Daily inspirations

I was at ConsciousOne today. ConsciousOne is a site offering a variety of spiritual/self-help online courses and packages by the likes of Wayne Dyer and Sylvia Browne. I can’t remember when I first found them — I’ve been getting e-mail updates from them for many months, if not years, though I don’t always read them. I can remember when they first came up with their Wisdom Flash multimedia things — they seemed promising but IMO failed to live up to the promise (and I hate Flash). The last time I really looked at their site was when I reading up on psychic medium John Holland (his Psychic Navigator course is offered at ConsciousOne) a few months ago.

Anyway, they offer a daily inspirational message called “the Daily Guru“. Don’t know how they are over time but today’s is particularly relevant:


Your success in any occupation depends on your enjoyment.
Loving your work makes the difference.
If you enjoy what you do, you’ll be successful.
If you don’t enjoy what you do, you won’t be successful.

Your chances for success are directly proportional
to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do.
If you have a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out.
You’ll never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.

Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind,
enjoyment, and happiness which comes only when you find
the work that you like best.

You don’t pay the price for success.
You enjoy the price for success.
Work is love made visible.

While I was at ConsciousOne, I did a reading with Doreen Virtue’s angel cards. (I’ve kept the reading private because the question was private.) It was quite interesting, and surprisingly accurate. ConsciousOne offers online readings with a number of different decks with which you can do daily readings. Daily readings are among the simplest and best ways to use cards to help guide you. I did a quick one card pull with Wayne Dyer’s inner peace cards and turned up the meditation card, which says (on the front) “I meditate every day to nurture my soul. ” and (on the back)  “Mediation gives you the opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It shatters the illusion of your separateness.” Also appropos, given that meditation has been at the forefront of my thoughts lately.

One of my favourite decks is the Luman Deck by Mindy Sommers. She and her husband also run the Color Bakery, which makes incredible tiles based on her artwork. Even more awesome is the fact that their house is purple, all glorious purple. It is a sight to behold. They used to offer a free online reading, which was very nice. I own a set of the cards but haven’t really used them much — they’re a bit larger than normal and a little awkward to shuffle.

Even more favourite is the beautiful new tarot deck, the Gaian Tarot. They offer an online oracle that is quite uplifting. Unlike many tarot readings, the Gaian deck puts positive spins on even the negative cards, which I really like. I have trouble connecting with the doom-and-gloom of much of the traditional tarot deck. The Gaian deck is a work-in-progress. The major arcana is done but they’re still working on the rest of the deck — the aces through sixes are done as are the pages, knights, and queens. I’d love to buy them but, at $80 for 22 cards, they’re a bit pricey. The cards are handmade, so the price isn’t surprising but still…

Aw, heck — I have some Christmas money to spend yet. Maybe I’ll splurge.


You may already have won…

Got an e-mail today telling me I’d won a Columbia sleeping bag. I know what you’re thinking. I had the same thought. How many bogus “you have won” e-mails do you get?

Funny thing is that this one is legitimate. I’d entered the Subway Greatest Contest Ever contest — you had to go to their site and run this little race thing. The contest ended on December 14 and I’ve won a sleeping bag. Go figure. Not the neatest of prizes available but definitely nowhere near the worst and, hey, a prize is a prize.

I tend to win things I can’t really use. It’s like the universe wants to make sure I don’t get cynical but doesn’t want to give me too much. I can remember going to a wedding show with a friend of mine who was getting married. There were dozens of door prizes, most of them things like bottles of wine or weekends away. I won a package to get my wedding invitation mounted on a plaque. Nice prize…if you’re actually getting married. I gave it to my friend but she never bothered using it. Another time I won a certificate for dinner at a nice restaurant. Unfortunately, the restaurant was outside of the city and only accessible if you had a car. So the certificate never got used. There have been others. This sleeping bag is just another in the list — I don’t camp and don’t really have a need for a sleeping bag (could have used it last year when my heat wasn’t working properly but this year my place is toasty) — but at least a sleeping bag is easier to take possession of than a snowmobile. 😉