March 2000 - How to Consult an Oracle

Throughout human history people have consulted oracles. There are countless methods of divination that have been used in many cultures. People have consulted mediums, spirit guides, and deities. People have consulted bones, entrails, tea leaves, the stars. There is the I Ching, there are Runes, the Tarot cards and other variations on this kind of oracle. Clearly there is a deep need in human beings for guidance, to know the future, to understand.

Traditionally oracles have spoken in riddles. The oracle at Delphi very seldom if ever gave a clear yes or no answer. It spoke in obscure verses that had to be interpreted by the questioner. The I Ching requires meditation and reflection to understand its responses.

Therefore, principle number one in consulting an oracle is, it is best to approach an oracle with the understanding that you are not going to receive an answer. You are going to receive a reflection, a picture of the situation you are in and the possible outcomes. The principle at work in consulting an oracle is that of synchronicity: this universe is one huge interdependent web of being and everything that is happening at any particular moment reflects everything else that is happening. So when the Tarot cards, for example, are laid out with the intention of reflecting the situation of a particular person, the pattern of the cards reflects the intricate interdependent pattern of that person's psyche and relationship to external circumstances.

When you consult a person, someone who reads cards, or is an astrologer, a medium, a psychic, inevitably their personal consciousness is going to be a part of the process. No matter how clear the person, they will have a point of view. That person's understanding, world view and experience will be one of the factors involved in the reflection you get. This is so even if the person is "unconscious" during the process. It is so even when you are consulting spirit guides or entitities. Spirits, like people, have perspectives, beliefs, and world views. The more a guide or oracle acknowledges that it is not speaking an absolute truth, set in stone, the more likely it is you are receiving clear information. Your understanding, experience, karma and perspective will obviously also be a factor in the reflection you get.

If you are going to consult an oracle, it is best to ask for guidance and understanding, rather than "what's going to happen." There are times when an oracle can predict the future. The future is always a variety of probability paths. Sometimes the oracle sees the one that actually manifests as event in this dimension of consciousness. Very often they see other probabillity paths, describe them as what's going to happen, and then people are disappointed when these events do not occur. An oracle, whether it is a person or a tool such as cards or runes, can be influenced by a questioner's desires. When you approach an oracle asking for guidance, reflection, understanding and awareness in relation to a particular situation, it is more likely you will receive an accurate and clear reflection of the complex factors creating and influencing the situation, and a variety of possibilities for proceeding. The more you demand a particular answer, a particular outcome, the more you are attached to a particular outcome, the more likely you are to get a distorted answer. Your need, your grasping after a desired result, consciously or unconsciously, becomes one of the factors reflected in the so-called answer. What can happen then is you either get a more extremely negative answer than the actual circumstances warrant, or you may get an answer that is distorted in the direction of what you wish to have happen.

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Therefore, before you consult an oracle, spend some time in prayer and meditation. Pray for what you want, but then release that desire through the prayer into the universal energy so that you come to the asking of the question in an open state. Meditation helps to clear your energy and connect you with a state of greater awareness, so that, again, when you ask your question you are less attached to your own personal needs and point of view.

It is important to phrase your questions clearly. Consulting an oracle is an interactive process. You receive a certain response, you reflect on it, interpret it, and return to the oracle to clarify and verify your interpretation. Perhaps this is best illustrated by a story from ancient times. The King Croesus consulted the oracle at Delphi as to what would happen if he invaded Persia. The response was that a mighty empire would fall. Croesus immediately proceeded to invade. Cyrus not only drove him back but counter-attacked, and the kingdom of Croesus was decimated. Croesus had neglected to clarify what mighty empire would fall. (Note: this story is to be found in the histories of Herodotus).

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While it has been traditional in human history for certain people to serve as oracles, or for there to be specific methods that are used for divination, it is possible for people to connect with their own guidance, their own awareness, to better understand the course of their lives.

Here is a simple meditation for beginning to experience yourself as oracle. Sit down quietly, follow the breath, surround yourself with rainbow light and state out loud that you are surrounding yourself with light, and ask that only the greatest good may come from your inquiry.

Say a prayer. Release the energy of need, desire, and clinging to particular outcome into the light. Invite the presence of awareness. "I ask for guidance in this situation in my life." Ask your question; one at a time. And then simply sit quietly. Breathe in, breathe out. Have a notebook nearby to write down any thoughts or images that arise. If no clear sense arises, simply sit quietly for a time. Outer oracles are not the only ones that speak in riddles. Write down whatever comes to you, and later, work with it. Notice over the next few days what insights arise in relation to the question you asked.

If you are familiar with a method of divination you like to use, use it after entering this meditative space. Lay out the cards, throw the coins. Leave a lot of space between each card, between each toss of the coins. Ask each card, each hexagram, what are you saying to me? Don't just rely on the standard interpretation from a book, although it is certainly important to be familiar with the traditional meanings. As you close the session, thank whatever form of the the oracle it is that you are consulting, including your own inner awareness.

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Sometimes the reflection you receive in this way simply clarifies that you have choice, that there is not a "right" or "wrong" path. The choice is up to you, but the oracle again can help you understand the factors and forces involved.

Very often when people are learning to trust their intuition, to get in touch with their inner guidance, they will say, but how do I know if this is just my imagination? Given the emphasis in today's society on the rational, left-brain approach to problem-solving, whenever people begin to explore their own intuitive powers and open up to other dimensions of consciousness, this question will arise. At times one will err on the side of "imagining." However, the imagination is an important aspect in consulting an oracle or experiencing one's own intuitive guidance. Allow yourself to imagine that it is possible to develop your awareness, to sense the energy of a situation, to know with greater clarity and inner assurance your next step at any given moment. Allow yourself to imagine the desired outcome to a situation. Rather than going to the oracle and saying, "Is this going to happen?" go to the oracle and ask,"What can I do to help this come into being?" Or you can ask, "What is blocking this?"

Again, the consultation of an oracle is not a passive process, where you are given answers. In the very process of interacting with the oracle, probabilities expand, new energy is brought to a situation, transformation occurs.

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Equinox Meditation

The day of the equinox, the beginning of spring, is a wonderful time to spend some time in meditation. The equinox times are balance points, the balance of light and dark, yin and yang. It can be helpful simply to sit down and spend some time in quiet meditation, feeling that balance, the transition point, the stillness in the midst of activity. One can tune into the energies of spring, rebirth, regeneration. Imagine that you feel within you the sap rising, the seeds germinating, the ice melting, the ground thawing. Feel the resonance of those energies in your own being: the heart melts, the energy increases, visions bloom into actualities, intentions manifest.

The equinox is an appropriate time to set intention, to envision, to pray. Even if you don't sit down to meditate that day, take a moment to acknowledge it, to notice the passageway, the coming of spring. Buy a flower, give it to a friend, notice the rhythm of the day, the lengthening of the light. Welcome the sun, its return, the energy it brings.

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