Inspired by the Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
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The Intuitive Heart™ Discovery Method Training
Henry Reed, Ph.D., Mentor
Briefly, the three phone conferences are intended for these purposes:
Each of the three mentoring phone calls will be initiated by the following process:
If at any time you have questions about the course of assignments, you may contact your mentor, using the information below:
Watch Video #1 through to the point that you are to put it on pause to record your vision of divine order. Just prior to that point on the video, Dr. Reed will guide you through a meditation on "divine order."
You may also find supplementary reading material on this meditation in the text section of this syllabus, entitled, "Entering Divine Mind: The Intuitive Heart™ Method."
The meditation asks you to focus on your breathing and allow it to guide you into the "flow" state that is archetypally associated with divine order. Then the meditation asks you to open your heart in gratitude or appreciation, which places you into deeper attunement with divine order, as unconditional love for things as they are. Then Dr. Reed asks you to notice what this state of mind feels like to you, what imagery it brings to mind.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you begin to develop the ability to enter an intuition-facilitative state of mind in which you may receive information from your inner self relative to a set intention. In future assignments you will continue to practice and improve your skill at this meditation, until entering into this state of mind, "Divine Mind," will come easily and quickly to you, allowing you to go within for information as needed.
Make a copy of your drawing of "Divine Order" and mail it to your mentor, providing a summary of your available times for a phone call during the subsequent two week period, with information concerning how the mentor may contact you (phone or email) to set up an appointment.
The purpose of this first consultation with your mentor is to get acquainted, to discuss your ability to enter into the state of consciousness of divine mind, and to talk about your image of divine order. You may also ask any questions that you wish.
After you make your own drawing of divine order, you may resume viewing the video, which shows many examples of student drawings of divine order, as well as several of Dr. Reed's own watercolor representations of his experiences of divine order.
Finish watching Video #1. As you do so, Dr. Reed demonstrates how to form intuitive connections with Tarot cards using two different exercises.
In the first exercise, Dr. Reed demonstrates the use of the meditation on divine order, which places you in a special state of consciousness, to do an Intuitive Heart™ reading on a Tarot card. This reading involves a "memory divination" on the unknown Tarot card that is face down in front of you.
In the second exercise, Dr. Reed demonstrates how to visually study the card, then close your eyes to use imagery to allow the card to come alive in your imagination. For an alternative presentation on this second exercise, see the sample of the Internet "On-Line" course, given in the Internet Resources section of this syllabus.
You are to do the first exercise only (the second is optional and suggested for those who wish to learn more about the Tarot). For this exercise, use both your Enchanted Tarot deck and book set, and the I Ching hexagrams in the Thurston text.
The purpose of this exercise is to
Do only one divination each day, to allow adequate time to digest the results. You should record your results in your journal.
As you conduct these divinations, you should read Thurston's Synchronicity text, through page 107.
You may wish to take a day or two off between each divination, so that you can rest and refresh yourself. Working too quickly will likely dilute the power of this learning adventure.
To increase the intensity and value of this assignment, each time you prepare for a Tarot card or Hexagram for your initial reading, set your intention clearly in your mind: the purpose of this exercise is to help you form a direct, intuitive relationship with the card or Hexagram. You expect your memory divination to draw upon experiences and wisdom you've distilled from the past to understand the card or Hexagram in personal terms. And you intend that the subsequent 24 hours to bring you events and experiences that will stimulate insights about the relationship of your initial meditations on the card to the meaning of that card, to help you better digest what you read about that card in your reference books.
At that time, include in your letter a summary of your available times for a phone call during the subsequent two week period, with information concerning how the mentor may contact you (phone or email) to set up an appointment.
The purpose of this consultation with your mentor is to discuss your developing ability to use the memory divination to personally connect with the Tarot cards and I Ching Hexagrams. It is to help you formulate your own understanding of this process as it relates to the heart of divination--the use of metaphor, understanding something unknown in terms of something known. You may also ask your mentor any question you wish.
