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Jyotishavidya Practice

Psychic Preparation

for an Accurate Jyotisha Reading


Nairatmya (the ego-less one) : Central Tibet, 1500CE.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Settle your Mind, and prepare well-formulated questions to guide the reading

Q: -- Can't you see my life situation in the charts?

Isn't it like looking at a photograph or watching a movie?

Why do you need background information?

Why does the state of my mind have anything to do with the Jyotisha reading?

A: -- Namaste,

Looking at Jyotisha charts *is * somewhat like looking at a photograph, except it's a multi-dimensional photograph that shows the person from many angles and at numerous "depths ".

Yes the life situation is visible in the charts, but human beings are very complicated and detailed entities . There is so much information available in the rashi kundali plus all of the varga plus the various dasha timelines, that it would probably take five years of non-stop talking to deliver a "complete" reading for any one person. As it is, we have about 2 hours, and it will help both of us greatly if you can provide the background information in some well-formulated questions that allows us to zero in on what part of that very complex multi-dimensional picture is important to you, right now.

Jyotisha is a vidya. A vidya combines mystical intuition with rational knowledge. Jyotisha combines the Jyotishi's psychic sensitivity and awareness with a large body of systematic, methodical astronomical and astrological tradition.

Jyotisha readings aren't strictly intuitive "psychic readings " in the usual sense of aura reading, looking for color patterns or pictures in the various layers of the aura - or hands-on healing, actually moving energy swaths around within the aura, or brushing out obstructing subtle patterns from the aura.

Jyotisha readings engage both halves of the Jyotishi's brain . It helps me a good deal if you can send me as much detail as possible. Otherwise I will tend to focus on what I personally think is interesting in the charts - and I might skip over the issues that are of strongest concern to you.

And preparing for a reading by describing your situation to another person (me) will also help release the anxiety about the"problem" by using language to bring it into the open.

The situation is similar to going to the physical doctor when one is sick. The doctor needs to know as much background as possible to pinpoint which one of hundreds of internal body systems is out of balance.

There are similarly hundreds of internal systems within Jyotisha. Just as a diagnosing physician cannot possibly"guess " what is wrong with a patient (unless they have a lucky hit), a Jyotishi cannot"guess " which of the hundreds of planetary interactions is dominating the person's consciousness, unless we have some specific background.

So yes, it will help both of us if you can articulate the situation as fully as possible. The outcome that you are hoping to achieve is very important for me to know. If there is a Jyotisha block to that outcome we can evaluate it and see if there is anything you can do to remove the block. Very often there is.

If another person is intimately involved (spouse, lover, parent, child, business partner, etc.) and you can obtain the birth place, time, and date for that person, that is also very helpful in determining the outcome of a situation.

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama

Tell Meddling Spirits to Get Lost

Letter to a client requesting a reading regarding a taboo social relationship:

Your romantic situation profiles a very common karmic predicament. But for all its common popularity, it is "taboo" , this relationship challenges bourgeois moral standards.

Therefore readings regarding this relationship will generate a psycho-emotional"charge" that shows the presence of meddling spirits.

If we are going to accomplish an accurate reading, we will need to prepare the psychic environment.

  • First and foremost, we must have complete and accurate dates, times, and places for you and the other person - * from birth certificates * or clock-time written by a birth attendant. [Unfortunately I can' t work from approximate birth times.]

Have either of you two been married previously? We'll need month/year of previous marriages, separations, and divorce. These dates may reveal important relationship patterns.What is the desired outcome, from your point of view? Best case for your interests? Worst case for your interests? We can zero-in much more accurately on the likelihood of various scenarios, if we can * define* those hoped-for (or feared) scenarios - rather than having to spend precious reading time scanning for all possible scenarios.

From a psychic point of view, if you can clearly state what you honestly want - and also, perhaps, what you dread - much of the" hiding" energy that surrounds secret relationships will be flushed out, and we can see the patterns in the Jyotisha charts much more clearly.

When people come into a reading space all loaded up with fears and then they demand"just tell me what you see" they are going to get either a mirror-reflection of their fears or misleading junk. This is not the fault of the astrologer/diviner. It is the fault of the person coming for the reading.

Analogously a person might go to a physician with the same attitude. Doc, just tell me what you see! Unless the physician is a super-psychic with demon-destroying powers (and maybe there are some of these miracle workers but they tend to be saints not working doctors!) the physician will do a superficial symptom assessment which can be quite wrong. However, if the patient goes to the physician and says, here is a profile of my discomforts, here's when it started and how it feels physically and how I feel about it emotionally, then the physician can zero-in on that pattern and spend their 30 minutes of consultation time much more wisely. Patient honesty and objectivity is utterly essential to a good diagnosis.

Same with the astrological reading. Astrological readings are divinations of astral patterns - that is, energetic images which surround and interpenetrate the physical shell, which contain codes for experiences and events past, present, and future. Divinations of all types can be very successfully blocked by the fear levels of the person giving and receiving the reading.

People with a lot of fear will say,"Just tell me what you see!" but then immediately they throw a huge dark cloud of fear, mistrust, and uncertainty into their astral space so that I couldn't see if I wanted to. Especially when the information is scary - like, potential embarrassment, abandonment, or death - we must be absolutely diligent in clearing out or at least isolating the natural fear that attends these scenarios, before attempting a reading.

As a professional astrologer, I do meditations to clear my own psychic space before the readings.

While clearing my space to prepare for a reading, I provide entertainment for the spirits (like burning incense, which they love) so that they have something nice to do beside meddling in my reading space.

