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Inspired Thoughts – No, I’m Not a Fortune Teller

While shopping the dairy aisle at my local grocery store, I ran into a woman I used to work with. I hadn’t seen her in over five years. We hugged and got caught-up on what we’d been doing since the last time we’d been together. Then my former coworker surprised me by saying, “I see from Facebook that you are now a fortune teller.”

I couldn’t believe this was still happening in 2018. “No,” I said. “I’m not a fortune teller. I give readings to people using Tarot cards, and I absolutely love it.”

In my new found passion, I’ve discovered that people tend to book readings when they are at a crossroads in their life, or they want clarity around a given situation, or they are simply curious about what cards they’ll draw. I still find readings fascinating, and love to meet new people. I’m always honored to be part of the journey of those who seek me out.

I can’t see the future. If I could, I’m sure my own life would look quite different.

Tarot cards can be used to show probabilities regarding the future, but nothing is cast in concrete since humans can exercise free will. The cards reflect a possible future based upon the individual’s energy at the time of the reading. If a reading was not favorable, subsequent changes to the person’s energy can affect future decisions that result in course corrections. The direction taken is not predetermined—it is up to the person getting the reading.

Rather than focusing on the future, my Higher Power uses me in a different manor. My role is to assist people in their current life situations, in the here-and-now. Information drops-in, or I’m compelled to talk about something that ends up being important to the sitter. They leave with an awareness regarding their circumstance that they did not have before, and are able to think more creatively about their issue. They tend to come up with solutions they hadn’t previously considered.

(You can enter for a chance to win a free Tarot reading by subscribing to my email list. Drawings are held monthly.)

Written By Erin G. Burrell

Author of That’s Why You’re Here

Inspired Thoughts – You Can Teach An Old Dog

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” I’ve heard that saying my entire life. This dog is barking and letting you know, I’ve learned a new trick, and no . . . it’s not rolling over. My latest romp is doing something that my own family and millions of others are doing already. I got on Instagram. (I’m not ashamed to say I had help, thank you Erica.)

Instagram proved similar to learning the Tarot, in that I had no idea what to expect and couldn’t conceive the surprises ahead.

I know some of you may be thinking, “No big deal, I’ve had an account for years,” and good for you. You are so far ahead of my learning curve. The thought of social media/technology sends shivers down my back.

I grew up in a time when telephones were attached to walls and you used them for only one thing—to talk. You were living “high on the hog” if your parents’ phone had a cord that stretched long enough for you to escape into another room. Away from the prying ears of a multi-generational family that as soon as you hung up, would shine a light in your eyes and interrogate you for hours. Unfortunately, our phone had a three foot cord.

So I’ve been playing around with my new Instagram account. One of the first things I learned to do was “follow” my favorite actor and series, Sam Heughan of Outlander. I have already died and gone to heaven, several times over. It does a heart good, and affects other places as well, to see Sam’s sweet face at the start of every morning. I discovered I am not alone in my Sam worship. Sam Heughan has over one million followers.

Something unexpected and amazing happened after I started posting pictures to Instagram, I received “likes” from people I did not know, and some started “following” me. One person was a female author from the Czech Republic, one was a young father from Indonesia, one was an entrepreneur/public speaker from Singapore, and yet another was a fellow book lover from London, England. For years, I have heard about our “global community,” but it wasn’t real for me until I saw these people and experienced it first hand.

Our loves and interests connect us. I’m now linked to people in other countries that I did not know existed one month ago. I’m glad this old dog is still willing to learn. My new trick is pure magic. With a touch of a finger, I’m joined to kindred spirits across the globe, and it happens by means of the phone nestled in my hand. The cord is infinite.

Written By Erin G. Burrell

Author of That’s Why You’re Here

Inspired Thoughts – Are You Afraid To Get A Tarot Reading?

Are You Afraid To Get A Tarot Reading?

People often tell me they are afraid to receive a tarot reading . . . and then they get one anyway. Some say their religion prevents them from having a reading; others say tarot readings are the work of the devil. Yet when I’m giving a reading, I feel galaxies away from anything sinister or evil. I learned the tarot to be of service to others, not to do the work of the devil.

From the beginning, my intent has been to come from a place of light and love, and to be a conduit for healing messages. While giving a reading, the sensations that course through me are positive, and it seems that Source/Higher Power/God (whatever term you’re comfortable with) orchestrated how the person found me. Usually, it’s made clear why the two of us were brought together. The tarot has blessed me with many experiences that have touched my heart, and its power for good continues to amaze me.

My hope is that one day tarot readings are a normal part of our daily life. I hope that someday when I tell people what I do, they won’t recoil, like it’s catching. I’d like to see readings be just another tool that offers assistance to those seeking clarity and help.

