Praying – things we should know –

Everyone makes mistakes, even me with my blog, and the things I post here. You can read about one such mistake here, if you’re curious.

It’s not my place to judge people, but I think that if we want G-D to give us something, we must pray the right way, and to try avoid making some mistakes.

Several years ago I decided I should be more spiritual, to pray more, be kinder, less negative. I took a notebook and wrote in it some guidelines for “how to pray.” Surely I found this guide somewhere on the internet, but for the love of what’s good, I can’t remember.

This entry is an adaptation of that info – simply because I didn’t agree with everything in there, and I also think some other stuff should be added.

Matthew 6:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Prayer is a highly personal experience

For me this is true, as you could probably tell from this blog entryEveryone whose prayers have been answered wil

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l probably tell you the same thing. This is not something that can be explained.

What I can say is that the prayer is a tool helping us to attune and communicate with G-D – or whatever other Higher Being or Creator you believe in.

Don’t pray just in time of need

I find this to be wrong, though it can be effective if you pour all your soul into it. I think that if you want to live a more peaceful and fulfilling life, trying to pray on a more regular basis is [or works] better.

You can compare this to a person whose teeth look perfect – surely they visit their dentist quite often, brushes and flosses their teeth twice each day.

Be thankful while praying

Forgetting to thank G-D for everything positive in our lives is something many are guilty of. Including those that pray on a regular basis.

What can you be thankful for? The clothes on your body, the house you live in, the neighborhood you live in [if you like it there and feel safe], the food on your table, your job [especially if the income is acceptable], for having people that care about you in your life, for being able to have pets [if you have them], and so on.

These were just examples and are the things I’m generally thankful for while praying. Every little thing does matter and you should be thankful for, including your health, looks [if you consider yourself pretty, or you particularly like something about yourself like your eyes or hair], talents [like cooking, baking, drawing, fashion style, applying make-up].

Some of these attributes sound vain to be thankful for, but I can guarantee there is at least one person out there that wishes they had what you have – material or not. You can walk, talk, see, read, sing? Be thankful for all of those since there are folks that can’t perform these actions.

What to pray for

You can pray for everything or anything, including for world peace. For better and higher chances of the prayer to be answered, just ask for small things and one thing at a time.

For instance, you lost your job [or were forced to quit?] when praying, thank your Divinity for all the jobs you had in the past and ask Them to help you find another suitable one quickly.

We can even ask for help in becoming mentally stronger, better people [less negative, less critical of others], in finding a new hobby, a new partner, in overcoming problems that seem very complicated, or even forgiveness.

We can pray for forgiveness for ourselves or for others. Maybe you lied to someone and now you feel bad, but still don’t have the courage to confess to them? Ask G-D for forgiveness, but try not to lie anymore in the future. If someone did something hurtful towards you, you probably can’t let go of those negative emotions so easily. Ask the Divine to help you with that, and ask the Divine to forg

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ive that person’s mistakes.  [I did this and it felt liberating.]

Acknowledge you’re wrong or sinful

This segment goes against Christian teachings of confessing and stuff. We all do things we’re very ashamed of later on [what? it’s just me? hmmm]. Sometimes those actions feel too heavy, and we’re too embarrassed to confess them to a priest [if that’s part of your belief system].

Telling G-D during a prayer about those things can be liberating. Not many people know what you did, but G-D DOES know. The Divinity knows everything about you. Admitting that doing this or that was wrong and asking for forgiveness can help. [It did help me, I felt less tormented].

When and where to pray

You can pray at any time, in any place. It is however better to find a quiet time and place to do so. For instance, you could pray while showering or taking a bath, right before falling asleep, when everyone else is asleep or away.

The most important thing to try and remember is that you should not be disturbed. You should silent your phone too, if you receive too many texts, calls and notifications.  You don’t have to be in a church [or similar type of building] to pray. You don’t even need a picture of your Deity around you.

Faith is crucial

No mater who you pray to or what for, you must be certain 100% that They hear you and that They will answer. It’s not enough to say “Oh, my god’s name is this, and they DO exist… blahblahblah.” No! You must feel with every cell of your body that that Creator exists and that They love you and will send you what you ask for.

When you start communicating with Them, you have to be aware of Their presence in and around you: you wouldn’t be here without Them, and you wouldn’t have everything you own without Them.

May God look over
From His Holy Dwelling and may he strike
all those who hate His People
with a wink of an eye

Behold here is the Lord
rising and standing on a plumb-line
Giving them a cup of poison
but not wine

Pronunciation:

Yash’kef Elohim
mima’on kod’sho veyach
kol sonei amo
keheref ayin

Hineh Hashem
kam venitzav al anach
yash’kem lechos ra’al
aval lo yayin

I have no words to express how much I like this song, and how well it helps me get into a praying state of mind. It also helps me be more aware of G-D and His presence in my life.


