Calhoun, author of Are You Too Serious, and her new book,
Do You Really Have A Choice, a regular at New Renaissance
Bookshop for many years is returning to Portland and NRB after
several years. Her first book helped many begin to look at their
ultra-sensitivity in new ways beginning to see it as the gift
it is. Her new book helps us look at the symbology of each event
in our lives and the meaning of each symbol.
In your new book you talk about symbology. How did you start
working with symbols?
Even at the beginning, 30 years ago, symbology was in my face.
I always understood that things were there for a reason. I might
have three Sally's in a week or have three clients with steering
wheel problems and I began to understand that each of these was
a symbol for me and for them.
How do I know which symbols are important?
You need to pay attention to the symbols that repeat or are
so strong you can't ignore them. Over the years my clients have
trained me about symbology. They might say, "Why have I had
this happen five times?" and I tell them to look at it. The
more times, the stronger the message gets. Symbology is fun and
can help you grow.
Personal symbology is interesting but it makes me think about
those who say "I'm just one person. I can't have an effect."
If you are one person and you meditate for peace on the planet,
it puts healing energy out there.
Yes, you must do your spiritual practice: music, a walk in
the woods or meditating on a bench in the midst of a city. It
creates that sense of purpose or presence. Doing what each person
does well, spending 5, 20 minutes, or an hour with your spiritual
practice will change the world--it already has. Look at the spiritual
movement--all beliefs. They are all following their own practice.
What do you address in your talks?
I start with "Symbology, Why Bother?" Some people
think it's too difficult, so why bother. I teach people by using
the simple symbols like those on the book cover. I also work to
familiarize people with the symbols in their lives.
problems--look at boundary issues.
are to open something, so if you lose your office key you have
lost the key or insight into your job; your house key, you have
lost the insight into your home or family. If you lose someone
else's key, you are leading someone else astray.
that won't stay closed are another boundary issue.
also important where something happens:
kitchen is where you nourish yourself
bathroom is about cleansing and elimination
bedroom is about intimacy and rest; the living
is about how you live your life
front porch and yard is about the external,
back yard is about the private world
garage is about where you keep your vehicle which represents
your career, health, freedom, finances.
When I was just beginning to work with symbology, I had old,
ill working cars. A friend said look at your car as your physical
body. What's going on with that car reflects what's going on with
you. Later I realized that I was always scared that something
would happen and I'd lose my mobility.
I have a friend who couldn't open the driver's side door for
a while. This symbolized that she was the passenger side--not
being in control. Sometimes the key would open the driver's door
for a couple days and then not. Another thing to look at is if
you are the driver of the car the symbology is 80% yours and 20%
for the passenger, who still has a part to play.
My family had five years of work with cracked
windshields: 13 cracked windshields in 3 cars. Our message was
that what we thought was protecting us, 'our windshield', was
not protecting us against the elements that were coming. And it
was very true. We had legal advice and trusted this but were not
Symbology can be so helpful and handy. People
don't have to go into this any deeper than they want or need to.
I want the person who is just starting to be able to pick up my
book and easily find the symbols they need. So I use graphs. It
was also important that there be an index in my book.
Symbology is used to tell us about how we need to change and
what is wrong in our lives, but another way to look at symbology
is how things DO work.
Yes, yes! There are hundreds of positive symbols: hitting
every green light, thinking I should call someone and there's
a message from that person when I get home, or all of the appliances
that work wonderfully. There are hundreds of positive symbols
and gifts every day. In my book I have dealt mainly with obstacles,
but I want people to see the wonderful positive symbols, too.
We have many more blessings in our lives than obstacles.
And one of the positive symbols is that you are coming back
to Portland. Thank you for taking this time to talk to me.
I'm so looking forward to being there. It's like coming home.
Marcy Calhoun will be at New Renaissance
Bookshop on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm. She will also be available
for private consultations. Call 503-224-4929 for information.
Connie Hill works at New Renaissance Bookshop and is a local astrologer.
She can be reached at 503-291-8229 ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.