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Coincidences and Manifestations – New Lessons

I am not one of those people who is instantly comfortable with new technology. I can catch on after a while if shown how enough times, but I don’t “just play around with it until I get it” as my daughter advises, every time I get a new phone. I am impressed however with the quality of music videos on my latest phone. Any song, any time is such a luxury. If one is stuck in my head, a few clicks and I can watch and listen to my heart’s content, or until it stops looping inside my brain – whichever comes first. So the day after Glen Campbell died, I did just that. I wasn’t a huge Campbell fan. I was about 14 or 15 during the height of his popularity and frankly I was more into bubblegum pop rather than country pop, but of course I heard his music. His TV show was on every week and in the days of one TV per house, I watched what my dad wanted to watch and that was anything featuring country music. After Campbell’s death what I really wanted to hear was Glen Campbell playing “Classical Gas”. Somewhere in my memory I had a clear picture of that performance from a long time ago. I didn’t know if he’d ever recorded it, but I searched my phone and there it was! (Several versions actually.) Now that I’m older and wiser I appreciate the musical talent that he had and I remember liking his version better that the original. The video did not disappoint. What a gift to watch him perform once again.

A few days earlier I had a different experience completely void of technology. My husband and I were browsing through an antique mall and I came across a small stack of piano music. I don’t usually pay much attention to that because I have quite a bit of music already. Enough to keep me busy anyway. But I stopped and looked at the stack. There was a Glen Campbell piano book right on top. All the pieces were from 1968 or before and I didn’t have any of those songs. I knew them all. It wasn’t expensive and in good shape, so I bought it and brought it home. I sat it on my piano thinking I’d play through it the next time I had time to play. After the news that he’d passed away, and after I watched the “Classical Gas” video, I sat down at the piano and played the songs. I was grateful I had them because it was a nice little private tribute to a great artist and a reminder of my teenage years. What a coincidence to find that book at that time, just a few days before he died. I sometimes think in this age, we can artificially manifest too easily exactly what we want, when we want it. So few limitations exist compared to the past. I also think that we continue to create in another more esoteric way as well. The results may not be as immediate or as dramatic but for me at least they are a bit gentler on my mind.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

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The Door (first published July 2013)

My first Siamese cat, J.C. was not strictly a house cat. I lived in the country at the time so it was possible for J.C. to spend time outside with minimal danger. The house was surrounded by woods to explore so naturally he was often pursuing those delights. He would sit by the door and let me know (in a loud voice) when he was ready for adventure. The problem came when this happened all day long. J.C. would go out for a while, show up at the patio door (his preferred entry) for me to let him in and then an hour later (after a brief nap) be ready to go again. I was constantly letting him in and letting him out. Or when I was at work, he’d be trapped in all day, which made him quite cranky. Sometimes he was out when I needed to leave. Eighty acres is a large area to cover hollering, “Kitty, kitty” (which he often ignored). I finally came up with the idea to get J.C. his own pet door. He could go in and out as he pleased and I would not be constantly on demand. Because the doors to the house all had storm doors, I decided to install the pet door in a basement window on the back of the house. After a bit of grumbling, my husband at the time, put the door in and built a carpeted ramp from the window down to the basement floor. It was my job to teach J.C. how to use it – which took a bit of doing, but he finally mastered it. I thought it was the best decision I had ever made, but we can never know the consequences of our decisions. I never dreamed that J.C. would not come back in the door alone. I quickly learned he was a very good hunter. The first “present” to greet me at the bottom of the basement stairs was I believe a mole, his favorite prey. There were mice and snakes, lizards and even small rabbits, and some things I couldn’t identify. Sometimes they were alive, sometimes not. He was so proud. I was so grossed out! What could I do? He would be devastated if I removed his door and I would have to go back to letting him in and out! For the rest of his life, I put up with the uninvited guests. I guess when you open a door; you can’t always control or foresee what might come through. It just might be more than you expected.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

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There’s Always Another Level – New Lessons

A little over three years ago I first wrote about the incredible gifts we receive from our kitty, Lily. Almost every time we come home after being away from the house – even for a few minutes – Lily has left a present on the kitchen rug. Usually it is one of the little soft balls that she loves to play with, but there have also been toy mice and other small toys – as many as three at a time sometimes. Before she comes downstairs at night to “watch TV” with us, she usually leave one ball on the rug by the side of the bed for us to find upon retiring. We can hear her “singing”, despite her mouthful, as she carries her gift to its final destination. Occasionally we also find gifts in the hall. Just because. She’s always off asleep somewhere. Never expecting praise for her deed.  Lily is so sweet and thoughtful and generous. We think it is an extraordinary expression of her love. It has always reminded us how small tokens of generosity and thoughtfulness can mean so much. But we hadn’t seen anything yet. I had a large rubber ball that I’d used for strengthening my hand. It was so large, I discarded it for a smaller ball. Not even thinking about it, I dropped it in the secondary cat toy basket in our basement. These are mostly toys the cats have lost interest in. A couple of weeks ago we came home from the grocery and as usual Lily had left us a small ball on the rug. Right next to it though was the large rubber ball! Here’s the picture. Lily had to somehow get that huge ball out of the basket, then carry the ball – which is as big as her whole head – up all the basement steps to deposit it on the kitchen rug. She also had to get her little ball to put next to it. All of this took place in just about thirty minutes. (I’m not counting interference from the other cats – which is almost certain.) I just stood speechless and stared at the balls. There’s always another level. Things can always be improved. We can always give more, love better, and be more thoughtful. The obstacles, either real or imagined, can always be overcome.  If a cat knows this instinctively, shouldn’t we?