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I saw IT (2017) – movie review and spoilers

Last Friday night we went to the theater to see the remake of the movie IT, an adaptation of the book by the same name written by Steven King. We went to the 7:30 pm viewing and we were surprised by the number of people showing up to also see it: 4, not including the two of us.

Our seats were right next to one of the couples, and the other couple was sitting more towards the middle rows. Our seats were on the very last row – one of the best places to watch a movie at the theater.

At this point, I should warn you that the spoilers and impressions will begin, so if you don’t want to know, you must click away. DISCLAIMER: I have yet to read the book, so my opinions are based simply on the 1990 mini series and the new movie.

We all know what the story is about:   a clown called Pennywise terrorizes the kids in a town in Maine. Because what’s more scary than a clown offering you balloons, right?

This version is of course a little different than the original, and the differences are more or less subtle. For starters, Pennywise has a more pointy hair-do and a deeper shade or red as hair color than the original. The makeup is also changed a bit, and I think the costume’s color too.

His eyes stood out the most though: very vibrant and golden/orange in color. However, Tim Curry – the original IT, gave his approval to the new Pennywise.

We also notice that the action takes place at the end of the eighties and not in the sixties like in the book. This can only mean the we’ll see these kids defeat the monster in a 2016/2017 setting.We also notice some scenes are missing -one of them being that of Pennywise coming out of the shower drain.

These are just some observations, and not a critique to the movie. The actors did a good job, but sadly I couldn’t shake off just how the two actors portrayed Pennywise.  It wasn’t just the appearance, but the whole vibe, demeanor. Tim Curry’s interpretation was just pure evil, he didn’t have time to waste chatting with Georgie. What he wanted was just just scare the living shit out of the kids and viewers.

Bill Skarsgard shows us a sad, lonely clown, eager to make friends in a way. His gray somewhat fitted outfit makes him look more like a puppet than a monster. Maybe this was the whole idea after all. His vibrant eyes were unsettling. A+ for the eyes though.

I also have the feeling that less balloons were used in this remake than in the original.

I found the movie to have more gore scenes than scary scenes. Just one scene really scared me – when IT grabbed Beverly. I actually jumped out of my seat at that point. This should say something, LOL. Another more scary scene was when some of the kids entered the abandoned house and they got separated.

What I liked and disliked at the same time was that I didn’t get as scared as I expected to. Tim Curry did manage to scare me a lot in the mini series. The bullying parts was something triggering for me, and very disturbing – most likely because this is something that happens in real life anyways.

I will give this remake 4 stars out of 5 because I simply expected a bit more. It was somehow flat, emotionless. Maybe if more creepy music was played throughout, it would have managed to scare us more.


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Shadowscapes Tarot – The Devil XV

The devil seems to be a card that many people are scared of. Most likely because of the meaning behind the word.

You should know that while this card has generally a bad message, it could turn things around for the querrent, if they’re willing to put some effort into it.

The card depicts a naked woman curled in fear? inside a hollow rock. On top of the rock, a mystical creature with wings, horns, animal legs, and long claws pulls at the strings of a red heart and at the strings of a small human marionette. A spirit like figure seems to try to escape the human like form.

A black bird carries a ring or a crown towards the Devil, and several fae-like figures reach either towards the bird or the Devil. The woman’s left hand is chained to a golden lock by a red string. The key is right above her, within reach, bitten by a white mask.

The main colors of the card are hues of blue and purple.

Let’s see what some people think.

JSNYC: “The Devil holding the repressed and tortured “fool” in captivity. The key to escape being so close at hand, yet so far away. And it is because of his spell, he holds the fool’s heart in his spell, seemingly effortlessly and with finesse.”

“The Devil doesn’t appear meancing, he appers in control. He knows he has the power and he is applying his craft like an art.”

kimdwitch: “Some seem to be paying homage, they have given up. […] a conscious effort is required to escape this bondage,”

Peregrin: “All of these sharp and pointy objects remind me of mental torment — extreme anxiety, guilt, and inner conflict.

The red heart is caught in the devil’s spiderweb. I can imagine him taunting, <<I’ve got your heart! Now you will never be free.>> […] enjoy teasing us with the objects of our desires.”

“Notice that the mask and the lock are the same shape, and perhaps this is a clue that pretense or identity (the mask) is what binds us (the lock). To become free, we have to be willing to take a new look at it.”

