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Visits From The Departed

~ by Melody

Often times during various readings, I get asked the question:”How do I know if my departed loved ones are visiting?” You don’t have to be a medium to receive visits from your loved ones over on the “other side.” In fact, you may be getting visits and not know it.

I know this from experience. Both of my parents have passed on, but they visit me often. My mother, who loved the music of Aerosmith and the Beatles, visits me through the radio. I was helping family members clean go through old records last weekend, and found several items from my childhood that I had forgotten about. The Beatles song “Hey Jude” came on the radio on the drive home. I got teary eyed and said “hi” to my mom. My dad is different when he comes.. I smell cigarette smoke (when there isn’t any other smoke nearby) and I can almost hear him say “Don’t be sad.” Our loved ones carry with them the very essences they had when they were with us on Earth. Like my dad and his smoke and my mom with her music, those character traits continue on.

Is my mother watching me every time “Hey Jude” plays on the radio? Is my father with me every time I am consciously remembering the smell of my his cigarettes? Probably not. But there are times when the sensory experience has no other cause – unexpectedly smelling smoke without a smoker or fire nearby when I’m in the middle of doing something entirely unrelated for example. Some other signs that it may be a visit are feelings of warmth or a feeling light-weight as though your burdens have been lifted. You may feel like is someone in the room with you and sometime you may catch a glimpse of a human shape sharing the same space.

If you want to feel close to your loved one, play their favorite song or a song you enjoyed listening to when you were together. Read their favorite book or maybe have a cup of their favorite tea. Cooking their favorite meal and then savoring it is a wonderful way to honor their memory and hold them close to your heart. Be comforted in knowing that any pain or suffering they may have had in this world are no more and that they are free.

Here is a small list of signals you may be getting from your departed loved ones. You just have to open up your awareness. These are merely examples. Signs from your loved one can be as unique as each person on Earth is unique. Our loved ones on the other side can manifest as any of the following:

  • Scents like perfume, cigarette or cigar smoke
  • Pennies or money on the ground (think pennies from heaven)
  • Music on the radio or grocery store, anywhere that reminds you of your loved one.
  • Dreams. When our loved ones appear in our dreams, they usually have a message for us. Make sure you write down the dream as soon as you wake up to reference later.
  • Animals. Perhaps Grandma Lucy loved tabby cats. All of a sudden you find a tabby cats when you are out and about. That’s Grandma Lucy making her presence known.
  • Seeing/meeting someone that resembles your loved one. This has happened to me before. It is mind-blowing but really cool when this happens.
  • Your baby or small child coos, laughs and plays at “nothing.” This is most likely a visit from a family member. I have seen this with my own son. I thank my mom and dad for playing with him.

These are just a few suggestions so you can use to continue your relationship with your beloved. Know that they are always as close as your thoughts. Think of them often and honor them. They will give you signs!


Thoughts on Pendulums

~ by Melody

pendulum_1I have used runes as a method of divination for over 25 years and have used a pendulums for a quarter of that time. My first experience with pendulums was at a local herbal shop that also offered a variety of metaphysical devices. I’m drawn to shiney things naturally, and the chakra colors on the chain of one particular pendulum caught my eye.

The shop owner gave me a demonstration on how to use the pendulum to check for imbalances in my chakras by laying out stones the color of each chakra in a small circle. She instructed me to hold the pendulum still and I watched in awe as the pendulum moved on it’s own towards the yellow stone, which indicated my solar plexus chakra. At the time I was also suffering from a condition called gastroparesis (in the stomach). I was hooked and bought a lovely clear quartz pendulum with the chakra colors on the chain.

After using the pendulum for checking my chakra on a regular basis, I moved on towards other uses. I learned to find lost objects, clear energy, and dowse with the pendulum. Several pendulums have come come into my possession. Each has its own personality and niche in the same way that different rune sets and tarot decks communicate differently to people, situations and/or the nature of the questions being asked. I currently use two favorite pendulums in my daily exercises – one of quartz crystal and another of hematite.

The pendulum uses our own energy as well as the energy of its surroundings. For example, if you are buying a car then you can ask the pendulum if the salesman is being honest, or if the car is a lemon. A pendulum’s ability to read and react to the surrounding energy is very beneficial in situations where you might not be able to trust your own intuition. To expand on the car sales example, if you’re going through negotiations with an aggressive sales person who is making your head spin then the pendulum may provide valuable insight.

