Tarot is a form of divination that dates back to around the 14th Century.    It can be used as a guide during uncertain times and I have found it to be a useful tool in my life.  It is important to note that it is just a tool; information offered should always be used responsibly.    You must always follow your personal wisdom and discrimination when making decisions about your life and the information received should never take the place of legal, medical, psychological or financial professional services.  It is also important to note that, while a reading can provide guidance around current energies, they can always be changed.   You can redirect the course of your life by making different choices.   

There are 2 pick-a-card options below for the remainder of 2020, which can be intuitively chosen. 

Collective Energy October 2020 to December 2020

Pile 1:  Divine Justice and Mystery

The theme for those of you that selected pile 1 is that of seeing the deeper meaning behind your experiences and understanding the events and patterns that have brought you to this particular place in life (from a heart-based perspective, not the mind).    The past energy (June 2020 to date) is that of conflict, either internally or with others.  You are being invited to view this conflict from a different perspective; trusting in the divine mystery of life.    Becoming clear within your mind about what you want and standing in your truth will usher in a new passionate beginning.  It can be a new endeavour or person entering your life, or a renewal of passion in an existing endeavour or relationship.   Using visualisation techniques (there are many on the net), quieting the mind and taking action on your heart-based guidance will lead to stability and happiness.

Pile 2:  Conflict Resolution, Clarity and Hope

The theme for those of you that selected pile 2 is that of polarity and conflict resolution.  You may have experienced conflict with others, deep sadness and loss in the first part of 2020 by having to let go of people or situations that no longer serve you.   This is a message of hope.   You are nearing the end of a cycle in your life.  The way forward will become clearer and you will have more certainty about your personal boundaries and choices.  Living in alignment with who you are, speaking your truth and asserting yourself in a compassionate, kind way will lead to expansion in the areas that you are asking about.   You may want to enrol for some kind of course/studies or commit to exploring something that you have been wanting to do for a while.    

Decks used in this reading: 

Almost every person on the planet is going through a personal struggle of some kind.  Many of us are searching for meaning and even more of us are just trying to get through this time, hoping for it to end soon.   Most of us are either alone (in isolation) or in very close contact with our families, partners or housemates.  Either way, we are having to look at some things that we may have been avoiding, sometimes for years.  So, how do we cope with those things that are staring us in the face?

There is a lot of advice out there.  Everyone has an opinion.  Some of the advice is constructive, helpful and some of it is subjective and one sided, even harsh and judgemental.  Some say that we should learn a new skill and that if we don’t use this time constructively, we have no self-control.  That statement, in my mind, is made by someone who is trying to keep control.   Others say that this time should be used to catch up on tasks we have neglected, meditate, exercise, connect with a pet, use positive thinking or affirmations.   This is great advice, but not everyone has a pet, or is able to meditate and focusing on positive thinking only can make us suppress our real feelings and put on a brave face.   

What is helping me?

  1. Spending a few minutes each day checking in with my body and emotions.  Just sitting and allowing my feelings to be there, whatever they may be.  Noticing where they are in my body.
  2. Meditation; there are many free online meditations. If you battle with meditation, this can take the form of a hobby; doing any task which stills the busyness of my mind.
  3. Writing (in a private journal) all the emotions that I don’t feel I can express (fears, anger, hopes, dreams). 
  4. Just committing to doing a few minutes of those things that I’ve been avoiding (exercise, assignments, housework etc.).  That way it isn’t overwhelming.
  5. Allowing myself some time to just check out, whether that is watching a movie or doing something else to distract myself.
  6. Avoiding social media as much as I can.  This is a difficult one, because keeping up with the latest news can become addictive.  I’m trying to focus on inspirational messages; things that uplift me.
  7. Reaching out to someone when I need to.  This could take the form of a chat with a friend or family member, a discussion with a counsellor or distance healing of some kind (Body Talk/Reiki).
  8. And, despite my comment above, I am learning a new skill, but without the pressure of becoming a better version of myself.  

We’re all going through something that we have never experienced before, so the most important thing to do, in my mind, is to be kind to ourselves and remember that ‘this too shall pass’.

Sending you much love.

Recently many people have been inquiring about distance BodyTalk sessions: 
- What are they?
- What do they look like? 
- How do they work? 
- Are they effective? 

This article is an attempt to answer those questions.


