Oh the places you'll go... My high school band director got that book by Dr. Suess for me when I graduated from high school. Not even an adult yet, I turned 18 during my freshman year in college and the title of that book was something that I didn't truly appreciate until recently. My path has been quite the adventure, going from a small town to all the places I've went should make an interesting read whenever my book of life is finished. Which should be many thousands of years, since I plan to be immortal and travel the galaxy with Terry. Based on all the amazing things that's happened to me so far, that somehow doesn't seem outside the realm of possibilities anymore.
Now that I'm about six years in to the part two of my life story, I look back and see how much I've evolved since the guy that thought he lost it all didn't actually lose anything since most of it was manufactured and contrived. There a couple of things I still carry with me from Part One (which I consider everything after college), but the rest ended up in the recycle bin and emptied long ago. Along with everything else, my connection with spirituality shifted immensely to where it exists today. I don't think I'm alone in that.
The concept of religion wasn't one I grew up with. Although at the age of 3 my mother found me talking to God while I was playing in the sandbox, she has always told me they never talked about it much in the house and was confused how I had picked up on something like that. Interestingly enough, I do remember sitting in the sandbox and talking, but of course I don't remember the conversation. Mom said she panicked, because she heard when young children talked about God like that it meant they were on their way out. But I'm still here, although given my experiences I wonder how I survived to be typing this right now. Yes, everyone can say the same exact thing and I'm not alone in that sentiment, but from my perspective I have to shake my head sometimes and offer gratitude I still exist.
Anyways, I've gone from connecting to heaven and damnation to a place where I feel I'm heading towards my version of enlightenment. Everyone's path is different of course, so when I say my version I mean its from my perspective. Throughout the journey I have identified as a catholic, Lutheran, being "spiritual", naturalist, witchcraft (heaven forbid), and dabbled in many others along the way. But I've come to a conclusion about myself that is where I sit right now and it makes sense to me. Having a very scientific mind since I was little and graduating with a degree as a medical scientist, there are times when my scientific method part of mind battles with the spiritual side, but I've come to a place where there is some reconciliation between the two.
It all comes down to energy. We are all energy, which is a scientific fact. We actually do glow or have bioluminescence, but our eyes can't register it with the wavelengths it can receive. Whether you sit in prayer, meditate with intention, follow a structured incantation, or repeat words from a book of shadows, bible, or other document, you're focusing your energy on whatever it is you're trying to manifest into reality. A Christian praying for a miracle to save a family member in reality is no different than a wiccan reciting an incantation to heal someone they love. They're both using the power of thought and pure intention to manifest their desire into their reality. The only reason they each carry their own title is no different than all the people joining the different fraternities and sororities from college. The group they joined had the same interests, perspective, and provided them with some benefit they perceived that gave them some type of status of one kind or another in the community they were in. Humans crave a structure and framework in which to exist, so you congregate with those who seem the most like you. There's nothing wrong with that, but when its used to diminish those that choose not to have an association with any one group, to me it becomes a problem. But that's a whole different conversation.
So at the end of the day, I chose not to have a label or be categorized into any one realm. I choose to be a tourist, learning what I can from the information I'm able to gather and understand, and take from it what resonates with me and leave the rest behind. The closest thing I can identify with is energy worker. Primarily because I believe that thoughts and intention carry information to Source (God, The Universe, Higher Power, Creator, etm.) and through focused thought you make your intentions known and should it have enough energy, amps, voltage, whatever, it can bring that intention into reality. I've seen it happen over and over again and if you have the right mindset, what you want can come to you almost instantaneously. Effort behind the intention makes it even stronger.
I am constantly amazed by Terry, who is a Reiki Master, and how in just one session with him, clients experience such a physical and emotional shift that even they don't know what happened. Watching a woman who can't move come out of a session with full mobility or following someone who was a shut-in now doing public presentations is a testament, at least to me, that working to modify your personal energy to a place that is more pleasing has long lasting results. As humans, for the most part, we feel like we need permission in order to do something that seems outside our reach. If anything, energy work informs someone that they have the ability to shift their focus to a happier place without needing someone to tell them its okay to do that. But again, to me, its the physical ailments that disappear that still get me. And its not just Terry, its all the Reiki energy workers that have similar stories of assisting someone to a better place. What's nice to see is that now its going mainstream, with hospitals who have Reiki practitioners on call to work in surgical suites while patients are having surgery. Some hospitals even have hospital departments just for metaphysical related modalities... see Mayo Clinic's Integrative Healing Enhancement program for an example.
And to those who's immediate response is that we're crazy, remember even people who are devout Christians' who in therapy talk about praying and having conversations with their higher power, can receive a diagnosis of having delusions in some circumstances. Then, of course, people tend to forget that in the bible there are passages like in Mark 16:17-18 and John 14:12 where even Jesus says that anyone who believes can heal the sick and perform miracles. Its an ability that everyone has, its just we have been made ignorant of it or told that we're not allowed. If the bible is being used as a reference, Jesus said it was okay, so you don't get more permission than that.
My best friend Jean and I, before I knew any of this stuff, would have fun calling the wind to see what would happen. It would come of course and it was a fun thing to do. Little did I know doing that was just focused intention and desire. Manifesting is something everyone should know how to do. Why leave fate to chance when you can write your own story.
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Danny is the co-owner of Soul and Synergy, LLC with his husband Terry in Eau Claire Wisconsin and author of The Divination Society blog and journal. As an accomplished Tarot Card reader, Danny oversees the divination services in the store. Danny has a bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a master's in Business Administration. Danny is also a certified Reiki Master and an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church. As an instructor for Basic Tarot and an Advanced Masterclass in Tarot, Danny's passion is teaching others about the value of learning about divination in its many forms.