If you decide to buy a pendulum, take the time to choose your pendulum in person to see if it corresponds to your energy. Take care what the pendulum is made of! My husband was drawn to a hematite pendulum a year or so ago and it did little to nothing for him. Hematite is a very grounding stone and my husband’s pretty grounded already. We swapped pendulums and the hematite is working wonderfully in my own work while the smokey quartz pendulum I gave him is reacting much better to him.

The pendulum is a very versatile and useful tool to have in your metaphysical toolbox. Regular use and practice will bring you closer to your intuition and give you more confidence in your daily decisions.

It’s the little things that keep us together…

~  by Melody

So far, 2014 has been a tough challenge for us on a several levels. We’ve had car issues and repair bills. We’ve had to rehome our dog due to unfortunate circumstances. My father then passed away (yes, I did see it coming. It still doesn’t make it hurt any less).

Healing and growth doesn’t always take place in the world of happy smiles, rainbows and unicorns. It gets messy, ridiculous, crazy and downright ugly. My father used to tell me that “Pressure makes diamonds.”

Life goes on despite all the chaos around us. As much as I want to pull the covers over my head and wallow in self pity, I have to keep going because there is a baby that needs me and the bills still need to get paid.

Something that really helps in times like these is to remember to be gentle to myself. For me that’s a hot bath in peace and quiet. It’s nothing extravagant or expensive – it’s as simple as putting a handful of sea salt and some hyssop essential oil into the water and I am good to go. During that time, I pray…and pray.. and pray.

It’s the little things that keep me going right now. For example, I can be doing the dishes and look over at Noah, who gives me the biggest grin ever, just because I’m his mother. And things like that remind me that there are forces bigger and greater in this world that I simply have no control over, but I can control how I react to them. Times like this I just have to remember that…
…it wasn’t anything I did…

…it wasn’t about who I am…

…it was not about money…

…and perhaps what we really need in those times is just a moment of sharing unconditional love, and in that moment that we’ll know everything will be fine.

“We are what our thoughts have made us.”

~ blog post by J.R. Bishop

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”

~ Swami Vivekananda, Indian Spiritual leader of the Hindu religion (Vedanta). Disciple of the famous 19th century mystic-saint Sri Ramakrishna of Calcutta. Founder of the Ramakrishna Order of Monks. 1863-1902.

You don’t have to look too deep into the current metaphysical community to find some variation of this quote. I’m sure Vivekananda wasn’t the first to say it, either. A more modern version is “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” attributed to Henry Ford. The primary message is that the level of our successes and failures is heavily dependent on how much we allow ourselves to succeed or fail. Sure, there’s always that random chance, that shot-in-the-dark, that lucky winning lottery ticket or that blown tire because of a random nail in the middle of the road. We can’t control things like that but we can influence just about everything else.

A lot of people outside of the community read over the metaphysical “woo-woo” stuff and dismiss it as fluff, but every now and then you see common threads crossing over and into the mainstream media. This is a good thing! It means that we’re starting to pay attention to things that we should have been paying attention to all along. Better late than never.

I picked up a copy of Men’s Health the other day at the store. I used to run marathons and I hope to get back to running again soon, so I figured I’d look for some motivational articles and maybe a new exercise or two. In the February 2014 issue on page 70 they have one of those single-page articles that’s mostly a graphic (most of these publication are like that) but this one caught my attention. The title is “The Price of Pessimism” and it’s a brief-but-to-the-point summary of physical affects of negative thinking. Here a quick rundown of what happens when you have a negative thought, according to the article:

  1. Amygdala – Negative thought triggers fight-or-flight response
  2. Spinal Cord – Signal is send through nervous system, organs on high alert
  3. Lungs – airways dilate, breathing rate increases, higher oxygen demands
  4. Heart – pulse and blood pressure spike, inflammatory molecules travel through bloodstream
  5. Liver – liver breaks down glycogen into glucose unnecessarily
  6. Adrenal Glands – if stress continues, adrenaline, cortisol, and other hormones keep heart rate elevated
  7. Kidneys and Gut – blood vessels to inner organs contract, slowing digestion and urine production (good only in a true fight-or-flight situation)

That’s just some of the bad, so what about the good? The article quotes Jeffrey Huffman, M.D., director of cardiac psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital saying “Happy and hopeful people are more likely to exercise, eat healthy, and stop smoking.”

