September 8, 2011

Looking for Lady luck? Well, how about Lady Joy, instead!

 We are pleased to announce that Lady Joy has joined the Boston Tea Room family. Some of you may know her from her work at The Alhambra Institute, a Dearborn shop that closed a few years ago, others may have heard her featured on channel 95.5 MOJO...
September 1, 2011

Facing Your Karma

By Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis

It is so important to face your karma. We all come to this Earth with unfinished business. Your soul incarnates in physical form to learn what it has either neglected to learn in past lives or to learn lessons that still are a part of its framework and evolutionary climb.

Your experiences in this life are but one chapter in your book of life. You simply cannot judge or see the whole picture of your life history from the viewpoint of a single lifetime, not matter what that life is like. There will always be good karma that you bring in and karma that you need to redeem. Whatever the karmic slate is, you cannot outrun your karma. Facing and resolving karma is one of the most effective ways to quicken your spiritual development. And avoiding and delaying learning the lessons our karma presents, can slow down your spiritual progress no matter how effective you are in other areas of your life.

What exactly is karma? The word karma has become so commonplace one runs the risk of trivializing one the most sacred and essential laws of life. It’s amazing to think that not that long ago the term was virtually unknown in the west and now there are coffee shops that bear its name!

The word karma is derived from the Sanskrit root kr meaning “to do, to make.” It has also been defined as “deed or act” or “volition.” So karma is related to action in any form: physical, mental, or emotional. Karma is always followed by its fruit. As the term has become more popularized, the entire principle of action and its effect all fall under the single term karma.

Karma is the balancer of life—the harmonizer. The natural condition of life is harmony. God is harmony. When you act in a destructive manner, you unbalance that natural state. Your destructive actions will create a ripple effect against the fabric of life bouncing back as you have put it out. Once this discordant energy has been set into motion, the painful tuning process then begins until harmony is restored.

When you initiate a creative, constructive act, the same law of karma applies but the results are completely different. When you do something that is in harmony with the natural laws of life, this action also reverberates through the fabric of life but instead of throwing off the natural harmony, this “good” energy expands and enhances the ever expanding, creative cosmic process. You are adding to the divine life and this blessing will reverberate back to you multiplied!

Karma is generated with your every thought, word, emotion, act and deed. It can reach into any aspect of your life.  You can have karma related to family, money, health, relationships. And there are many different types of karma. There is personal karma, soul karma, mental karma, emotional karma, national karma, race karma and world karma. That’s a lot of cause and effect going on!

            Karma is essential to your well-being.  When you break a spiritual law, knowingly or unknowingly, you face natural consequences.  By repeatedly breaking these laws, you slowly begin to understand how they work from first hand experience. The law of karma is designed in love to make you a greater being and realize the great goal you have. Karma is designed always to help build you up not tear you down or punish you.  Without the laws of karma you could not grow and reach spiritual mastery.

It takes courage to look at your faults and face your karma. There can be a natural inclination is to avoid anything that is unpleasant. One of the hardest things is to realize that as an evolving soul you have done it all. Through your many incarnations, you have done great and noble things and you have done not so great thing things. It’s all part of the growing process and all these things play a role in the karmic pattern of your life.

If you were too passive in a past life, you will have to develop a dynamic will in this life. If you were cruel in a past marriage, you will have to show kindness now. If you were impatient before, you will have to learn patience now and so on. You will find the character traits you express now are as a result of your accumulated past lifetimes of experience.

Fortunately God gives you the strength to face any challenge. There is no sin past forgiveness and no difficulty so great that you cannot surmount them. After all, God brought you to Earth to succeed. Whatever challenges you’re meant to encounter, the divine gives you the spiritual tools to succeed. If you have difficult family karma to work out of, maybe you are given extra power to express exceptional patience or a great talent to help you rise above that difficulty. If you have financial karma, maybe you’re given added power to demonstrate a bright keen mind to help you think of ways to bring money in. Whatever it is, you will be given the tools to enhance your natural talents and abilities to work out any difficulty.

You rise above every situation by your attitude. You will not always be in control of the conditions in your life, but you are always in control of how you react and handle those conditions. Spiritually speaking, it’s not what happens to you that matters as much as how you handle what happens. And this is the key to handling any type of karma no matter how severe.

Ultimately, regardless of present conditions, you are earmarked for greatness. You have a glorious destiny. Although you may not fully see the great plan of life, nevertheless you are part of that plan. Let hope live in your heart. Tough times may come but they will also pass and your true destiny will come shining through.