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

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New Lessons – The Wisdom Within Each Moment

I have been writing these little stories for close to twenty five years.  I published some in a book and have read them over and over. You would think that by now I’d get it. Everything, absolutely everything that happens to us is an opportunity to learn and grow. Everyone we have ever met, from our family members to the stranger in the elevator is a significant part of our lives. And in my case, my kitties past and present, offer lessons every day. The weather, the traffic, what kind of job we do, where we live, our illnesses and on and on are blessings designed as serendipitous events that all happen for a reason. One of the mistakes we make is dwelling on the why of everything. We look at the happenings in our lives, the people and events, with a microscope. What did I do wrong is the most popular. Also there is, what if I had made a different decision? Then whatever it is wouldn’t have happened.  It is so hard, at least for me, to remember to not react this way. The why or who doesn’t matter as much as how we react to the situation. I still struggle with this. I have to practice every day by reminding myself to accept what happens and just plain deal with it the best way I can. I have to remind myself not to panic, get angry or sad, or generally make things worse. Because we usually spend a lot of time making things worse. I don’t know why I have spent so much of my life writing these stories. Incredibly I never thought about it before now. I assume it is one of my lessons.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”


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Making Music (first published May 2013)

When I was a teenager, my parents spent a couple of hours every evening tending to my grandmother; first at her home and then in a nursing home. I spent that time blissfully at home – alone. I would usually play the piano and sing. I made believe that I was performing in some huge concert hall and everyone was cheering and applauding for me. It was great fun. Getting the material however, was a bit of a chore. There wasn’t extra money for sheet music or even records so my only resource was the radio. I didn’t play piano by ear, but I could pick out chords to just about any song I heard. So when I heard a new song that I liked, I would have to wait to catch it on the radio again and again to write down the words (I only got a line or two each time) and memorize the melody. Sometimes it would take weeks to get it completed. Then I would sing it over and over and write the chords into the lyrics as I found them on the piano. It was hard and sometimes frustrating work but I soon had several pretty impressive notebooks full of songs. Today things are different. If I like a song on the radio, within minutes I can hear it again, download it and burn a CD. I don’t play the piano now like I did then, though. Maybe music is just too readily available in our high tech world. When I had to work for it, it meant so much more. It seems anything that comes too easy, just isn’t as much fun.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”


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New Lessons – Workout Buddy

Most people do not believe in things they can’t see or imagine. If they need a job, they can’t imagine where it will come from. If they want a partner in life and don’t know anyone suitable, they believe there is no one available. For every problem they have, they expect the solution to be something they already know – as if there isn’t anything other than that. These people obviously don’t live with a Siamese cat. Siamese cats are very special for a lot of reasons. For one thing, they have no inkling of a finite Universe. If they persist enough, there is nothing they cannot have. If they have a personality like my Thai, that persistence become manic behavior, not to be ignored, which includes pacing and screaming at the top of his lungs. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me go back a bit. Before Thai was even born, I began doing exercises in my basement. I wanted to work on strength training and flexibility. It went okay at first but like many things we start, it became harder and harder to commit to my daily routine. I often said that I wished I knew somebody who would want to work out with me. It would be great to have someone who would encourage me to exercise.  But I couldn’t think of anyone, so I assumed there wasn’t anyone. In the meantime, this loud, squirmy ball of fur came to live with us.  The first couple of years were spent in perpetual motion – running and playing. Eventually though as he got a little older, Thai realized that there were others living in the house with him.  He became a little interested in what we were doing. I don’t even remember the first day he showed up during my exercises. He was just curious at first, but he liked it that mommy was down on the floor at his level. He was mostly a nuisance.  I had to maneuver around him and he was always in the way. Slowly over the years though, he has gotten into the rhythm of what I am doing. He runs to the room as soon as he hears my video begin, sits patiently during warm-ups and goes nuts when I finally roll out my floor mat. He throws his body down next to me for multiple tummy rubs so I have learned to incorporate tummy rubs into my routine. Lately while I ride my exercise bike, he climbs up the front wheel into my arms. Eventually I scoot him over to his bed, on the chair nearby. I usually work out around the same time most days. If I’m late, Thai begins his pacing and screaming to let me know what time it is. I wouldn’t have, couldn’t have imagined that the best work out buddy ever would be a Siamese cat. He makes sure I exercise every day, distracts me from, well exercising and I get kitty kisses as a bonus. What more could I ask for?

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

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Morning Routine (first published 2014)

Sometimes during my morning routine, my kitty friend Lily will plop herself down in front of me. I know what she wants. She wants to be brushed. I don’t always have time. My cat friends get more attention than any cats on the planet, but sometimes there are other things I have to do. This morning, there she was tummy up in my way. I had a full day planned but not a strict schedule so I reluctantly succumbed to her desire and began brushing her. As she purred and rolled and snuggled I began to realize that this was more about me than her. Sure she loves to be brushed, but as I brushed and smoothed down her fur I began to relax and enjoy the interaction with her. It seems she only does this on mornings when I’m particularly stressed or rushed. Maybe I’ll be more cooperative with her assessment of things. I think she may not realize when she needs to be brushed, but she does sense when I need to brush her.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”20150903_191129