One of my good friends and fellow blogger wrote this simple exercise she does every morning. It is so simple and easy, a good way to start a day or end it.
Before reading any coffee cup, I need to stop in my thoughts, and steps and center myself, I do this exercise to help me break away from daily stresses and mind occupations. Sometimes with a relaxing melody playing in the background, sometimes in silence.
While a great little de-stressing session for a coffee cup reader, it is also a nice relaxing moment to take before one drinks a coffee cup that he intends to turn for a reading. After your coffee is made, it can sit for a couple of minutes while you take this time to relax and release. Then enjoy your cup with refreshed, realigned energy, every breath and intention while drinking the coffee will transfer into the your cup.
1. Sit comfortably, shoulders back and heart open.
2. Ground sits bones and lengthen your neck.
3. Rub your hands together; build handy heat and energy.
4. Rubbing your heart, say "Thanks for pumping my blood."
5. Breathe in - love
6. Breathe out - peace
7. Release negativity with this sound, "Haaww"
Repeat at least three times
I remember the first time I did, I was a teenager, of course, my parents wouldn't allow me a reading until I turned 16. It was from my grandmother though, and it wasn't until I was 18 when I had my tarot cards done by a reader outside my family.
It is always a fun experience. We all want to have insight to where we are headed, what is awaiting us in the future, who will we meet, who wel will marry - if we will marry.
One of my first readings was with a greek lady, she didn't know english so I had my aunt join me to translate. She lived in a small appartment, one bedroom old pad with old carpet and dated furniture. Her kitchen had just enough space to fit one person. I remember embroidered doylees on most every table surface, and the place always smelled like food, delicious food.
We would sit at her kitchen table, and watch her shuffle the cards. They weren't tarot cards just simple playing cards which was one of the things that impressed me most. I always had a great time at our sessions, so did my aunt. After the cards, she would prepare the coffee, greek style, which isn't that different from Armenian style - really it's all the same coffee. The little cup she would serve in was very colorful, fall colors mostly and that comforted me too, Fall being my favorite Season. In Montreal where I was born and raised, Fall is just beautiful! Montreal is also a very cosmopolitan city with many cultures colliding and mingling, Greek, Armenian, Syrian, Egyptian, Lebanese, Chinese, Indian.... very multicultural. French was and still is the primary language. I speak it fluently, and enjoy it. I have yet to read a coffee cup in french, looking forward to it.
While I drank my coffee my aunt would get into some conversation with the Greek lady, I would take my time to drink feeling she had a lot to discuss. So she read my cards chatted a bit, then she would grab my cup that I had turned over five minutes earlier. She would carefully look it over, slowly turning the little colorful porcelain in the palm of her hand. I would anticipate her first words, in fact I would anticipate her fisrt expressions. When she would finally begin to read, she went on for at least a good 20 minutes.
It was always a great reading that left me excited, in wonderment and no, I will not discuss what she said... did you think I would?
All I can say is that the last reading I got from her came to pass fifteen years later. It is only when the events transpired that it hit me, I had had a recall of her reading and had realized "hey she predicted it right!"
What the reading did do at the time is give me hope and excitement about my future. And readings should do that. At times a reading will refer to the immidiate future and sometimes the distant future. What is most important is to take it lightly, to embrace the good, consider any advice and forget. When things come to pass... the validaton alone brings this comfort that we are on the right path in our life.
While I do give coffee readings, I also receive them. And when I am sitting in front of someone who is reading me, I don't question his or her way of interpreting the coffee cup, I believe that as much as their are many archetypes, there is also personal feeling that comes into play when reading someone.
There is no one way to read a coffee cup, there are certain rituals that readers like to follow for the sake of tradition, such as spinning your cup three times before turning it over, or tapping on it once it's turn over, and the age old tradition of sticking your thumb at the bottom of your cup for the reader to ad one more word about your cup (a sort of encore).
