So while I was studying the Tarot cards recently, I got to thinking on the subject of who really knows anyone else. My answer to that has to be – no-one! I say this with no reservations at all, as most of the time people don’t even know themselves, so how can they possibly expect to know or understand others? Our bodies are the the most fantastic computers in the world and the mind is an even more complex and amazing part of that computer body. Each one of us is unique – even identical twins are unique in their ways and thinking. So to consider others think and feel as we do, or to think we know how they think and feel, surely requires an amazing amount of arrogance or stupidity. We simply need to accept that one point of view is individual from every other point of view in the 6 billion points of view around the world. When we all accept our differences AND celebrate them, the world can really become a better place. In this world we find it acceptable and fairly mainstream to attend counselling of many kinds, to have coaching to help us move forward or to visit psychologists (who are classified as a social, behavioural or cognitive scientist ) to help us understand things better. The word psychology literally means “Study of the Soul” and is recognised and accepted as a scientific skill to assess and treat mental health problems. In fact, an effective psychologist could be classed as a healer of the soul, and will prescribe remedies or medication to assist where necessary. Many accept these medicines without much question. Those of us who use “alternative” methods to heal don’t question the universal life force that works in us so how come so many want always to challenge those results ? It seems though that when using the words soul, or spirit as it is also known, the mainstream attitude is rather different. Practices such as Reiki, Homeopathy, Tarot or Mediumship, although around in one form or another as long as whichever psycho word we use, are often considered “off-the-wall” “alternative” or “new-age hippy shit”. The only difference I really see here is the lack of government backing or funding for scientific studies into research in these areas. Just look at what happened to the politician David Icke when he came out with ideas that didn’t gel with others in his profession. Although there are many more practitioners in these “Alternative” or “Complimentary” ways of working with the psyche, the soul and the spirit it will still be some time before such practices are accepted as mainstream themselves EVEN THOUGH the patients/clients who benefit from them see or feel the benefits. Coaching, which is my next naturally progressive step, is another way of treating the individual. Coaches are in fact facilitators and they are more generally accepted by the mainstream. They allow their clients purely to enunciate their own thoughts and to have answers “coached” from them through careful questioning. They offer no advice (in this way they differ from counsellors) and do not condemn or praise – they simply question and listen to the answers, ask another question, listen to the answer and in this way progress the client to draw their own conclusions -which is something I already do in my current day job. This is all that the “alternative” Reiki Master, Tarot Reader and Medium do really – facilitate for others. So whether I remain alternative or enter the mainstream, I only intend to assist in facilitating others to bring about their own enlightenment of what acceptance and individuality is all about. Whichever method my clients choose as long as it offers them some form of comfort or peace and/or happiness, and knowledge of who they are that works for me!