CoffeeBlood [=me]: “something makes me think that the heart is not that of the imprisoned woman, but of the puppet. us, as humans, without a heart and soul become puppets made of flesh and bones [in the hands of whom?]

i also can’t stop thinking he imprisoned woman is ridden with anxiety, guilt. the mask is what makes her feel this way. often times, we feel anxious with no real reason [there is nothing behind the mask], and we feel guilty because of a heavy conscience [the mask can represent the woman’s conscience since it holds the key to her freedom]. if i’m not mistaken, in the past anxiety was blamed on the devil [he still makes many feel fearful to this day].”

Read more over here.


I can also kinda see a Fibonacci spiral, behind the Devil figure. Or perhaps that’s just a stylized sun?

Missing entries on my blog

I have to come clean guys.

Recently I watched a video in which the author [sorry, can’t remember who it was] was talking about people that get paid to write or film FAKE reviews for items, services, and so on.

This video hit home, quite hard, because I’m a freelance writer and I did get paid for that as well. However, once I was shameless enough to post that review on my blog, and have you [who reads this] believe that I actually know what I’m doing or talking about.

This blog was started as means for me to explore my creativity, share my life lessons, try and spread some more common sense to some who lack it [now that I matured a bit since I started I realize this is a near impossible task].

Back to my topic. Back when I posted that entry, I did feel guilty about it – I don’t think I even mentioned I got paid for that entry. I remember I was rather happy I have something to post, since at that time I wasn’t posting as much as now.

Today I’m coming ‘clean,’ I deleted that post, and will also have to further brush through my past entries to see what else doesn’t fit in my blog anymore.

I deleted this entry a while back, but I wanted to show you guys proof that I did delete it, and that this post did exist at some point. I currently have another entry removed. Once I figure out which entries still need removing, I will probably take another screen capture of my trash folder and update this entry. Maybe, I don’t know for sure for now.

Do know this is a slow process simply because I move slow. From now on I will only post things that happen to my partner and me, or just me. I may have my partner or other people write entries for me in the future, but until then, it will only be me posting. As stated earlier, I will only write about stuff that happens to me, that interest me, or my thoughts.

Wanted to clear things out, and assure you guys that the missing posts were intentional and not some sort of Mandela Effect.

If you read to here, WOW! you deserve a cookie! Have a good day!


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Sand Storm – movie review and spoilers

You probably noticed already I have nothing against watching movies that are not spoken in English – I often times like them more. They present the life of the people in a very unique way, and possibly they stay quite true to the life of the common people [of the represented country].

I had to search to learn where was this movie made – in Israel, in a Bedouin remote village.  The spoken language is Arabic, the shown community is Muslim, and the credits are both in Arabic and Hebrew. Most likely this movie is not everyone’s cup of tea, but you should know it did win a few awards and it was pretty close to being nominated for the 89th Academy Awards [2016 Oscars].

On with my review! and the spoilers, marked as usual in orange.

We get  a small glimpse into the lives of a Muslim family, and especially into the lives of the women in the family. Their village seems forsaken in the middle of nowhere – some people might feel lost in those living conditions.

The family has 4 daughters, no sons, and all of them attend school, despite the fact that the eldest daughter [Layla] is of a marrying age. We also see a scene in which the men in the village question why is she allowed to study, instead of being married. At this point, we can understand the father really loves his daughters, and as a result lets them do whatever they want, despite their mother disapproving.

The parents don’t have the best relationship, but both love their children and show their love in different ways. When a 2nd wife is brought home, the differences between the parents become even more obvious. The 2nd wife even got a better looking and more modern house as well.Her house is bright, has a big modern fridge that is also filled with food.

The mother discovers her eldest talks to a boy at school and this is the point when the tensions also intensify. While there is a moment when Layla considers eloping with the guy she likes. In the end she reconsiders her actions and chooses her family instead.

The movie ends with Layla marrying a guy her father chose, despite both she and her mother opposed it at some point.

I still have some thoughts on this movie, and I’m not sure I had things I liked or disliked about it. This was more of a slice of life movie, one that is meant to make you think about some stuff.

One of the things you can think about is: what matters more? Family you’re born into or your love interest?  Clearly there is no easy and universally true answer here – it all depends on the environment, but many people will treasure the family they’re born into more than a lover or partner.

We also see that growing up is not easy, especially in places where old traditions are still deeply rooted in people’s minds. Having to chose between your parents and your spouse is probably one of the most difficult decisions you could be faced with.