I like to ask the person receiving the reading to flush out as much anxiety as possible (e.g., fear of loneliness, abandonment, humiliation, financial or emotional poverty, other terror, etc.) before we sit down to look into the chart for predictive patterns.

  • The best way for a literate person to clear their psychic space before a reading is to write down one' s true and complete expectations.

How do you think the situation will develop? What do you secretly want, as opposed to what you think you should want?

You will always get what you want. Try to be honest. ry framing your expectations with the lead-in:"if money were no object and no one else's feelings/opinion really mattered, what would I like to happen?"

Since the subconscious is not concerned with time or money nor with anyone's desires except yours, if you factor out anxiety about money and other people , you will get a pretty good bead on what is going to happen.

By contrast, the best way to sabotage a Jyotisha reading is to throw a lot of anxiety at it - to disturb yourself, or disturb the Jyotishi, with nervous knee-jerk non-permissions "that's not a possible outcome because I can't afford it" or"you (the Jyotishi) have to be wrong because you are saying something that my mother/father/spouse/guru doesn't allow me to do/think/have".

So, if you want an accurate reading, release the anxiety before we start the reading. OK?

Writing out the situation, and the questions arising from it, is a remarkably helpful psychic preparation for the reading. Writing puts fears into objective words. The act of writing can take much of the secret anxiety out of the situation.

Even if the result of the reading ends up predicting something quite different from your accessible expectations, we know that having cleared out much of the resistance energy by writing honestly. The diviners " view" is likely to be much more accurate in a psychically neutralized environment.

I have had clients come back to me as long as ten years after a reading, to say that they had rejected much of what I had said at the time. Looking back, they can see that they were needing to hold onto a false view of themselves.

Often without acknowledging it, we are living in psychic slavery to a parent, guru-guide, charismatic preacher, spouse-mate, sibling, or even a manipulative child.

It is also possible to be psycho-emotionally enslaved to a"hitch-hiking" disembodied spirit. Amongst manipulative spirit-guides, the usual culprits = deceased relatives who were not able to fulfill their own expectations during their own life-spans and are looking for an"employee" who will do their bidding.

They sometimes "hitchhike" on living relatives who have a similar character to their own, in order to process their own inventory of images - and their own fears - through someone else's body.

In our own bodies, we experience the subtly draining influence of free-loading spirits - whether embodied or disembodied -- as a heavy sense of life's obligations, nagging background guilt, low back pain, trouble summoning enough life-force focus to realize one's own goals, or a persistent low-level grief which feels like a cloud of depression.

Similar to a midnight gasoline thief who siphons fuel from the neighbor's cars, predatory spirits can siphon our psychic fuel.

Typically when someone else's energy is in your space, whether that someone else is living or dead, it feels like a constant nagging criticism marked by an abundance of can't and don't energy. Although we might be quite intelligent and well funded, we somehow feel afraid to travel, scared to try new things, or resistant to making healthy lifestyle changes. Often the resistance is not coming from one's own true healthy self but rather from an agent of psychic invasion.

Luckily, this energy-drain situation pretty easy to fix. In psychic conversation (sit in a chair with your feet on the floor for grounding) simply by reading those hitchhikers the Riot Act. Whether the invaders are living or dead:

Tell them to get out.

The rule = the person who actually owns the body - who is You - has seniority .

So once you take control, it's really pretty easy to get a clear space where we can do a good, accurate reading.

Remember, psychic bondage forces us to deny who we really and what we really want, in order to be someone that the controlling Other wants us to be.

of course we love our family members. But do be aware that the closer a person is to you, the more privilege they can claim to dumping *their* fears into *your* space.

I will be delighted to do a Jyotisha reading for you. But I'd like to be able to focus on you the pure bright spirit, without having to use my reading energy to manage the money fear your mother projected on you, or the fear of success you inherited from your father, etc.


H.H. Dalai Lama and Alexander Berzin. (1997).

The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra .

"We can experience things without confusion and without being tense.

Even the most disturbed, nervous person has moments of clarity and calmness

-- even if only when he or she is peacefully asleep and dreaming pleasant or innocuous dreams.

Furthermore, since confusion limits mind from using its full potentials,

once confusion is gone, a utilization of all potentials can also exist.

Therefore, since we all have a mind, and all minds have the same nature of being able to experience whatever exists,

we can all realize and experience the definitive Three Precious Gems.

In addition, the further we travel in this safe direction through the mahamudra techniques

-- in other words, the more we realize the nature of mind and its relation to reality --

the more confident we become in the soundness of this direction and our ability to reach its goal.

The stronger our confidence, the further we progress along the path."

-from The Path to Enlightenment

by 14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso, edited and translated by Glenn H. Mullin. p.117

"In this practice one recollects negativity, contemplates its nature, generates apprehension of its karmic implications, and resolves to purify one's mind of the negative traces. On the basis of this resolve one takes refuge, develops the bodhimind and enters the Vajrasattva meditation or whatever method is being used. One can also do exercises such as prostrations and so forth. This concentration of purifying energies destroys the potency of negative karmic imprints like the germ of a barley seed roasted in a fire.

  • Here it is important to begin the meditation session with a contemplative meditation and then to transform this into settled meditation for a prolonged period of time.
  • One abides in the settled meditation until it begins to lose intensity, and then temporarily reverts to contemplative meditation in order to invigorate the mind, returning to fixed meditation once a contemplative atmosphere has been restored.

Generally our mind is habituated to directing all of our energies into things that benefit this life alone, things of no spiritual consequence. By performing these types of meditations, our natural attachment to the meaningless activities of this life subsides and we begin to experience an inner appreciation for spiritual values.

When spontaneously one's mind appreciates spiritual rather than mundane goals one has become an active practitioner of initial perspective."


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