One True Reading
When deciding whether or not to undergo a medical procedure there’s a guideline used called “risk vs. benefit”. Every procedure has risks, but if the potential benefits heavily outweigh them your doctor will advise you of the situation and recommend you accept the risk and consent to the procedure. Another way of looking at it would be “upside vs. downside”. In my experience, the biggest problem I encountered in exploring the nature and character of the unseen world was that it takes a ridiculous amount of time sorting out and throwing away the nonsense and non-useful results in order to gain a small nugget of valid information. Over the decades I grew to believe that if there is life after death, there are probably good reasons in place for why we can’t easily perceive it.
First off, if the fabric of the afterlife is something entirely outside our conventional concept of it, it would be quite disturbing to most people to know about it. For example, if there’s no hell or heaven and people just ended up “there” (wherever) it’s going to upset religious people who rely upon preconceived ideas about it. Perhaps there are others who have gone before, who act as “greeters”. A previous Vaudevillian might have the job of putting on the “Old-Man/White Beard God Suit”. This costume is mutable for all religions and sects, but in this case the new folks may have been Orthodox Christians. He sits upon the throne set as they arrive. There are former members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir there to provide Hosannas. A display of unceasing praise and song continues until such time as the new arrivals become bored with the sameness of it. Then one of the ushers can ask, “Are you ready to proceed?” The new arrivals, having finally achieved the necessary state of open-mindedness, will be politely escorted to the “door” of the REAL AFTERLIFE.
In the previous chapter I mentioned having consulted psychics. I did not spend much money doing so. There are plenty of people who have unusual abilities who do not charge for consultation, if they perceive you to be a serious seeker. I attended lectures by people like Ram Dass and other notable psychic explorers, spoke with them and asked for their help. I was often given an introduction to someone more anonymous. In this fashion, out of dozens of attempts, I ended up getting one reading in 1973 which has since turned out to be accurate for my 37 years of life since. I did not know at the time that it would turn out to be the “true” one. I filed it away in memory along with all the other readings that led nowhere special. From time to time when something from the old reading came true in my life, that WOO-WOO feeling went off in my brain like an interior theremin. The validity of it convinced me there are real psychics after all, though they are as rare as a Chicago Cubs pennant win. I know the identity of the medium who presented this message to me, but her work of this sort was always performed gratis under the promise that she would remain anonymous, so I can’t tell you who it was.
This reading was a long-term forecast of my future work over the course of my entire expected lifetime. First there was a long disclaimer, an elucidation of the rules and limitations placed upon entities who can communicate these kinds of messages. There was a lucid restatement of what I had often heard, that we create the outcomes and details of our own future by each action we take and decision we make daily. The entity stated they could only speak in a general and symbolic fashion, because to be more specific would reveal aspects of future history affecting many others, and that is not permitted.
The disclaimer ended with an assurance that the truth of this message would be revealed to me slowly over the course of many years, and that I was being given it because I had talent in symbolic understanding and would find a proper use for the information. In other words I had been estimated to be sufficiently clean in my intent.
I was first told that my work life would be largely divided into three distinct periods. In the first, I would follow a course of initiation into ordinary commercial and trade-based occupations until such time as I chose to pursue additional education. This course of education would be coincident in time with great upheaval in my emotional life, but it would be an important turning point in many ways.
The second period of my career would see me become a “keyboard expert” of a very unusual kind. My work would be creative, would include music and unique machines and activities would be involved. Clients would seek my expertise and it would be highly paid. There was also an apology for a lack of more specific detail because it fell under the “future history of everything” clause. Finally there was a warning that I would probably endure a period of great pain, loss and loneliness. If I chose wisely, I would achieve unanticipated success and happiness in the third phase.
In the final period of my working life, I was to become a healer in some fashion that could not be revealed. I would work with other practitioners of healing, and would finally retire in adequate financial comfort as a well-respected contributor to my community. There was in conclusion a message of hope and encouragement that said I would be able to overcome many obstacles because of the power of my good intent, and that this was a key gift I was given at birth – the ability to be effective in empathy when I was in good health and positively focused.
When I got this reading I was 19 and not yet married. I worked in department stores and in the film-manufacturing factory until I went back to college at age 26. As I wrote about before, college opened up a new world for me, but I also got divorced within a year of graduating. When I got divorced, I remembered the reading, which I had not thought much about in the seven years since I received it. I was 28 when I headed to California to pursue work at first in sales, but within two years, the entertainment industry.
In that second phase, which did come true and began in 1984, my work depended upon computer technology (controlled by keyboard) that did not exist in 1973 when the message was relayed. Over the arc of 20 years I was an editor of sound fx and music, a foley artist and recordist, and a specialist in the restoration of older films and TV shows.
I rarely thought about the reading during my showbiz phase. I was busy and involved and life in Los Angeles was fast, fast, fast. I had remarried, but as I wrote about before I still had anger and abuse issues to resolve. The result of the therapy I went through for that led to my decision to go into patient care, as well as the desire to move closer to my family, who lived in Washington. MRI scanners and facilities specifically dedicated to dementia care did not exist when I got the reading, yet the message I was given remained essentially true. I now work with healers and perform direct care myself to the best of my ability, within the limits of scope of practice.
If the story of my career ends the way it was predicted, my wife and I will do all right. I also think things wouldn’t have turned out any different if I had never gotten the reading, but it is interesting that such a detailed message turned out to be the one completely accurate one, isn’t it?
Coming Up in Part Three – “As I Count Backwards”