Whatever the choice may be,  person can still be happy – in fact, many people manage to be happier if they make a conscious choice about something, versus going with the flow. [Though there are folks who are happier when they go with the flow instead of stressing over things.]

The plot of the movie seems to be missing, but if you consider that here we actually see Layla and her journey to mental maturity, we can easily see a plot. Mental maturity sometimes means that we have to compromise if we want a peaceful life – and this is not always the most horrible thing we can possibly do.

I’ll rate this movie 3.5 stars, if not almost 4 stars. I think older teens can also watch it and possibly learn something as well. Prepare a cup of hot cocoa or tea, a blanket, and possibly some tissues – I didn’t cry, but this is not the most cheerful movie either.


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Red Ribbon symbolism

According to Dara on tarotforum.net,

“The color red is a strong indicator of something to take notice of. Rider-Waite-Smith deck used red in such a fashion. And with the majority of the Shadowscapes card being cooler color tones with lots of purples and blues, red does stand out.”

“searching for these red ribbons and […] the word “control” came”

“Why I think control is a fitting meaning is the absence on the hermit and wheel of fortune which were the first major arcana [cards] not to have it. I feel like the hermit has relinquished his control in his solitude. And the wheel of fate… no one has control over what is to come.”

Read more here.


red ribbon seen on The Devil card.

My thoughts:

It’s interesting to learn about this red ribbon symbolism, especially considering that many cultures see the color red as a protective one – against the evil eye for instance, or against bad luck in general [in China for instance]. Still in China, red is supposed to bring good luck and is traditionally used in weddings and other happy moments.

Thinking that red is also the color of the blood, we can also think of life – we can’t live without blood in our veins. We can only control our own lives, up to a point. This red ribbon is a good reminder of that.

Sometimes we are being under the control of others – be it other people, events, or habits, as seen in this image.

Sometimes the control is stronger [when the ribbon is thicker, and wrapped around several times] or we can barely notice it [as seen here].

In any case, this is an interesting symbol to think about, and most likely something not to ignore when seen in a reading. If you have any other thoughts on this, please share them with me!

Thoughts and ghosts from the past

Today’s entry was supposed to be something different, but it’s not done, and it can’t be done today. Plus I have some other stuff I need to take care of, and there are just too many things to do and too little time.

So, instead, I’m going back on memory lane. I actually have a dream journal I wrote in since 2009, and I want to share some thoughts I had back then, as well as some events that took place before this particular entry dating back to December 16th, 2009. As you can tell, I didn’t have a blog back then, and I wasn’t even thinking about getting one. On, with the entry!

Whenever I dreamt I’ll get something, found a treasure [containing money, jewelry], I’d pick it up, hoping I’ll have it when I woke up [current thoughts: was I aware I was dreaming?] But this never happened; instead the general situation became worse. A said it was quite the opposite for her: she does get the item. I wonder if she ever dreamt of a treasure…

I have to mention the dreams I used to have like 10 years ago after granny died. I remember I asked her [soul] to come in my dreams because I couldn’t cope with her death. And… she did.  Man, was she scary at times! Other times she was angry or mad at me [current thoughts: of course she was: she wanted to move on, not be stuck between here and there, DUH!].

Most of the times she didn’t say a word. I would just see her and at times she was with grandpa [who died 7 years before her].  He was calm and he also gave me the impression he didn’t know who I was.  The strange[r] part here is that when he died, granny said she wanted to still live for 7 years, so she could be buried in the same grave as him. Just as she finished saying that, I felt a wave of something running through me and I knew it would come true. Over the 7 years, I forgot about that.

There  was this one time when granny was so scary and she almost asked me to let her go. However I didn’t want that in the beginning. Because I would wake up crying like crazy each time, [in the end] I did beg her to go find her peace. Soon after she didn’t appear in my dreams anymore.

The dreams in which granny was calm were surreal and I wasn’t aware I was dreaming. Usually later on I would realize it’s a dream, and things would change. In one of them I remember both [grandparents] had a new big [Romanian] country[side] house with a big yard with lots of livestock. They also seemed happy and healthy.

A. saw the ghost of a dead singer from Japan. He was scary, much like granny was. I’m sure  we both saw real ghosts, even though mine was in a dream. 

No important dreams lately, and that makes me sad. Granny still visited me at times. I also dreamt about my dead uncle, but I don’t recall anything important. I barely remember anything about these dead relatives, from the time they were alive.

Ok, so this was the entry. I had to edit it a bit to make the ideas flow more naturally. This written record has no ending, making it a bit surreal in my opinion.

Do you have such strange dreams? Have you even seen a ghost? Or dreamt about dead people?


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