Begin to view Video #2, The Divine Play. The purpose of this video is to help you see the divination process as a game, as a play upon the stage, or field, of the divine mind. Seeing divination in this general way will help you break from any rote, or superstitious, relationship to divinations such as Tarot readings, and should help you to loosen up in your readings, become more creative in how you work with Tarot "spreads" and other divination systems, and to appreciate more the role of your own intuition and inner wisdom in doing divinations, relying less upon what you read in the reference books about the meaning of the Tarot cards or I Ching hexagrams, or other divination devices.
Watch the video until Dr. Reed asks you to put it on pause and make your own drawing of your ideal town. You are encouraged to make your own town drawing before viewing the interpretation. The drawing need not be a piece of art, but a simple diagram. But make it before looking at the examples. Once you view the interpretation on the video, you will not be able to do a drawing in "innocence." The video instructions for drawing the town, and its interpretation, are supplemented by a section in your text material, titled, "The Town Test." It is highly recommended that you not read the second section of that article until you have done your own drawing.
After you have made a drawing, then you may continue viewing the video. You ll see Dr. Reed explain the theory of the town test, show his own town drawing and interpret it, as well as show other students' drawing and give a brief interpretation. With this demonstration and the reading material in the text section of this syllabus, you will be able to form your own interpretation of your town, an interpretation that will develop over time.
The video then shows how your town test can be turned into a divination game. You can experiment with this game for yourself. Get coins as shown in the video, a quarter, dime, nickel and penny, set a question, and throw the coins onto the town test.
Using the town diagram as the field for a divination demonstrates the symbolism of the divine play present in divination. The town is a reflection of heaven. It is the abode of the divine mind which organizes energy into the manifestation called divine order. The earthly reflection of this divine order is the town, where people live and work together in harmony with divine law. The coins are like actors or forces at play in the divine mind. As you toss them, synchronicity expresses itself. What is your question? What do you seek to understand?
Your town is a reflection of your own vision of divine order as you live it out in your desires, actions and thoughts. The toss of the coins brings your attention to certain aspects of your drawing, asking you to pay special attention to these areas. Make up a story about what you see about the way the coins have landed on your town. Let your intuition flow like your breath as you give birth to wisdom and insight about your own life and the forces at work in it at this moment. Enjoy the freedom and creativity of being a diviner!
Using the town test in this way opens your thinking to the possibilities that exist in divine play that could be manifested in a divination system. The students who helped make this video created their own divination games. At the end of this video you will see some of them.
Plan to spend only about an hour designing your town test, watching that section of the video, doing a coin divination on your town drawing.
Then over time, in the back of your mind, be thinking about how you might create your own divination game. According to Dr. Reed on the video, to create your divination game you need:
A divine playing field, the stage upon which the play will happen. It could be a board with a picture of the "world" as you envision it, showing the various areas of life in which "stuff happens."
Actors or forces, the free wheeling, autonomous "beings" or "revealers" that play upon the field of the divine game.
Thinking about your own divination game, even if you never make one, will help you in the creating of your own vision that will shape your divination readings. Proceed to the next assignment, where you will use Tarot cards to create your own divination "play space."
In the video, you've seen how it is possible to create a divination game. The layout of the "divine world" is a basic component of any divination system. In Tarot, the most common layout is called the Celtic Cross. You can read about this layout in your Enchanted Tarot text (pages 176-181).
(If you have access to the Internet, you may wish to look at the "links" given in the Internet resource section, under the heading of "automated readings." You can learn about Tarot reading by getting cards read for you at these web sites. There is no charge for this type of activity. There are also links to on-line readers, who often do charge a fee to perform an individual reading for you.)
