Touchstones Meditation for August 31

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Zusya of Hanipoli, and it states “In the world to come they will not ask me, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?’” May I be true to myself in the choices I make today. I am becoming the man that I admire.”

Dark Grimworld Card Reading for Wednesday, 8.31.16

The Fool card depicts a man strapped in a straightjacket. You might feel trapped today, not knowing what to do next. (Since I had a cup of espresso last night around 7pm, I was wide awake, not able to read. Eventually, I sat up in my bed and read a couple of pages from a novel).

The 2 of Pentacles card depicts someone trying to stab a man. It indicates that you might try to fight against something, which can worsen your current situation. It is best just to sit through it, maybe meditate, deal with it in a positive way, and move on and don’t take any action.

(When my alarm went off at 6am, I got up and did my usual morning routine, but I soon felt too tired to go to the gym for yoga. I took a nap for a little while, but ended up staying in bed and sleeping it off).


The World card, 21st card, indicates that nothing bad will happen. It is just certain negative feelings that pop up, which will eventually go away.

(I ended up getting up around 1am, and I felt better because I slept).

He adds a fourth card, which is the The Hermit card in reverse, and this card indicates you will figure out how to handle this situation in a positive way.

(I didn’t notice anything negative today, but I was just tired from not sleeping much last night. I just need to stop staying up late for some reason because it is messing up my mornings).

These three cards add up to 32, and the number 32 reduces to 5. The number 5 means freedom, where whatever you will discover on Wednesday will lead to your freedom and answer the question you are seeking.

(I haven’t discovered anything. But when I woke up at 1pm and ate my lunch, I turned on the TV  to a cable channel, and iRobot movie comes on, where a paranoid cop, Will Smith, was running around shooting robots because he thought that the robots are criminals, mostly because they took middle class Americans’ jobs in the year 2035).

This is interesting. I want to write down all the clues on Wednesday to figure out what my day is trying to tell me. I didn’t get any clues today, but I am more relaxed because I got the sleep that I needed.

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Touchstones meditation for August 30

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Edward Young, and it states “Procrastination is the thief of time. Today, I will do what I can within the limits of one day, and I will stay in communication with my Higher Power.”

This quote is a good one for me, and I need to remember this one because I have a problem with procrastination.

Card Reading for Tuesday, 8.30.16

The 5 of Pentacles card depict a couple walking in the snow near a church on a cold, winter day, which indicates that it might be you might be feeling lack of energy.(Yeah, I think I sometimes feel like that, especially in the morning, but I get more energy during the evening hours).

The Moon card, 18th card, depicts two dogs howling at the manly moon’s face, near a crab. This card might indicate that there is a fear of working on certain projects. It might be hard to work on taking risks. (This could be the reason….).

The 7 of Cups card depicts seven cups filled with your dreams. It is best to focus on your creative skills and work on your projects. (I am working on that in my graphic novel).

He adds a fourth card, which is the High Priestess, 2nd card, and it has to do with using your intuition. And your intuition can help you conquer fear.

These three cards add up to 32, and the number 32 reduces to 5. The number 5 means freedom.

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Touchstones meditations for August 29

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Leo Baeck, and it states “To be a man means to be a fellow man. I affirm myself as a man when I stand in solidarity with others and help them in their need.”

Card reading for Monday, 8.29.16

The 7 of Chalice card indicates you will be focuses on yourself, wondering if your dreams will come true, and you could lose touch of reality and make mistakes. (I don’t think I did that today. I just went to noon yoga class, and then drew a page for my graphic novel).

The 4 of Chalices card is in reverse, which indicates that you are in touch with your feelings to create in artistic work with your dreaming and fantasizing. (This one makes sense).

Ace of Chalices card is in reverse, which indicates that you need to take action with these feelings. Move forward into the direction which feels positive for you. (I am trying to do…)

These three cards add up to 12, and the number 12 reduces to 3. The number 3 means expression. Express your feelings, dreams, and fantasies in a creative way. (That is what I am trying to do in my graphic novel. Yeah, I think this reading sounds like what I am doing with my graphic novel process).