A distance BodyTalk session is basically the same as an in person session. Instead of the session being done in person, however, it’s facilitated from a distance. Oftentimes the appointment will be conducted by phone or a video conference service such as Zoom or Skype. But in some instances when the client & Certified BodyTalk Practitioner (CBP) have difficulty coordinating schedules due to large differences in time zones, for example, the CBP will make an audio recording of the session & email the session to the client. The client can then listen to the session at their convenience.


Same as an in-person session, the CBP will usually begin by asking about your health & wellness history either in a written format or verbally. They’ll also ask what your primary complaints are & help you to clarify what you would like the optimal outcome of your session(s) to be. 

When it’s time to receive the session, approach it exactly as if you were with the CBP in person at their office. Sit down or lie down. Make yourself comfortable. You can listen to the session on speaker or with earbuds/headphones on. Close your eyes & relax.

Keep in mind that every CBP has their own practice style & way of doing things. But there typically isn’t much to see or do during a session. One thing you will need to do, however, is the tapping on your head, breast bone & belly which helps to reinforce the subtle energetic tapping the CBP is doing from a distance. Your practitioner will lead you through that process.

Most CBPs have taken a course offered by the International BodyTalk Association called MindScape. This class is open to the general public. But many practitioners attend MindScape because it teaches simple skills for enhancing creative outside-the-box thinking, improving mental focus & strengthening intuition - all of which are important for facilitating distance BodyTalk sessions. 

The CBP will then use these MindScape (or similar) skills to focus on your bodymind. Just as during an in-person appointment, they’ll “ask” your body which areas are a priority to be addressed & which techniques are necessary. They may ask you to participate by contacting certain areas of your body & eventually they’ll ask you to do the tapping on your head, breast bone & belly. This continues until your body indicates it’s time to end the session.


To be perfectly honest, nobody knows. One reason science has had difficulty proving the efficacy of distance healing using BodyTalk or other modalities is because it’s operating outside the realm of classical physics. Instead it’s using concepts from modern physics such as quantum entanglement which come from quantum physics and working with the idea that consciousness is the substrate of all things. These phenomenon which defy the limitations of time & space have been replicated time & again in laboratory studies. And they are so puzzling that even scientists are left scratching their heads in dismay. Even they have a difficult time explaining what they see happening with their own eyes. 

But if we were to provide a simplified explanation, we could say that everything is energy. And in BodyTalk we’d say everything is consciousness. When you deconstruct anything physical, you end up with molecules, atoms, subatomic particles & ultimately, frequencies of energy. Every thing & every person has a unique frequency the same as every radio or television station has its own unique frequency. Using their MindScape skills & training, the CBP is then able to “tune in” to your unique energy frequency, access the information necessary to conduct your BodyTalk session & facilitate healing. 

In a sense this is no different to sending an email or making a phone call. You have an email & phone number which are specific to you. And anyone with that information can contact you from anywhere on the planet as long as they have that information and the skills & technology to do so. In the case of distance BodyTalk sessions, the skills & technology are MindScape, intuition, and the CBPs training, experience & expertise with the BodyTalk system protocol & procedures.


In short, yes. Both clinical experience & client feedback have shown that distance BodyTalk sessions can be just as effective as sessions done in person. In addition, a peer-reviewed research study focusing specifically on distance BodyTalk sessions was published in the Journal of Pain Management demonstrating the effectiveness of distance BodyTalk in helping people suffering from chronic pain, depression & anxiety. And Certified BodyTalk Practitioners & their clients have observed noticeable improvements in all aspects of health - physical, mental, emotional & spiritual - using distance BodyTalk sessions. If you're interested in reading more about distant healing, one good resource is the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) www.noetic.org


You do not need to believe in distance BodyTalk sessions for them to work. However, believing in them & keeping an open mind definitely helps. Think of your mind as a receiving station for information. If your mind is closed, resistant or highly doubtful, it will be less receptive to the energy of the session. But if you keep an open mind & acknowledge that anything is possible - because after all, we’re constantly discovering, evolving & revising our understanding of how the world works - then your mind will be more receptive to the session and therefore more likely to experience benefits.

Article written by Ben Manalo, Body Talk Practitioner in the United States…. for more information about BodyTalk, please visit: https://bodytalksystem.co.za/


As a child I never understood why we had to take maths at school.  Numbers had very little meaning for me.  They were a means to tell the time, work with money and know what date it was.  It was only in my later years that I started to connect with the fact that are much more than that.  My first exposure to the ‘magic’ around numbers was in the Fibonacci sequence. 

