Can divination help you find answers and move forward?
Emma Hibbs needed answers – discover how a divination workshop helped her use her intuition to find them
Emma Hibbs tries out a workshop designed to hone your intuition and help you access inner wisdom
Solutions to trying problems can come from the most unlikely sources, like a pile of old bones from a long-dead sheep. I know… who’d have thought it? Yep, bones are one of the tools we’re using at the divination workshop I’m attending, at Woodford Spiritualist Church, in East London, given by teacher and psychic Wendy Stokes.
The workshop is all about how to use divination to find insight into any problems you’re facing, or how to move forward from a situation you feel ‘stuck’ in.
‘Divination works because the unconscious mind knows the situation,’ Wendy explains before we begin. ‘And it also knows the answer but we need to access these deep levels of the mind to arrive at the best conclusion. Using a divination tool can throw up something we might not have thought of, or that has been eluding our conscious thought process.’
There are 17 of us here for the workshop, many of whom are seeking answers to something in their life. Personally, I’m here to try to find the answer to an emotional family dilemma that I've been losing sleep over.
I’d describe myself as ‘spiritually curious’, but I am slightly worried that I don’t have any psychic abilities, and won’t be able to divine anything. When the other people on the course introduce themselves I’m impressed by their spiritual ‘credentials’.
There’s Marie who’s been going to Spiritualist churches for two years and has brought along her own crystal ball, Brian who’s a healer, and a City worker, who asks to remain anonymous, who’s been psychic since she was very small, plus two professional mediums. However, Wendy assures me we’ve all got a psychic ability to some degree, and once you find the divination tool that’s right for you, you can use it to help develop this intuitive side.
We’ll be trying out an array of different tools today. Apart from the sheep bones, there are crystal balls, ‘scrying’ mirrors, pendulums, runes… something for everyone.
Wendy, who has been teaching psychic development for over 20 years, says: ‘It’s important to try different tools to see what works for you, and really suits you.’
To get started, we’re asked to focus on the question we need an answer to, ‘something you really need help with’. I concentrate on the situation that is causing me a lot of angst, which boils down to: ‘Should I encourage my ageing father to move out of his bungalow and into sheltered accommodation?’ This emotional quandary has had us both foxed for weeks – he’s nearly 82, so we need to get on and decide.
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