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Touchstones meditation for August 28

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Michelangelo’s motto, and it states “I am still learning. I will be honest about things I don’t know so I can continue to learn.”

Card Reading for Sunday, 8.28.16

The 6 of Wands card depicts a group of kids admiring a man riding a white horse. You will feel like celebrating a successful moment. (Yeah, I need to draw all day on Sunday. But I woke up with a bad headache, which is probably because I slept late).

King of Chalices card indicates that you are strong and positive, and you can handle anything. Make something happen.

The 10 of Swords card is in reverse, indicates you can rid negativity and obstacles, and move forward.

These three cards add up to 17, and the number 17 reduces to 8. The number 8 means power. (This reading sounds good. But I decided to check out another three-card reading by someone else to compare).

I decided to watch another tarot card reading video for Sunday, but by someone else in order to compare two people’s three-card spread for fun. Plus, this second person uses my favorite card deck, Osho Zen. So, I want to check out what she will say, and maybe also compare both to my actual Sunday to see which reading comes closest to my actual day.

The Courage card, 8th card, is in reverse, and it depicts a daisy growing out of a rocky ground. This card indicates you will no longer experience difficulties and obstacles, and life will become much easier for you.

The Exhaustion card, 9th card, is also in reverse, which indicates that you are more relaxed and your life is easier. You work will be fun. But you don’t need to work hard to get things done. (I feel I need to draw more each day to finish the first draft artboard for my graphic novel. So far, I have 130 pages roughly drawn).

The Change card, 10th card, depicts a colorful Mandela wheel with all astrological signs, and it appears to be spinning fast to the right, indicating everything will be easier for you.

A fourth card, The Chariot card is the 7th card, and it has to do with the overall theme for Sunday. It has to do with being determined and in control as well as experiencing career advancement, where others will acknowledge your success.  It has to do with moving forward. Things will start to pay off, and you will achieve victory. (Cool!).

The fifth card is angel’s advice, which is the Nurture card, and it involves nurturing yourself and relaxing. (Yeah, I do need to relax and nurture my headache).

Both readings sound similar and positive for this Sunday. Interesting.


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Touchstones Meditation for August 27

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Goethe, and it states “One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man. As I find the courage to be honest, I will become more genuine.”

Card Reading for Saturday, 8.27.16

As he lays out the three-card spread of Saturday, he states that this card spread is a good extension of yesterday’s reading because it continues where you left off on Friday. On Friday, I just went to yoga class and centered myself as well as did yoga stretching, which is the usual yoga workout, but sometimes it changes, depending on different yoga instructors.

The 8 of Bows card has to do with Heathfire, in which it has to do with connecting with others and being a part of a community. (Early morning, I went to the VW dealership for my Beetle’s annual service. It was a peaceful and quiet drive, just the way I like it, where I didn’t have to deal with any shit on the road. At the car dealership lounge area, I drank a cup of coffee, while I browsed through a Highlights magazine, which is for kids. I used to subscribe to this magazine when I was a kid, which was back in the 70s. That was my entertainment when I was a kid, which is checking out Highlights and Tiger Beat magazines for fun. I also ended up promoting my first novel because the salesman asked me about my novel).

The 3 of Bows card has to do with Fulfilment because such connection with others on Saturday will give you a certain satisfaction and fulfillment. Certain good things that you have done are show up, which allows you to connect with others easier. (I drove back home, and I ended up drawing two scenes in my graphic novel).

The 2 of Bows card has to do with Decision, in which you are able to see things easily about your life because everything is very clear. It is a good time to make a decision about what you want to do with your life. You can see things very clearly on Saturday, in which you know which direction you are heading, and you are able to make the right decision that will lead you to your desired destination. (I didn’t have any decision to make about anything. So, I don’t remember making a decision).

These three cards add up to 13, and the number 13 reduces to 4. The number 4 means structure, security, and stability. Everything that happens today is meant to happen for a purpose. So, go along with God’s Plan for you, and make the most of it.

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Touchstones meditation for August 26

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and it states “Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. Today, I will accept my experience as a simple message of truth.”