What’s my personal view? That developing a more positive outlook in your everyday life will cause you to care more for your life and the lives of those around you in general. The more you care for something the more you enjoy it and that’s what life is all about to begin with.

The Rune Lady’s Husband

~ blog post by J.R. Bishop

…is also a rune reader. I mentioned in a previous blog that I was going to do readings at Portals in Berkeley Springs. That appointment has come and gone and I’m a bit wiser for the experience. While I don’t have the years of experience that my wife has, I do feel comfortable knowing that my clients received accurate readings. After reading for myself and my wife and one other person, the only way to take the next step was to go out there and do it.

Readings are, of course, confidential, but without going into detail I can honestly say that I never saw the runes laid out in such as way as they were at Berkeley Springs. I was able to read them but it’s a whole different ball game when you’re reading strangers. It’s both easier and harder at the same time. The easy part is that you don’t already know what the runes are referring to so you can keep an open mind as to what they’re telling you. The hard part is that you don’t already know what the runs are referring to so you really have to pay attention to know what they’re telling you.

Take Jera as an example – does it appear to provide insight on a financial matter or is it a currency of the soul that is at issue? When reading my wife it’s as plain as day. When reading others it’s not. I’d grown so used to the same runes appearing and focusing on certain things in my private readings that my readings at Portals were a stark reminder that the runes can be both complex and playful depending on their orientation and positioning in the spread.

I certainly have nothing against the Tarot or any of the numerous Oracle card decks out there (we have our own rune card deck 🙂 ), but the basic rune stones have become increasingly complex due to their large amount of ambiguity and open interpretation by virtue of their simplicity.

Othila, for example, is a rune of inheritance. What sort of inheritance? Quite often there may be a separation or loss involved. Another interpretation is that Othila represents your “purpose in life” so to speak. In a reverse or converse position those interpretations could mean that the querent has not gotten their due reward or earning (inheritance) or that they are working against or away from their divine path (purpose in life). If the rune is in reference to an inheritance then is it a physical, material inheritance or is it perhaps a tradition, skill, or other heirloom that is being passed down from an ancestor? Just telling a client that the rune represents “inheritance” would be like a weather man saying that we have “precipitation” outside but not telling us what type or how much. It is your job as the reader to fill in the gaps and read the fine print for the client.

Speaking of fine print… I have noticed something else that occurred during my readings. I noticed this a few months ago but it really hit home at Portals. The runes tell me a story with each person. When I lay them out for a spread, I take a moment to consider the forest for the trees, so to speak, to get the overall gist of the reading before I get into the details. I found that as soon as I laid them out it was like I was reading a page from a book.

More later, but those are some of my initial musings with the runes. If you’ve had some unique experiences with the runes yourself, we’d love to hear about them 🙂

Lightworking in the Screen Age

Lightworking in the Screen Age:
How do we help the next generation while staying connected?

~ by Melody Bishop

Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity™ Seat for iPad® device

Every year I do a prediction series for the coming year called “Possibilities,” where I channel the runes with a message for mankind for the year to come. This year was no different and the message was powerful. A unique message came up: “Stop raising our children with screens!” By that, it meant our addiction to ipads, iPhones, gadgets and computers is really hurting our children.

I remember being stunned the day I watched the airing of a report on ABC Nightly News on babies and screens. Countless times, the baby chose the ipad over their mothers and traditional baby toys. Time and time again, the baby chose the screen. An then there’s this you tube video where the mother blamed Steve Jobs because he had “coded a part of her OS” (

What can we do as lightworkers to help both parents and their children in this information age? We must first understand the problem and the dangers.

