Opening prayer and first question

First Question And Prayer

In today's How to Use Angel Cards lesson, I help Christine with two important points:
1. shaping her first question so that it's answerable
2. opening our session with a heartfelt prayer.
FULL TRANSCRIPT

Shannon Walbran
Have you had a chance to look over the 100 Questions ebook that I put together? Now we're going to move into the next section. What jumped out for you in terms of questions that you would like to approach?

Christine
I can give you categories.

Shannon Walbran
You can, or you can give me specific questions. What I'd like to do in this tutorial is to walk you through asking a question, drawing a card, holding up the card, and then we can interpret it together. What do you think about that?

Christine
You want me to shuffle, then ask, and then hold up?

Shannon Walbran
First, we're not going to do the reading quite yet. First, I'd like you to tell me about the question that you'd like to ask first. Because before we get to the shuffling and the drawing of the card, I want to make sure that it is a question that's answerable. If you ask a question that's not answerable, you're going to get frustrated. Let's find out if your first question meets these structural criteria.

Christine
Just before we start that, can I ask the question: before we read cards, should anyone who wants to read be doing some sort of ceremony or lighting something or saying something?

Shannon Walbran
Yep! That's why we're not going to do it quite yet. That's why we're doing the practical stuff first. And then we're going to do the "now we're moving into the reading itself," which takes steps, respectful steps.

Christine
My first question is very, very broad question, and feel free to chuck it. My first question is, "What is my purpose?" I've been teaching for a long time. And I think I'm reasonably good at it. But I don't know if it fills my soul.

Shannon Walbran
When you say, "What is my purpose?" - we're still editing the questions so that they can be answered, but we're not going into the answering part yet - you actually mean, "What is my career purpose?"

Christine
Yes.

Shannon Walbran
Because "What is my purpose?" is a beautiful question, but it's a very broad question. And what if They think your purpose is to spend time outside and go running, and to live safely in the big city? That doesn't make you money. What you're trying to ask is, "What should I do for my work?"

Christine
Yes, that's my question.

Shannon Walbran
But most people do, especially most people who live in Johannesburg, the City of Gold and the city where the first question that anybody asks you is, "So what do you do?" They don't even know your your name, and they go, "So what do you do?" Like, whoa, I'm only my career?! Oh, my gosh. So your question is, "What should I do for my work?"

Christine
"What should I do for work?" Okay.

Shannon Walbran
Your purpose could be "to parent." Your purpose could be "to raise dogs," and not make money off of it. What if you were put in place to rescue your dog?

Christine
Can I rephrase my question a step further?

Shannon Walbran
You can!

Christine
What career would feed my bank balance and my soul?

Shannon Walbran
That is a much more specific question that you could probably get a better answer to. And it's not "What is my purpose?" Angels and guides have pretty specific ideas about purpose.

Christine
I'm just going to write this down.

Shannon Walbran
You can. Does it make sense to you, why I'm editing the questions?

Christine
Yes, because it is too broad.

Shannon Walbran
Not only too broad, it won't get you what you want. You want to know about your work.

Christine
Be happy in my work, for me is the most important thing. Not that I'm not happy. But... [laughs]

Shannon Walbran
Is it the most important thing, or is keeping a roof over your head also valid and important?

Christine
I'd like to believe the one naturally flows from the other.

Shannon Walbran
Nope.

Christine
No? Am I wrong?

Shannon Walbran
It's not that you're wrong. It's that it doesn't naturally flow one to the other. They can coincide.

Christine
Your job is your job and your

Shannon Walbran
17 years of coaching later, I can tell you there are people who are really happy at what they do, and they make a lot of money or they make enough money to live a comfortable life. And that's great. And then there are a lot of people who are in one category, but not the other.

People who are happy. People who make money. What you're looking for is where the Venn diagram overlaps.

Christine
That's it.

Shannon Walbran
So now let's do the holy part. Are you ready to do the holy part?

Christine
I'm ready.

Shannon Walbran
Okay. So I'm going to say a prayer. My prayer is opening my heart and opening my mind and opening my eyes to see and do the best work for you so that you get the information that you need. You have free choice, you have free will, you get to interpret these messages as you wish. And you get to have these tools forever so that you can keep on building your dialogue with your higher self using this tool. So here we go.

Dear God, please bless us. Please open our hearts and our minds to the information that You're presenting us with today. Please guide us. Guide our feet, guide our hands, guide our footsteps on Your path. Show us what You want to show us. Help us understand. Give us insight so that we can make the best decisions possible. Thank you and Amen.
 

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