Tarot readings are conversations. It’s my belief that a person’s energy/soul will select cards it wishes to discuss. Tarot cards can provide an alternate way to frame a certain situation that is happening in the sitter’s life. An individual can take what information they like from a reading and leave the rest—nothing discussed is written in stone.

I recommend people new to tarot get a reading just for fun. As I’ve written in my book, That’s Why You’re Here, I do readings for a lot of “virgins,” people who have never had a reading before; like the eighty year old woman I read in Reno years ago. We had a good laugh about it being her “first time” at eighty! I love it when I can help someone step out of their comfort zone and explore something new and different. When I step out of my own comfort zone, I’m like a wire sizzling with electricity; I’m totally alive. After all, isn’t that why we’re here, to experience what life has to offer?

Written By Erin G. Burrell

Author Of That’s Why You’re Here

Inspired Thoughts – Double Blessings

I recently published my book That’s Why You’re Here and I have been doubly blessed. It was reviewed in the Mountain Democrat by Wendy Schultz. The colorful cover of my book even made the front page of the newspaper! Also, my books are on the shelf at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, CA.

I’m inviting everyone to come to Face in a Book to support local authors on September 19, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. I’ll will be there and I plan to bring my tarot deck so that customers can pull one card for fun. Of course I’ll have my books and would be happy to sign copies for those interested. It should be an enjoyable evening.

Inspired Thoughts – The Gift

Have you ever felt that a day or an encounter was gifted to you? As if the heavens had dropped a rare treasure right in your lap? Suddenly while talking to someone you don’t really know, your arms pebble with gooseflesh alerting you that something much bigger is taking place?

Today I was gifted.

I got a response to an email I had sent out days earlier and had promptly forgotten about. (I had contacted two women I had only met once before and spoken to briefly, to see if they might promote my book: That’s Why You’re Here. I had given free tarot readings during the prior month at a meeting they were hosting.) One of the women, whom I will call Barb, got back to me with an unexpected answer. She congratulated me on my book, and said she would post my news to the group’s private Facebook page. What surprised me was she said she wanted to buy an autographed copy of my book. I told her I would be honored to do that and we agreed to meet for coffee in an hour. (This was not what I had on my calendar, but I know when it feels like Spirit is involved.)

We met at Starbucks and I presented her with my book. Barb is very knowledgeable on marketing and I’m a novice. She was kind enough to share several helpful hints.
I told her how my book came into being and it became clear the two of us were supposed to connect. We had several life situations in common. She had recently been impacted by grief and that is how my book begins. How the loss of a loved one was the catalyst for my unusual journey into the metaphysical. Grief was a catalyst for Barb also.

We discussed causes we were interested in, and we discovered we were of like minds. The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain weighed heavily on both of us. We knew our meeting was not a coincidence (I don’t believe in them anyway). Just before leaving, I mentioned a community I had lived in for 16 years.

Barb said, “Oh, I know a few people who live there.”

“What are their names?”

She named a husband and wife whom I didn’t know. Then she gave me the name of a man. I sat frozen while tears ran down my checks.

Barb was startled by my reaction and kept repeating, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

“It’s okay,” I managed to choke out. “That man is in my book. He is the person who came to my house to deliver the news that my husband had died. He was an angel in the way he helped me in the following shattered days.”

He and Barb had gone to high school together. There are no coincidences and there was only one degree of separation. I was gifted this day on so many levels.

Within an hour of leaving Starbucks, I got behind a vehicle whose license plate read: GDZWILL.

Don’t I know it. Have you been gifted?

Written By Erin G. Burrell

Author of That’s Why You’re Here

Card of the Month – July 2018

“The number 9 denotes completion. Are you finally ready to let go of those limiting, negative beliefs, or are you allowing the issues in your life to become bigger than they really are? Your mind has been doing quite a job on you lately, and even your dreams may be trying to get your attention. When you learn to let go of the worry, despair, and sense of hopelessness, a positive new way or path will be shown to you.”

Card of the Month – June 2018

“This card reveals that it’s actually your own fear that has you immobilized and trapped — preventing you from making decisions or choices.  You are the one who’s holding yourself prisoner (or hostage); and in order to continue your journey, you must first face your fears so that new people and conditions can manifest.”

Card of the Month – April 2018

“You’re about to embark on a much-needed journey to leave the past behind.  This card lets you know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and it signifies that the time has arrived in which a difficult cycle in your life is coming to an end.”

Card of the Month – March 2018

“The number 5 Mental Card represents significant learning and change, and how you handle yourself at this time is vital to your overall well-being.  This card could relate to a lack of sensitivity in taking action or in response to conditions or situations around you.  This need for sensitivity could relate to you or someone else in your life.”