When I first came to Santa Fe, I met with some edgy organizational planners who had plans for developing corporate retreat workshops. (And getting us to the Swiss Alps to teach them!)
They asked me to intuit what would motivate workers and increase their productivity. Motivated and productive workers, I divined, would be a part of a corporate culture with integrity as its backbone. Workers had to be able to tell the truth to their superiors and communicate without fear. Leaders could create trust by including workers’ input and being fair. You could only get the most out of someone if they trusted you.
The planners laughed out loud. They were very cynical about corporations. “Pay the highest-up the big money to get them to make the company profitable. Executives like the trickle-down theory and they’re not going to want to change that.”
Twenty years and an income inequality crisis later, they were obviously right. However, I just read a fascinating study about a new model of win-win business success in which leaders positively respond to workers. Whether you’re trying to motivate and inspire your own self or someone else, “Why Some Motivational Strategies Fail and How to Create Inspiration at Work”, is a worthwhile read.
Life will give us a lot of tests this month, but here’s a test that tells you what your strengths are to deal with them. You can learn how to put your strengths to work, plus new techniques to change old habits: lotsa help available both on http://strengthschallenge.com/ and www.fulfillmentdaily.com
I hope all of you have fun and relaxing plans for the holidays…have a wonderful month!
P.S. Last night I ran over to a gallery on Canyon Road to participate in a video for the Santa Fe New Mexican local paper. They were hoping to find a haunted art gallery. Not much going on where we ended up, but I had the participants create a Speaking Stone divination about the house’s history and who might have been there…here’s a video snippet and article.
All Soul’s Day Treat
A client mentioned a story her late father wrote that piqued my curiousity, about finding an arrowhead on his Texas ranch. She sent it to me and I found it very moving for such a short story. I want to share it with you, it’s perfect for All Souls Day when the spirit world feels closer:
By Bob Green
“I found a perfect arrowhead today.
I could tell, even before picking it up, that it was an extraordinarily fine one. Rushing water from a recent rain had stripped away the dirt that had hidden it away for—–how long? Surely hundreds of years, possibly even a few thousand.
I stood looking at it for a moment before reaching down. As usual, the wild, gypsy part of my mind started roaming. Had it been shot in anger at an enemy, or had it whickered by a bounding deer in a near miss? It could have simply been lost out of a rawhide quiver or even just discarded as being obsolete. One guess is as good as another. The only sure thing is—-there it lies, where it has waited all this time for me to come along and pick it up.
I have picked up many in my life, but I still enjoy that mystical moment when my fingers close around it, and I visualize the fact that the last hand that had held this object was a person from another age, almost another world. In that moment, the link with the vanished past seems very real, the continuity of life very apparent, even though the person who so carefully fashioned this artifact will, of course, remain forever unknown and faceless.
Still, I don’t feel that the arrowhead maker is a complete stranger to me. We really share a lot in common. He was probably born near this spot, as I was. He thought of this particular part of his world as belonging to him, as I do. He spent the waking hours wrestling a living from what the land affords, as I do. He very likely fought, even killed, other men in the belief that it was a primary duty to keep the land safe from invaders. That is the way I rationalized about those I killed in warfare, too. He surely wanted his sons and grandsons to call this land theirs, as I do. He has sadly buried his dead nearby, as I have. He, himself, has moldered away and added his dust to the land as I shall do, but while alive, we both have watched the sun come up over the same eastern hills and go down behind those same western ones, sidling across the horizon and back again as the solstice laws of the season direct. And he looked up at night into the very same stupendous sky, the most spectacular thing either of us will ever behold and I think he probably instinctively knew, as I do, that somewhere out there lies the answers to who and where and why.
So, I salute you, old arrowhead maker, wherever you are now. In your time, you were just as much a part of creation and life as I am today. I’m glad you left me your arrowhead. I’ll appreciate it for what it is: a simple useful thing of true lasting beauty you made yourself and left behind to show you were once here. I hope we modern men can do as well.”
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Psychic Insights for November 2015
November is a spiritually demanding and psychologically challenging month. November takes courage and strength! Taking good care of ourselves is going to be more important than ever.
It’s also a wild time with so many new beginnings and changes. It’s like a challenging, exciting Spring in our lives that gives birth to a lot of life-changing circumstances. We can develop the ability to spend more time in positive mental territory by the end of it.
Challenges are tough but potentially ennobling. To summon the courage we need, we’ll have to be emotionally invested in what we’re trying to accomplish, that way we’ll have the necessary go-power. Expect to do great things and reach great heights.
November 1st, Mercury goes into Scorpio: Intense feelings, intense communication…take care not to sting someone in response to pressure. Insights into one’s self are revealing and healing. A lot can be accomplished, don’t take anything personally.
November 2, nd , Venus and Mars conjunct, a sexy portent that fabulous and/or unexpected events can materialize. Believe in yourself!
November 11th is Veterans Day with a new moon in Scorpio. It brings attention to self-improvement; a good time to invigorate health routines. Likely there’s talk about how improve the lives of Veterans this year.
Mid-month, our confidence increases, and when Neptune goes direct on the 18th, it will be easier to see things in a positive light. A full moon Thanksgiving should be especially busy with travel; in chatty Gemini we’ll enjoy catching up with everyone!
Also on Thanksgiving but permeating the whole month and beyond, Saturn squares Neptune. Life will give us dramatic lessons about self-responsibility, and that we’re responsible for the success of our dreams. Saturn gives the power to see the way to build whatever it is we want. Neptune gives us inspiration and visions about what will fulfill us. The square between them says the tasks our life and dreams ask of us can be especially challenging now. The desire to escape will be strong. Or, we might choose to come to our own rescue instead of denying what needs to be done. We can get more self aware and implement new systems and solutions for our lives.
In the public, we’ll also see many heroic efforts and actions in November in the face of harsh realities. Grass roots movements should gain strength: the game-changers of the world will be digging in hard and lighting fires anywhere and everywhere for their cause. Nobody’s giving up!
November’s Psychic Pictogram: Revolutions of various kinds are in the news and so are UFO’s; lots is up in the air politically in this country but hopeful; many people experience bright new beginnings.
Psychic Horoscopes for November – Read your Sun, Moon, and Rising signs
For the Fire signs, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius: You could be officially done with something, yet officially taking on a new role…maybe both at once. There’s an identity change, and one that can benefit you financially. Don’t ask a lot of questions, just take what’s offered. Take opportunities: you’ll grow into them even if you don’t really see yourself in them yet.
For the Water signs, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces: It’s a fortunate time to begin health improvement campaigns and develop habits your body will appreciate. It’s a good month to straighten things out so your life is easier to move around in. It’s a time of creating better personal order so business and life is more pleasant.
For the Air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius: Your story: Once upon a time you thought only certain things were possible for you, and you knew and played by the rules. Still, this brought you to an unexpected, unimagined, and magical place. Whatever you were taught to believe didn’t cover all that life apparently held for you, and your life was enriched immeasurably by this discovery.
For the Earth signs, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn: You are willing to make sacrifices for art, for love, for brand new possibilities, for a new state of mind that’s more peaceful…you probably change more this month than you have in years. Your mood improves with a capital “I”.
Elissa Heyman has a private psychic counseling and healing practice in Santa Fe, NM, and by telephone internationally. Her daily psychic horoscopes are on Santafe.com, and broadcast on KTAO in Taos. Elissa’s website offers free guided meditations recommended by Spirituality/Health magazine, an award-winning client newsletter, and more educational tools: www.elissaheyman.com or call 505-982-3294. Available for in-person private psychic counseling and spiritual healing sessions in New York City November 30th, December 1st, and December 2nd.