In the Fibonacci sequence, each number is the sum of the previous two: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 and on to infinity.  The ratio between the numbers (1.618034) is known as the golden ratio. At first this may seem irrelevant, but the discovery that there are many representations of the Fibonacci sequence in nature, such as flowers, shells, hurricanes, tornadoes and the human body prompted me to start looking at the world in a different way; to start believing that everything in the world is connected and that we are a part of it.  

As I explored this new discovery around numbers, I became interested in numerology, which is the study of the symbolism of numbers, based on a person’s date of birth.  It became a valuable tool which I used to get a better understanding of myself and the people around me.  

How does it work?

The day, month and year of birth all have a specific symbolism. The day of birth gives insight into the self, the month of birth shows how and why we interact with our family and closest friends in a certain way.  The year of birth talks to our social and career interactions and a combination of all three numbers gives insight into our life path (why we are here and what we are here to learn).  Numerology can also be used to look at the charts of couples, friends or colleagues, giving insight into why certain relationships just flow and why others can be challenging. 

You may ask, “If other people have the same numbers as me, why are we so different?”

Numbers and your date of birth are a lot like a computer programme or database that has been installed.  We may operate from the same programme, but how we understand and use that programme differs from person to person.  Numbers continue to hold a fascination for me and I continue to explore their symbolism.  While they do not explain everything about my life and who I am, they have provided me with insight that I did not have access to before. 

Family Constellations

What does it mean to belong?  Why is it so important to belong?    These are very personal questions, with answers that are equally as personal.  The bottom line, however, is that we are human and are meant to engage with the world and the people in it, in some meaningful way. Without some sense of belonging we would feel unsafe, rejected and very alone.   Our first sense of belonging starts with our family.  Our beliefs about what that belonging means are generally formed during our first 7 years of our lives.  We subconsciously ‘take on’ the beliefs and patterns of our parents and siblings, which they would have learnt or ‘taken on’ from their parents and siblings and so on.  This perpetuates family patterns, both positive and negative.  Often, present-day issues are due to unresolved traumas experienced by previous generations of the family, waiting to be healed.  Because most of these patterns are subconscious, they are not always easy to identify.  We may see their influence in our lives, but we may not understand why they are there or how to heal them. One of the methods I have found to be extremely valuable in my own healing is Family Constellations; an experiential modality, which helps identify and clear those patterns.  

One of the principles in Family Constellations is that everyone has an equal right to belong.  Should anyone be excluded from the family for any reason, it will result in imbalances and patterns which affect the individual and the family system.  An example of this would be people who have been adopted.  They could have deep feelings centred around not knowing where they belong, even if they have been fully accepted and loved by their adopted family.  Family members rejected for not adhering to family rules and traditions are another example.  

Some of the other principles in Family Constellations are:

What is Family Constellations

Family Constellations is rooted in the psychotherapeutic tradition.  However, the method differs from conventional psychotherapy.  The client does little speaking and the modality is experiential in form (either in a group or on a one-on-one basis). 

History of Family ConstellationsFamily constellations was developed by a German psychotherapist, Bert Hellinger.  He dedicated 25 years of his life to the Priesthood, 16 years of which were spent in South Africa as a missionary in Natal.  After leaving the Priesthood, he began psychoanalytic training in Vienna.  He developed an interest in Gestalt Therapy, as well as Transactional Analysis and Family Therapy.    These influences, amongst others, resulted in the formation of Family Constellations. 


BodyTalk is a natural health-care system, which works with your body’s ability to heal and repair itself.  Everything in the body is connected.  When the body is functioning optimally, each system, organ and cell is in communication with every other system, organ and cell.  However, due to stress and other factors, communication can be compromised.  BodyTalk facilitates the restoration of the communication.

During a session, the practitioner asks the bodymind a series of yes or no questions, using neuromuscular biofeedback.   Essentially, the client’s own body leads the practitioner to the areas within the body that are not in balance with the rest of the body.  Various techniques are then used to restore balance and enable the bodies’ internal mechanisms to function at an optimal level.

What does bodymind refer to?

The functioning of the body.  

Our beliefs, thoughts and attitudes.

BodyTalk sessions are done with the client fully clothed and the sessions are safe and non-invasive.  A session usually lasts for 45 minutes.  The length of a session is dependent on the client’s body, which knows how many changes and corrections it is ready to initiate at the time.   