We are in a constant need of being validated and connected. Social networks makes it so easy to stay connected across the miles. The problem arises when we replace virtual interaction with real person-to-person interaction, where even eye contact and a smile is a commodity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics state:

  • Many video programs for infants and toddlers are marketed as “educational,” yet evidence does not support this. Quality programs are educational for children only if they understand the content and context of the video. Studies consistently find that children over 2 typically have this understanding.
  • Unstructured play time is more valuable for the developing brain than electronic media. Children learn to think creatively, problem solve, and develop reasoning and motor skills at early ages through unstructured, unplugged play. Free play also teaches them how to entertain themselves.
  • Television viewing around bedtime can cause poor sleep habits and irregular sleep schedules, which can adversely affect mood, behavior and learning.
  • Young children with heavy media use are at risk for delays in language development once they start school, but more research is needed as to the reasons.
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The other aspect of the issue to consider is how we interact with our children. About a year ago, my husband and I were at a local restaurant. The service was slow, which enabled us to do some people watching. Several tables over we witnessed a family of both parents glued to their iPhones while the daughter looked down at the table, playing with a straw wrapper. The little girl was clearly lonely and appeared so sad. Neither one of them spoke until the food arrived. Even then, there was no conversation.

What can we, as lightworkers do to being balance to this social problem?

Consider the children in your life right now, perhaps a nephew who is glued to his iPad playing a video game instead socializing at a family function. Instead of sitting quietly by watching him or worse yet, ignoring him, do your best to engage him. Do not be surprised if you may get a few one word answers or very distracted remarks. He may show you his game and excitedly show you how it is played. Keep in mind that this is a good thing that you’re engaging each other, even if it is over an iPad. Even if it frustrates you that the conversation is over a video game, remember that it is just that, a conversation. The two of you are interacting. In person.

Also consider the possibility of doing activity outside. Perhaps go to a museum, a nature hike, the aquarium, anywhere where being “hooked up” will be inconvenient. This means you too. Refrain from checking your phone or mobile devise as well. You too can benefit from being “off the grid.” Try not to make it such a big deal that Johnny went all day without his iPad. In fact, try not to mention it at all. Instead, focus on the interconnectedness of the moments shared in-person.

To take things to an extreme, consider taking long day-trips to a region without a signal. My husband used to take long hikes and runs up trails outside of cell phone range. He tells me that he looks forward to doing the same with our son when he’s older. After being so connected myself, the initial thought of them going somewhere and getting possibly injured without being able to call for help was upsetting, but it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have any of this technology and still went out in nature on all-day trips without worry.

When in nature have you and Johnny imagine that your feet are metal and the Earth is a magnet. It is a wonderful exercise to “ground” you both and not feel so “out there” as being hooked up can sometimes do. At the aquarium, imagine you both are like water, flowing and floating your stresses away. These simple exercise can bring you “back to Earth and maintain a clearer perspective on things.”

Simple moments like those mentioned above will bring joy to both you and the children in your life while maintaining the sense if interconnectedness that we all crave.

~ Melody

Another year, another website :)

Greetings, everyone!

This is Joseph Bishop, Melody’s husband, webmaster, and #1 fan. Melody’s the star of the show here and I just try my best to make the website, videos and other techie stuff happen. If you’ve been following the Facebook posts recently, this revamped website is no surprise.

In the past year, Melody has gone from working a full-time job to being a full-time mother. We feel very blessed that she has unique gifts that help other people and help keep the house afloat during this first tumultuous year of raising a child. The only constant around here is change 🙂 I’ve thanked all of her clients, friends and family on Facebook and I’ll do it again here for the record. Without you all this would not be possible.

She’s gone from doing readings at just one store many years ago to reading regularly at three store locations, attending various open houses, fun festivals, successfully running a booth at three (and maybe even five) expos a year, and being interviewed on multiple radio programs. The quick-down-and-dirty website I put together in record time last year is no longer flexible enough to accommodate her changing needs.

My goal with this new WordPress website is to make it easier to add/remove/edit online content as well as to provide audio and video files more efficiently to our guests. Have you hear the latest radio interviews? Check them out on the Media page. We’re going to start posting her weekly rune readings right on the website along with the most recent newsletters. This fall we created a Runes By Melody Rune Card Deck and you can check it out in the Online Store page. The old “online store” offerings are being put to rest for the time being until we decide if we want to redo the whole online sales things or go another route.

Look for some free 2014 Calendar downloads on this site next month, as well as some neat runic computer desktop images 🙂

In closing, both Melody and I will be posting in this blog. Many of you know that I accompany my wife to the metaphysical and holistic expos to help out with the booth. Lately I’m there to keep our child nice and quiet and happy while mom does her things. I’m going to start posting up some commentary on the vendors I’ve met and experiences I’ve had at the events. Who knows… perhaps I’ll provide some insight on what it’s like to be married to a psychic 🙂

Joseph Bishop