This true psychic story illustrates how symbolic ideas mirror life. I hope it helps you uncover how a coincidence or dream can illuminate your path.
A woman consulted me about a career issue recently. Since she was out of town, we conducted the session by phone. Considering the distance, I offered my vision for her in the form of an emailed photo.
For an hour, we each sat at our respective computers viewing the image together. It featured a cat sitting next to a dog.
I know, it sounds strange...but as we dialoged about it, we observed fascinating correlations to her situation! Our ideas reasonably reflected the dynamics she faced. They helped her see a way through her challenge. And they even indicated her future.
Now I'll bet you're asking: How could a cat and a dog do all that? The answer is that they can't on their own. But with a knowledge of archetypes, we humans can imagine how these animals would likely appear in a story.
All stories have arcs. They want to land somewhere; a place we might eventually be? Peer into this picture with me, and take a peek into a psychic reading.
Viewing the image may require an internet search. Type 'Photographer Iwago Mitsuaki Cats' into a browser, then click on Images. Among those that appear, find the cute photo of a cat and a dog sitting obediently next to one another in front of a sliding wooden door.
If that doesn't work, try searching within the website http://www.japantimes.co.jp
To fully grasp the psychic story, look at the photo for a moment, and keep that window open as you read this.
It's said that a picture speaks a thousand words. In keeping with the spirit of that wisdom, translating any psychic impression requires an ability to think symbolically.
Even if I receive a psychic impression that's incongruous with a client's situation, I still accept that symbol's ability to speak to my client's issue. The psychic mind is like the dreaming mind- a little weird. In order to interpret a symbol's meaning, you have to consider a principle derived from algebra class: "Let X equal 4."
While talking with my client, I paced over my living room floor, asking myself, "Which animal is she? The cat? Or the dog?" I was slowly walking back and forth between a bookcase on one side of the room, and a window on the other.
Just as I asked this animal-assignment question, I experienced an amazing synchronicity. I happened to be at the bookcase, where my eye spied a small metal box, gifted to me on my last trip to Japan. It's a curio that sits where I drop my keys and wallet once I come through the door. I keep spare coins in it.
The top of that tin features a cat. I thought, OMG! Such a clear indicator! I declared, "I see you as the cat in this photo."
She liked that idea, and immediately declared, "I'm definitely not that dog!" LOL
I love when a coincidence like that happens. But on its own, it's too simplistic and superficial in meaning. What does it really mean to be a cat in a situation like this? To uncover that insight, I had to ask and answer some questions.
What do I know about cats and dogs? Well, they have opposing natures: the Cat is independent, the Dog is co-dependent. Since both animals were embedded in the vision, I considered them in relation to one another. They can tolerate one another, but frequently are at odds.
We were talking about my client's job, and I imagined her as the independent cat, so I asked, "Are you an independent contractor?"
To my delight, she replied, "I am."
"These animals look very well trained. I'm sorry to cast you in terms of a pet, but I see you as a good and obedient employee, and well loved!"
She laughed, then said, "I work for a really good company, and I get along with mostly everybody."
"No doubt there's a dog or two around. But okay. Good." I took a deep breath and said, "Let's see..." And as I sighed, I assimilated what more could be derived from the photo before us.
"This picture features two characters, but I imagine it actually taking four to be realized, two whom we don't see: the photographer, and the owner of the pets.
"I've seen you as the cat, but one can wear many hats. The photographer who composed this scene possesses creativity, precision and discipline. Are you a designer or artist or something?"
"This is crazy. I design window displays."
"I'm marveling at how the photographer got the cat and dog to sit so obediently next to one another. There's this intrinsic resistance and tension in the dynamic. It feels so volatile. Each of the four players has a power to change this picture. The photographer or owner must have given the animals a strong verbal command: 'Sit! Stay!'"
"The thing is," she replied, "my contract is coming up, and they're talking about temporarily releasing me. The law says that they can't renew the agreement continuously unless they give me a new title. I'm anxious about my job security. In my time there, I've seen some full-timers let go."
"Well, I can't ignore the command I see being given to that cat. I see you being asked to stay. Now, this cat may seem domesticated, but it's not pictured in the house. It's an indoor-outdoor cat. So, to my way of looking at it, you can come and go as you please."
I continued, "I'm noticing a little detail on him. Do you see the scarf around his neck with a small bell on it? Presumably the owner put it on there to ensure that he wouldn't be lost. I see this as a sign they want you around.
"Animals are often given identifying numbers, usually by a tattoo or collar, like a social security number. A bell is similar, but less insurable. The owner would listen out for it though. I see you continuing to work for them but under a freelancing status. I believe they're going to call upon you once they miss you.
"When cats are let outside, they hunt. Their owners never really know what they're up to when they're outdoors. I see you looking for a new job in secret."
"I'm already doing that."
"Great. This cat seems pretty well taken care of. Whatever you'd find outdoors, you'd have to compare the effort it takes to get it, with the taste and reliability of the bowl of food you have reliably laid out every day. I think you have a pretty good thing going and you can probably keep it. Any hunting you do would be more for sport, to keep you on your toes."
"You're killing me."
"A favorite perk of my job is the company cafeteria. I'm always telling my friends about how the food and prices are so good it's hard to pass up. They rotate the menu every week so we get variety. I almost never go out for lunch."
Shortly after this reading my client was released from her contract. She was offered a new one to resume as an independent contractor in a couple of months.
Hopefully, she'll use the time to hunt for other options. Since cats always land on their four feet, I think she'll be fine.
My mission is to broaden people's perceptions about natural psychic experiences, and to practically interpret how they might apply to daily life.