BodyTalk can be used as a standalone to facilitate the flow and communication of the whole system, or as a complement to modern medicine or other healing modalities.  Further information can be found on the International Body Talk Association website, https://www.bodytalksystem.com/ and well as the South African Body Talk Association website, https://bodytalksystem.co.za/

To learn more click here to watch a video on The Cortices Technique

Searching for Meaning

I share a part of my journey through life with you in the hope that, if you relate to any of it, it helps you to attain new insight around your journey.

The culmination of my journey to date has been the creation of a dream……Satori HealingSatori means understanding. The name has particular meaning for me because finding that understanding has been a journey of not understanding, of searching and not always finding and of feeling like I was ‘in-between’ worlds.  

The name Satori Healing was conceived of by a very dear friend who I have, at times, taken for granted.  I have only recently started to understand the value that this friendship and many others have in my life.  Looking back, I realise that most of my relationships have been turbulent.  Why is this?  Well, because my relationship with myself was turbulent.   I shut down parts of myself and my experiences because I judged those parts of myself.  Because of that judgement I shut other people out.  Another block to accepting help and friendship from others has been the question of what they would want in return and whether I would be able to, or even want to, offer it.   At times, connection with others has felt like a dangerous minefield, something to avoid. Despite this, I have tried to find connection and meaning in various ways over the years; through partying, charity work, religion, as well as a short stay abroad.  While they did not necessarily provide the answers I was looking for, these experiences taught me valuable lessons for which I will always be grateful.

I have always thought that the saying “the answers are within” was a cliché.  However, I have come to realise that it is true.  The more I have healed my past wounds and learned to accept myself, the more I have understood that what people want and why they want it is about them, not me, and that relationships are important.    Life is meant to be explored with people and we are meant to find love and friendship.

Life can be challenging at times, but it always offers something of value, with the opportunity to make different choices and experience new things.  I look forward to the next part of my journey, living “in the world” and not “between it”.

Sending you much love.


Some of the issues I have grappled with in my journey so far:

Why do we often stay in the same situations, even if they’re uncomfortable? 

Change can be difficult and making healthy choices and changes require us to have a good understanding of who we are and what we want.  Often, we don’t even know what we’re thinking or why we’re taking certain actions.  Many of our actions are guided by our belief systems, whether conscious or subconscious.  Beliefs and patterns formed in childhood and entrenched by society and life experience shape the way we interact with the world and the people around us.   

Honest self-examination takes courage, especially when looking at the ‘darker’ aspects of ourselves.  Society has taught women to be “good and nurturing” and men to be “strong and to provide for their families”.    Deviation from this has led to criticism or judgement and we’re left feeling less than or not good enough.  It can seem as if other people have perfect lives and that they have it all together. Social media has perpetuated this belief.  People mostly post happy, ‘perfect’ pictures and success stories and they don’t show what is going on inside. We don’t want to appear weak or different, so we go with the status quo to fit in and not ‘rock the boat’.

What is success?

True success comes from true acceptance and embracing all the abundance available to us. Focusing just on one aspect leads to dissatisfaction.  For example, having money and fame may seem glamorous and exciting from the outside, but we just need to look at actors such as Robin Williams to understand that appearances can be deceptive and how someone with an abundance of followers and fame can still feel lonely and isolated.  Someone may have millions in the bank, but still feel worried about his or her future security.  CEOs of companies may lead what seems to be successful lives and they may be extremely respected in their field.  However, this could lead to a situation where work and climbing the corporate ladder are the only things that matter.  Often relationships are sacrificed or put on hold while striving for power in the workplace and in society.   Having said this, we cannot live without money.  Realising our value and accepting love, abundance and recognition, in my mind, lead to true success.

What is authentic power?

Many people often believe that force, control and power are the same thing.  This could not be further from the truth. True power comes from a good sense of self; a true understanding and acceptance of who we are, which in turn leads to an acceptance of others and situations in our lives.  Acceptance of something does not mean that we are passive or victims.  It means that we are able to accept something for what it is and either make peace with it or change it.  Acceptance of situations and people also allows us to forgive more easily.  Forgiveness is a concept that is sometimes misunderstood.  We tend to believe that forgiveness equates the sanctioning of someone else’s actions.  This is not true; I believe that forgiveness is freeing ourselves from the negative effects of trauma.  Often, we are held prisoner by someone else’s actions long after they have moved on.   Forgiveness involves acknowledging what happened and healing the effects of the trauma, whether the other person involved acknowledges what happened or not. 

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