10 seconds to Zen, creative thinking, daily draw, Poetry

10 Seconds to Zen (post 5)

Rhapsodomancy (in honor of National Poetry Month)

Go. Go now to your bookshelf (do you have one in your home or office? I sure hope so.).  Quickly glance at your books of poetry or literature, and pick the first one you find (no more than 5 seconds) Close your eyes (6).  Open the book to a random page (7). Open your eyes, and wherever they focus, read (8,9,10).  What hits you?  What word or phrase stuck with you?  Was there some magic or message for you?  Just this act alone can bring a sense of peace very quickly.  In 10 seconds. You might want to take more seconds, but the initial action to change the moment, the first ten seconds is the most important. You can change how you feel with ten seconds of effort.  Evolving your mindset gets easier with practice.

This practice of randomly picking a poetic passage and finding meaning is called: Rhapsodomancy. Besides being an awesome word, it was once a great poetry reading series run by a favorite writer of mine, Wendy Ortiz. Rhapsodomancy captures two of my loves: poetry and random magic.  I practice this kind of whimsical divination often; it is great for curing the blues.

Today’s 10 seconds–from the book I selected off my work shelf…

The Great Religions (by Hafiz)


Great religions are the


Poets the life


Every sane person I know has jumped


That is good for business

Isn’t it


If you have never tried rhapsodomancy, try it today. It might just give you a little weekend peace!


Love this Site…

Feluca on Nile (by M. Swanson)

Here is a great site if you are interested in acquiring Tarot cards or other divination sets.

Llewellyn Worldwide

Something to think about for 2010! (and as we make our way to 2012 divination is sure to become more popular since humans seem to need symbolism in their life.  I am feeling a bit Jungian tonight).

Peace be with you tonight (and all nights)!


There are no accidents

I like divination, but I don’t believe in divining the future. You can’t see what’s coming even with the greatest deck of Tarot cards. Perhaps there are those out there who can see glimpses of the future with open senses, but that is very special and is not usually consistent (of course, this is my opinion). I do believe that “divination” is simply listening to the universe (insert any term you are more comfortable with here). When you deal the tarot and/or throw the coins you are stepping your toe into the river and getting a sense of what it is like. For me, divination is a way to shut out all the “noise” of life in an urban post-industrial lifestyle. If I lived in the countryside or other type of rural area, I probably wouldn’t have to resort to throwing the cards. Actually I don’t have to anyway. I just enjoy the cards and what they have to say. I find it fascinating. But perhaps I see a message in anything.

But as Oogway says in Kung-Fu Panda: There are no accidents.

Piazza Della Minerva 1890--courtesy Library of Congress