Barbara Y. Martin is an internationally renowned clairvoyant, author, and spiritual teacher. Dimitri Moraitis is an author and executive director of Spiritual Arts Institute. Their award-winning books are in 30 countries and have been endorsed by C. Norman Shealy and Dr. Richard Gerber. www.spiritualarts.org.  Copyright © 2011 Barbara Y. Martin, Dimitri Moraitis

                                                                                                              Barbara and Dimitri will be presenting the event:                                            Karma and Reincarnation

Thursday, September 15th, 7-9pm
$40, includes a copy of Karma and Reincarnation book!
Join us for the celebration book launch workshop! Now for the first time comes Barbara Y. Martin's firsthand account of the intricate world of spiritual rebirth. Martin, along with Dimitri Moraitis reveals the ins and outs of the karmic cycle, and how reincarnation works, based on their new book, Karma and Reincarnation. Discover:
The many types of karma, including money, relationships, career, family, and health
How to face and resolve karmic challenges, and how to build on good karma.
How reincarnation and karma are part of your spiritual growth.
Includes a demonstration of clairvoyant past life readings!
For more information about Barbara and Dimitri, visit spiritualarts.org
This event is being held at our Ferndale location. Call 248-547-2987 to register.
Pre-registration is required - class size is limited.
July 8, 2011

Finding Neverland….Again


I got an email the other day from a dear friend down in my second hometown of Athens, Georgia. This friend is a former roommate that I lived with for years, and he wanted to ask a question about life here in the big bad Dee-troit. It seems that the rest of the country has an interesting perspective on who we are and what life must be like in up here in the rust belt. And apparently, the fact that I seem pretty damn happy, healthy, and well, un-suicidal, is in direct contradiction with how HORRIBLE things supposedly are around here. His question gave me pause, and made me think about how much of our sense of well-being comes from internal versus external sources. 

When I moved to Athens years ago, I found a magical town where people dressed in costume to go to the grocery store, wore tiaras and opera gloves while waiting on you at the Waffle House, built elaborate sculptures out of bicycle parts and driftwood in their front yards, and threw parties every day of the week, "just because". Naturally, I loved it. When I came back to Detroit, I worried that I wouldn't find that same sense of whimsy and magic that had become such a big part of my life. Boy, was I wrong.

For the most part, the yards around here are a little more manicured, and I haven't spotted any tiaras on waitresses at the local Coney Island, but the spirit and the hearts of the locals around here are just as filled with optimism and a sense of magic as in that quirky southern town. No matter where we are, or what surrounds us, we all find ways to let our inner kids go out and play, even here in the big bad ole' D.

Here’s part of our conversation:

From Mike:
You live in what is reputed to be one the dirtiest, most financially depressed, dilapidated, dangerous, crime ridden, cold, blustery, snowy, cities in the country...BUT SOMEHOW, contrary to all of this, you manage to beam happiness and positivity. In person it exudes from your very existence and presence.
How do you manage this when surrounded by that kind of adversity...? Doesn't it get to you? If you could name one main source (internal or external) that creates that sort of resilience and positivity, what would it be?

Peace Out

My response:
One thing I learned living in and travelling around the gothic south, is that there is beauty in decay.....there is grace in the death of the old....and that a community that caves in on itself is ripe for evolution and re-creation.

That was true of the
Athens I found in the late 80s, where a tumbleweed could've blown down Clayton street most days, but just look at Athens now. In some ways I miss the sleepiness of that time/place, and Detroit has a certain sleepy quality, as though the grownups have gone, and all us teenagers are just waking up and making it our playground. 20-somethings are buying property and opening weird and wonderful little business....artists and performers take over entire neighborhoods of empty houses and build stages for live impromptu shows, or a ferris wheel, or some other random act of whimsy.

The
Detroit you see is not real, or at least not entirely. The city I live in pulses with a million heartbeats, and sometimes I think I can feel them all beating at once.

So to answer your question, my "one main source" would have to be connection. I try not to isolate, though I do like some alone time. Mostly, though, I am recharged by spending quality time with others, whether through sharing emotional intimacy or physical intimacy. Small talk doesn't work, though it is sometimes crucial to laying the groundwork for deeper connections, and its part of my job. But the deeper I can communicate with someone whose company I truly enjoy, the happier I am.

Yes, I am ridiculously upbeat, which I know annoys some people, but I still have my moments of angst and sarcasm, and occasional schadenfreud. I'm no Pollyanna, but I do keep falling head over heels in love with life and many of the people in it. I have a huge appetite for that kind of thing. Don't get me wrong, I miss the Neverland that is
Athens, but there is also a kind of magic up here. After all, we each carry our magic with us.........everything else is just geography, right?

And I'm going to make that my mantra: After all, we each carry our magic with us.........everything else is just geography, right? I may even put that on a tshirt.
July 8, 2011

How to avoid Psychic Fraud

This is an article that was written by my mom, Carole, years ago, and every once in a while I have a conversation with someone who has recently been victimized, and so I like to re-post this as a reminder. Hope it helps. -HeatherleighProtect yourself f...