In this assignment, you will create your own layout. Play with the Tarot cards to explore a variety of "Tarot Worlds," or layouts. The idea is simple: explore a variety of ways of laying out several of the Major Arcana Tarot cards to simulate a "world." This will help you become more familiar with the Tarot imagery. It will help stimulate your imagination in relation to the cards. It will also help develop your understanding and appreciation for Tarot layouts besides the Celtic Cross. Today you will find readers using a variety of layouts for their readings. You may find that one of your own layouts is best for your readings.
To begin this assignment, lay the 22 Major Arcana cards in a circle, with 0: The Fool at the top and proceeding consecutively clockwise around the circle. Explore your imagination and play with telling a story about the "world" as you make your way around the circle.
Now simplify the circle, removing some of the cards, rearranging the others to tell "your" story.
Why is it important to think about inventing your own divination game? Because it helps you to think about your own world view, your spiritual understanding of life, its opportunities and challenges. When you practice divination, you bring yourself into play. Your intuition is at work in the interpretation of the reading. Your own wisdom and world understanding is at work in the formulation of the reading, in the insights you are able to deliver.
Your text, "Enchanted Tarot" can help you get started with divination by giving you answers to use for interpreting what it means when a particular card appears in the divination. Your text, Synchronicity as Spiritual Guidance can give you ideas about how to combine the wisdom of something like the I Ching with another source, such as the Edgar Cayce readings. But if you wish to develop expertise at divination, you will want to go beyond this rote level of reading, whether it's using Tarot or anything else. The purpose of this course is to help you learn to use your own intuition to see into divine order. We use practice with the Tarot deck to achieve this skill. Thus you need to develop more abilities than how to look up an interpretation in a book, even though, as you are discovering, there is a lot you can read that is very helpful, in terms of information. But how do all these factors combine to make for a reading?
To give you an insight on this matter, Dr. Reed has invented what he calls the "Question and Answer Game." You will see it demonstrated in the final section of the second video. You can also read about it in the text section of this syllabus.
You are highly encouraged to gather some friends together to play this game. It will open your eyes about what is at work in a divination reading. It is fun to play and will help you develop the fluidity you'll need to become an excellent diviner. It will also give you added respect for the role of your own personal wisdom in conducting divinations. As you'll discover, there is no way to get around "going within" for guidance.
To play this game with friends, you can use the Tarot cards from the Enchanted Tarot, and the I Ching Hexagrams from your Synchronicity text. These two sources can be the "Ancient Wisdom." The players will provide their own Legacy Lessons, based upon their own best wisdom, and they'll provide their own Intuitive Heart" readings on the questions submitted, as demonstrated in the video.
This option is best for those who wish to develop their intuition through the practice of divination. It is best for those whose interest in divination is a part of their general interest in spiritual development. It does require that you be willing to share this experience with others. You don't have to be an expert, just generous enough to share with others.
If you choose this option, then take notes during the game, and write up a report on the experience. Ask the players to rate the various sources of guidance, and discuss these ratings at the end of the game. Ask the group to help you choose one of the questions asked, that seemed to work out the best, or be most interesting, to include in your report. Then, to finish your report, go for a walk:
The purpose of this final consultation is to review the assignments you submitted, especially with regard to your understanding of your own developing skills at using your intuition in divination. You and your mentor can discuss the "Question and Answer Game" and your Synchronicity Walk to discover what you have learned about the role of your intuition and your own inner wisdom in perceiving what is in divine mind with regard to questions that come up in life, and how you might use your skills for personal guidance. You may also ask any questions you wish of your mentor. A good one would be, "Where do I go from here?"
In this second option, you will conduct a divination for your mentor, using a combination of the Intuitive Heart™ memory divination method and a Celtic Cross Tarot spread. This option is best for those who are more seriously focused upon becoming a reader for others, or who have a specialized interest in the Tarot.
You will want to prepare yourself with some practice readings before you set up the divination for your mentor. Here is a suggested path of preparation.
Study pages 168-181 in your Enchanted Tarot text.
The purpose of this final consultation with your mentor is to go over your work for assignments 4 and 5. One theme will be the difference between doing divination for yourself and for someone else.
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