The bottom line is, every reader refers to his or her own interpretation of symbols they see, and often speak from a deep feeling that comes upon them. I myself use symbols and intuition, I have found through the years that thinking too much or too long often misguide me, rather taking that symbol and following where my heart wants to go brings more accuracy and hits the nail on the head.
There are certain symbols many readers will rely on and interpret in similar ways, here are a few:
Dog: loyal friend
Snake: a deceitful individual
Lines: many paths
Dark heavy parts: issues that are troubling you....
The symbols are many, and sometimes not set in stone, I have seen a snake in a cup and didn't feel the deceitful individual, rather it lead me to speak of some medical issues. To read a coffee cup or cards or tea leaves, isn't just a learned thing, It comes from a place of trusting ones intuition and inner voice.
So you'd like to have a coffee cup reading? Well first you have to drink the coffee, then turn your cup and hand it over to the reader to interpret the symbols she or he sees. It's not a big mystery, and it's not something to be highly skeptical about either, though many can be. Here is why you should not be:
1. Everyone has the ability to interpret symbols.
2. Divination is a birth right.
Let's get clear of #2
We are all spiritual beings having human experiences, you've heard that one before I am sure. We are. But this material and chaotic world often numbs us and we forget our connection to the divine. Recently I am being asked many profound questions by my 8 year old "where do we come from? who is God? how do you know God? etc...." these are tough questions indeed and to this day there are adults still asking themselves the very same questions.
Imagine several cups placed on the sand in front of the endless ocean. One cup is tall, the other short and wide, the other cup is regular size but red, another one is white while the big cup is yellow and the thin cup black. Now imagine in your mind's eye these various, different shapes and colored cups filled with ocean water. You see it? Good.
They all are different containers but within is the same water, and that water's source is the ocean. The point is...
We are all different on the outside, some of us tall, some short, some thin, some fat, some white, some black or brown, some of us with wide eyes, others with small elongated eyes. Some of us very hairy LOL! Some of us can't even grow a beard (you know who you are). But within us all is Spirit, a consciousness who's source is One and the same, that SOURCE has taken many names through many cultures, we call this Source "God".
When we become more conscious and more in touch with our inner self, we connect to the Source, we can feel and function more with our intuition, hear that inner voice, and we learn to listen to it.
Coffee reading is being able to use that connection to the Source, that connection to our inner voice and intuition to help interpret the energy of the person who's cup we are reading. Simple enough?
There are individuals who's connection and ability come more easily (we call them talented) but with effort and willingness, everyone can develop this ability, maybe some will have a greater talent in interpreting than others, but the point is that everyone can elevate and be more in touch with their Spiritual Being, the one that was, is and always will be.
Sometimes numbers, or more accurately the energy that comes forth from numbers follows us through life.
My personal experience is this: before I paid attention to consciously use numerology to my advantage,
it was nevertheless being used. For example, I noticed that my first dwelling place with my family
added up to the number "8" which is not a number I would consciously choose as it bring many challenges, and pressures. And looking back over those years, I can clearly admit that it did, my husband and I went through difficult times but we grew because of them, and grew closer for that matter.
When we moved to our second dwelling (again without paying attention to numerology), I realized (later) that our situation had improved, our address now added up to a "4" half of the challenges of the "8". A more solid number, again not one I would consciously choose. But I also noticed that our situation got better and so did our relationship a little smoother.
So, does life respond to numbers or do numbers respond to what we need to learn and experience in order to grow?
I believe, both. I believe up until we learn that we can have a hand in the outcome of life, life places us in situations to help us improve ourselves on every level; being physical, emotional, or spiritual. Now that I am aware of the energy influences, (the CHI), I have greater control of my life, I have become a conscious participant,
but also the director.
We are the masters of our destiny, until we realize we can hold the stirring wheel, our unconscious believes will put us on cruise control. Life is still going in the direction according to our inner belief system, but when we awaken, we take control of the unruly unconscious, we become more aware of our thoughts, more learned in the outside energies that we can use as tools (such as numerology, Feng Shui, the power of meditation, and/or prayer), and we change the path of our life, we become creators.