Yeah, I think this quote is interesting and make sense because I try to get some kind of message each day from my daily experience. Since everything happens for a purpose, even though I might not be aware of the purpose at the particular moment, I try to analyze my experience at the end of each day in order to figure out what I actually learned from that day’s experience, incidents, or happenings, whether good or bad.

Card Reading for Friday, 8.26.16

Princess of Cups card indicates that you might feel disconnected in life, and everything is going all over the place.

The Chariot card, 7th card, has to do with moving on and forward in life, in which you are doing.

The Adjustment card, 8th card, has to do with taking action, and you are taking action.

He adds a fourth card to this three-card spread, and it is the Knight of Disks card. This card indicates that you need to be grounded and connected in life, which you can do via meditation, yoga, and prayer. You might feel confused about certain things, and not sure if you are moving in the right direction.

He adds a fifth card to these four cards, and this card is The Fortune card, which is the 10th card. After you ground yourself and connect with your surroundings, everything will start transitioning into a positive way.

He adds a sixth card, which is the Abundance card, or 3 of Cups, in reverse, in which you might feel isolated and alone.

These six cards add up to 30, and the number 30 reduces to 3. The number 3 means expression. Express yourself to others in order to connect with others.

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Touchstones meditation for August 25

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Albert Camus, and it states “To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Today, I will have opportunities to assert myself. I will take the risks required to learn.”

Card reading for Thursday, 8.25.16

Ace of Swords card depicts a crystal skull, in which symbolizes intelligence. Therefore, God is blessing you with ideas, intelligence, and inspiration. (I have gotten some ideas for drawing my graphic novel as well as ideas to put my photography on youtube videos in categories per video).

Queen of Swords card indicates that you are able to make decisions well, and it tends to be very positive. (That is cool).

Herald of Pentacles card is in reverse, and it is filled with vibrant colors, but it has to do with a messenger or angel. News and ideas come from within your own meditation. You will create your own opportunities. If get an opportunity to work with others in a teamwork environment, then join that team because it is a good opportunity. (I am not familiar with any opportunities yet. I am just working on my own projects).

These three cards add up to 3, and the number 3 means expression. (It is important to express yourself in your work today by expressing your creativity in a unique way in order to stand out and get noticed).

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Touchstones meditation for August 24

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Maxwell Maltz, and it states “There is no greater weakness than stubbornness. If you cannot yield, if you cannot learn that there must be compromise in life—you lose. I will surrender my fragile stubbornness in exchange for the toughness I can learn in compromise.”

Classic Card Reading for Wednesday, 8.24.16

The 10 of Cups card depicts a happy family on a beautiful day with a lovely rainbow overhead. Whatever decision you made on Tuesday, you are now very happy and positive. (I am not sure what decision I made on Tuesday. I was mostly at my computer until I went to an evening Photography seminar at Canon. I don’t remember making any decisions, but maybe I was interesting in seeking other events).

The Temperance card, 14th card, has to do with moving forward with the process of deciding and making a balanced decision. So, listen to God’s guidance as you make your decision. (Maybe this decision making will actually come on Wednesday).

The Magician card, 1st card, has to do with creating positive and interesting results. Trust you intuition. (This sounds like it has to do with doing something creating, which is likely to be drawing my graphic novel, in my case).

These three cards add up to 25, and the number 25 reduces to 7. The number 7 means mind and creativity. This reading seems to indicate that I might draw magical and cool artwork on Wednesday. I should probably wait until Wednesday to see what comes up, maybe during Yoga Class at noon and then evening Photography class at Canon.

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Touchstones meditation for August 23

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday’s Touchstones meditation quote is by Stevie Wonder, and it states “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision. Today, I will set aside self-pity and remember to be grateful for the lessons my limitations have taught me.”

I think my limitations have taught me to be more creative and create more own versions of things that I don’t have.

Classic Card Reading for Tuesday, 8.23.16

As he lays out the three-card spread on video, he states that all three cards are of the Swords suit. When all three cards are the same suit, it is likely to be very specific. And, swords suit have to do with ideas, intellect, and inspiration.

