Retail (and) Therapy at 30,000 Feet

It was somewhere between Qatar and Bali. We’d been in the air for hours and most of the seats held what looked like mummified remains. I’d finished my third movie of the flight and got up to take a bathroom break. Wobbling forward in the semi-darkness, I tried not to bump body parts that protruded into the aisle.

In the unfortunate feng shui of airplane design, the kitchen sat directly opposite the restrooms. A cluster of flight attendants huddled over the counter in that narrow galley. Behind them, a woman in passenger clothes engaged me.

“I’m selling jewelry, silver from Bolivia, $10 each piece. Go ahead, take a look.”

I’d already traveled New York to Qatar, over 14 hours, and had a 2 hour layover in Doha. By this time we were 6 hours into the last leg. But the words: silver, and jewelry, as cross-eyed and exhausted as I was, could raise me from the dead. I burrowed into the group, and there, gleaming in the center of the cases of rings and bracelets was the elephant, Ganesha. My hand shot out, grabbed the ring and slipped it on. It fit as though the designer had used my finger to form it.

The fact is, I’d been hunting Ganesha for months. Every third shop in Ubud sells handcrafted silver jewelry and I’d browsed them all to no avail. I shoved the ring at the woman, mumbled that I’d get the money, and scurried back to my seat taking out a flopping head and a dangling hand on the way.  My purse held only one bill, a $10. I fished it out and hurried back, thrust it at her, and took my ring. The toilet was unoccupied. I locked myself in and giggled, shaking my head at the ludicrous synchronicity of it all.

Fast forward to yesterday. I visited a professional Tarot reader for the first time ever. I’d heard good things about Novi so a friend and I went to check her out. She was goose-bumpy good! But when she asked me if I knew why I was wearing a Ganesha ring I said, “Because he’s the remover of obstacles.”

“Not only remove the obstacles,” she quickly cut in. “Ganesha god is still 7 years old. That is why Ganesha energy is funny: I want to go here, I want to go there, I am so happy, I want to break the rules.” I chuckled as she spoke, but she wasn’t finished. “That’s still in you, but repressed. That’s why in the subconscious there is a desire to be joyful like a seven-year-old. That is why in the subconscious you searched for a Ganesha ring and found it on the airplane; because the joy of a child is missing.”

That hit me like a bullet to the heart. Here in Bali there is mischief and play. My Balinese friends enjoy nothing more than teasing. I’ve learned how to roll with it, but I know myself and she’s right. There’s still the reserve, the serious adult moderating the scene, not wanting to appear silly or, heaven forbid, childish.

Her instructions were clear: You are to dance, and sing, and remember what you loved to do before you were five, remember what you wanted to do when you were 8 but didn’t. It’s time to finish the dream.

Novi’s reading turned me inside-out. She knew things, saw things, and instructed her remedies in forceful kindness. In my mind I resisted but in my gut I knew she spoke the truth. It’s a good thing I recorded the session. Her wisdom spilled like a gushing fire hydrant and by the time she’d finished I couldn’t remember three-fourths of what she’d said. I came home, listened again, and wrote down everything word-for-word. She told me that 2017 is a personal year for me. No doubt it will take at least that long to work out all the warts she exposed.

It was a valuable lesson. I’d become complaisant, almost smug, thinking I’d pretty much nailed my issues and it was clear sailing ahead. Novi brought me down to earth. It’s never the end. The subconscious has stores of old stuff that can trip us up if it stays buried in the dark. The work of self-discovery is on-going and it is by far the most rewarding endeavor we can undertake, not just for ourselves, but for the important others in our lives.

Have you ever sought out other sources of information, an astrologer, numerologist, Tarot reader, etc.?

If yes, I’d love to hear your experience.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Frei
    Jun 19, 2017 @ 16:47:07

    This is such a fun one, just like that sweetheart Ganesha guy.

    Thank you gf.

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  2. Gary
    Jun 19, 2017 @ 18:37:29

    Great reading your blog this morning… Yes…… it does sound like she totally hit a nerve…..and suggested your boat deviate from its current course…just a bit.

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    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Jun 19, 2017 @ 19:00:45

      I liked the way you said that, “…suggested your boat deviate from its current course…just a bit.” The serious part of my nature has always troubled me. I wanted to be playful and carefree but the ‘how to’ escaped me. Now that I have a formula…look out!

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  3. barbparcellswritingalife
    Jun 19, 2017 @ 22:05:01

    I loved this post and I am also a fan of Ganesha. I have had readings twice and both have been spot on. One told me that the person I was having a struggle with would never be able to understand what it was that was wrong and that I should just send that person love and move on. The second one told me to trust my intuition and visions. She described seeing an older man playing with a large white dog … which was exactly the vision I’d had of my Dad, who has passed many years ago, playing with my granddaughter’s dog who had also passed. I’d told my granddaughter that “Great Grandpa loved animals and is taking care of all of our pets who had passed in heaven.” The Tarot reader told me that I had merely related to the child what was true. It gave me goosebumps!

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  4. gigicullins
    Jun 20, 2017 @ 00:06:00

    Sherry, I probably told you this years ago, but I had two sessions with a Psychic in Houston back in the late 80’s early 90’s. They were amazing! Everything she told me in the first reading came true…and there was NO WAY I could make those things happen. The second one was nearly as good…same woman. Then a few years back, my sister and I went to a medium in the Milwaukee area. It was absolutely incredible! He knew things that no one could possibly know. It really freaked me out a bit but I had no question that those spirits were there in that room. I had goose bumps all over! It was not long after my Mom passed. Also…I know about Ganesha from living in India. Your ring is really special.

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  5. sageblessings
    Jun 20, 2017 @ 00:23:01

    I resonate!! Have fun playing at play.

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  6. shanemac
    Jun 20, 2017 @ 07:40:31

    Your unique way of seeing deeply into everyday events makes reading your stories a joy. You’ve reminded me to giggle today and everyday about silly things. Thanks Sherry.

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  7. wedgroup, Nellie
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 01:07:48

    Spinteresting (autocorrect, but I like it) that Ganesh found you in the air, or was it the other way around?

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  8. writingforselfdiscovery
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 09:29:05

    I guess we found each other! Good thing I needed the toilet! We would have missed each other yet again!

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