: Mercury goes retrograde in a trine to Uranus, a positive interaction that indicates a strong need for intellectual independence. Uranus is the revolutionary that seeks to catalyze whatever is stagnant. From an individual perspective, all week long, as this trine grows more precise, many of us are likely to feel a need to break free from restrictive thinking that inhibits personal progress. That agitation disrupts nervous systems, a condition that could manifest as disturbed sleep patterns.

One more thing about Election Day: As Mercury goes retrograde, we will also be under the influence of a Venus/Jupiter trine, a positive interaction that’s certain to have commentators waxing poetic. Those pontifications are likely to be even more dramatic than normal given that the Moon, in Leo, sextiles both Venus and Jupiter.

The good news is that Saturn, in Scorpio, continues to trine Neptune, in Pisces, a positive interaction that supports penetrating insight as well as foresight. Use its power to stay focused on what matters most, and you’ll find the resilience to handle the nervous energy of the week. And even in the midst of these restless winds, make compassion a motive force.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

Aries March 21-April 19  
Even if you’re resistant to the idea, take responsibility for your situation, and try to see what needs to be improved. If you can let go of any accumulated bitterness, you’ll find a sustainable positive perspective.

Taurus April 20-May 20
Rather than pushing the river or insisting on a specific outcome, allow the situation to unfold in its own time and on its own terms. I’m not suggesting passivity; I’m simply advising you to be patient.

Gemini May 21-June 21
You don’t have to make every choice at once. Try thinking of your current situation as a phase in some much greater and beneficial cycle, and you’ll have an easier time deciding what your next step should be.

Cancer June 22-July 22
You might want to reconsider before you get yourself entangled in a complex web that will eventually exhaust your patience. Rather than persist, let go – no one will think less of you.

Leo July 23-August 22
Rely on your innate strength. And remember, what’s essential is staying true to yourself and being resolute in your ability to stay centered and clear about your choices, even if others are critical of the surface situation.

Virgo August 23-September 22
Allow yourself to be stirred, but avoid precipitous action you might later regret. Bide your time, and eventually all the parts and pieces of the puzzle will fall into place and the next step will be clear.

Libra September 23-October 22
There will always be conversations that challenge your skill and ability to maintain your equilibrium. What’s important is how quickly you can learn the lesson and reestablish your balance.  
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Put suspicion behind you. And remember instead that the situation is transitory, and that while it may initially feel oppressive, with the right attitude, you’ll find enough air to breathe – deeply.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21
The question is: How to find authentic inner peace in the midst of such tumult and turmoil? And while there is no easy answer, the first place to start your search is within.

Capricorn December 22-January 19
Be forthright about what you need and what you want. And then listen closely to the desires of others. What you may discover is a shared agenda that would allow all concerned parties to feel satisfied.

Aquarius January 20-February 18
Heavenly bodies move in fixed orbits and their cycles remind us that there is a season for everything. Yet even though those patterns are repetitive, we are not obligated to have the same response. We can think and grow.

Pisces February 19-March 20
Be determined to realize the folly of control, and instead, devote yourself to deepening your trust in yourself and others. It may not be easy to accomplish, but it will eventually bring you greater joy.