King of Swords card looks empowering, filled with strength and solid. He is ready to fight negativity. It is about making decisions. Now, it is the time to decide which direction that you want to go, and use your wisdom to choose which way you prefer. (I am not sure what this is about because I haven’t been asked to choose a decision or direction yet. I am doing the same thing I have been doing before).

The 6 of Swords card depicts a family rowing in a boat at night, and there is a full moon in the background.  It is about taking your decisions, ideas, and inspiration on your journey. You need to be sneaky and do it at night. Move forward with a decision that is not very popular, although you feel it is still the right decision for you. (As I check out this card scene, I think it looks like the family is moving forward, although they seem scared of what is ahead, or what is in the unknown darkness because this scene is during nighttime. So, for me, it could mean that I am moving forward, although I am scared of what is ahead because I am not sure where it will lead me).

Ace of Swords card indicates that you are guided by God to make the right decisions for your life. (This card sounds hopeful).

These three cards add up to 8, and the number 8 means power.

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The Aftermath of Summer Olympics 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

I woke around 10am, fed Gumby, and ate my breakfast, while checking out movies on the independent channels, now that the Summer Olympics Games are over. Watching the Olympics for 17 days was like going on a two-week vacation in Rio de Janeiro and checking out sporting events.

I had put up my four enlarged photographs that I recently had printed large at Canon Experience Center. They fit in my living room areas because they each have a different coastal theme, and my living room décor looks like a coastal cottage. The fifth one is actually an old poster of a cute kitten, in which I have had since 1977 when I was twelve, and I just used to tape it on my bedroom door. I always forgot to buy a frame for it in the past. When I placed a shoe rack on my bedroom door, I took off the poster and folded it until I am able to buy a simple frame. I plan to put this framed poster in the small hallway, by my bedroom, in which there is another cat picture hanging at that location. I just need to take out these cute décor toys and put them away. It always falls off, and two items are missing. One chair is lost forever when my mother came to my house, and something happened because she accidentally threw it away somewhere. And, a little piece of another item fell off somewhere. I was hoping to finding them misplaced elsewhere, but I didn’t, and I don’t like losing things, even though it wasn’t my fault and I didn’t accidentally lose the item. I don’t like losing things because I am very careful with my things, and I like to take care of my belongings. I have been doing some rearranging this week, and I think the four enlarged photographs modernize my living room into a cityscape coastal city environment.

Now, it is back to my regular life of yoga workouts, OC MeetUps, local hiking meetups, and whatever comes up for me next in my life.

I do want to do more cool and creative videos, but I need to go to interesting events to do videos. I need to keep my eyes and ears open for local events to attend, which are usually art galleries, mall events, UCI campus events, weddings, and parties. I need to keep working on my graphic novel, but I should first browse through what I have already done in the artboard pages to see what is missing and what I need to add for the story plot. And, I will probably continue blogging about my graphic novel journey, as well as my life journey, in order to see what comes up next in my life.

I met my mother, her friend, and their two shihtzus at the town center by my townhouse, and we decided to hang out at Veggie Grill for a snack and chatting for two hours. I took a snapshot of the two shihtzus. Then, at 6:30pm, we decided to leave, discussing meeting again soon, maybe in Labor Day or another day in September.  I ate vegan Thai Tacos, and some falafel and sweetheart fries. But I brought the salad home with me in a box because no one finished eating it.

I went to Youtube to check out some videos, and I was listening to one, I noticed that the time was 8:19pm. I was watching a video about the movie, Factory Girl, a 2006 movie that I have seen at the theatre, and it is a based on true story about Edie Sedgwick, who was a model as well as Andy Warhol’s muse. It is sad because she had a lot of issues.

I also noticed I have gotten new subscribers on youtube lately, probably from my recent uploaded videos of the Endless Summer Festival weekend. I think special events help me create cool videos, but I don’t go to enough of them to make more videos. Maybe I just need to be creative to create a special event out of a basic event, and make it appear more fun than it actually appears.

It is kind of sad that the Olympics are over because it is interesting to watch the athletes perform and see which country is performing the best.

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