Monday, June 25, 2018

July 2018 Snake Oil/Dharma: Visions of Tomorrow Today


July 2018 Snake Oil 
Dharma: Visions of tomorrow today

As much as I was fairly comfortable with the home, family, and where I was born, I knew at a young age that I would move away. There were signs and directional arrows that pointed to a future move. I lived in the same Long Island home, in a middle class neighborhood until I got my first apartment. I moved to Arizona when I was twenty five. At the age of twenty-one I got my first apartment with a buddy and then I shared a rented house with another friend for a few years before I decided to move west. It was clear to me early on that the task of finding a way to make enough money to buy a home on the Island and live comfortably was not going to be an easy one. While you could make more money than in most other states, the costs to live in New York were extremely high. I had great friends and a mostly supportive family, but I really got the push to leave it all behind when I was around 23. I was a few years into my studies of metaphysics and I had read books about Sedona, Arizona and began to think that was the place for me. While I had never been to Arizona or California, or really even knew anyone who lived on the west coast, it seemed to me that it was simply a better spot for my growing spiritual interests. I was tired of the cold, snowy and wet winters, and the pull to move became increasingly stronger. 

While I intuitively knew I would move, I needed to see how it physically felt to be in the west. I made the decision to travel to Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Sedona during the same trip in early February of 1989. I landed in Phoenix, and got off the plane to experience an extremely well received 75 degrees. I instantly fell in love and felt like I had come home. It felt like things were clicking into place. My excitement around the potential move was stronger than any fear I may have had. California and Sedona were awesome but also really expensive. So Phoenix was my destination of choice. My first apartment was $349 a month, and it was a really nice one! I made the move in late 1990.

There were all kinds of practical details that went into my decision to move, yet it was the metaphysical ones that were the most pivotal. Even when I was young there were many different signs that I would move west. I really loved the Mary Tyler Moore show and specifically the theme song in the seventies. The whole idea of going to another city and starting over intrigued me. 

“How will you make it on your own? This world is awfully big, and girl this time you’re all alone. But it’s time you started living. It’s time you let someone else do some giving. Love is all around no need to waste it. You can have a town, why don’t you take it. You might just make it after all...” 

Replace the “girl” for “boy” in the song and I knew that this was something that I was destined to do when I was old enough. Mary went somewhere really cold, Minneapolis - I wanted to go where it was warm! Playing in the snow and aspects of winter were fun when I was younger, yet when I became an adult, snow was mostly a pain in the ass. I absolutely loved the spring, summer, and fall when the weather was warmer to even hot. I was happy and less pessimistic when it was sunny and warm. One of my favorite songs as a child was California Dreaming by the Mama’s and the Papa’s. California and the west coast in general was where it was sunny, and people seemed to be pretty, buff, and happy. It was scary to consider leaving everything I knew behind, along with all the securities and comforts of my home. Still, I also knew that I needed to really find out who I was, without the chains of my past holding me back. I needed to start fresh and take risks in order to mature. I knew that the metaphysical path was calling me, and the west just seemed like the place I needed to be to find what my path was going to be all about. Coming to Phoenix and being only two hours away from-what I thought to be the most metaphysical town in the U.S. (Sedona) was just too hard to resist for my mid twenties self.

Dharma is our direction karma. While we always have free will and make choices about what we do, we also come into our lives with blueprints or maps of probable directions we will likely move toward. This is what our dharma is. We can often see much of our dharma in our Astrology charts, Numerology charts, and with other types of oracles. This is why I decided to develop expertise with these tools; to understand my unique path and to help people understand theirs. I had many other glimpses of aspects of my dharma throughout my life. When I was 13 I had a vivid lucid dream of a library. I began to pull books off the shelves because there were a lot of them! I saw dozens of books that were written by Jim Ventura. I knew I would become a writer someday. When I was a kid, I used to enjoy recording pretend radio shows with my friends on cassette tapes. In my early forties I started doing my weekly radio show. For the most part, everything I have always enjoyed doing, especially the things I thought of as “play” have become successful aspects of my work. On countless occasions I have felt that familiar click when I could see how I had been led to doing what was now falling into place. I thankfully have always been blessed with an ability to see “signs.”

Even if you don’t feel like you ever had enough prophetic signs or any visions in your past, there are other ways to see one’s dharma. Going on a Vision Quest is a great way to get a clear view of where we are heading. All cultures have some version of this process. In Lakota tradition, a boy goes on a Vision Quest at puberty to find his identity, name, and direction. He isolates himself for four days and nights on top of a hill without food and water. The site is isolated and protected by a Medicine Man. We don’t have to do something this extreme to benefit from a Vision Quest. Short vacations and retreats into nature will often help open our “eyes.” Even with brief visits, nature seems to amplify our intuitive vision and help to release the blocks that often interfere with our ability to hear our intuitive voices. 

The process of temporarily retreating from the noise of the world itself can help us get in touch with our dharma. We are surrounded by a steady stream of loud noise in this world. On top of this we are frequently bombarded by the noise of people telling us what we “should be doing.” All of this chatter can make hearing what our intuitive self is saying harder to hear. I had one of the most profound and clear views of my life while sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon in 1990. I saw vivid details about my near future and was clearly able to see the problems that were blocking my way. I was struggling with some major issues at that time and the vision wasn’t an easy one. I needed that clarity and it helped me to let go of a number of blockades including an extremely abusive relationship I was involved in. Prophetic visions and new creative ideas often come when I am on vacations. I frequently get insight about where I am heading in my future while on drives to Las Vegas! Some of my best writing, videos, and other creative ideas have come to me this way! You don’t have to be born with powerful intuitive and psychic abilities to benefit by tapping into your dharma. Like any other skill in life the ability to “see” can be developed with practice. There are many different ways to increase our ability to get direction about where our path is heading, but a Vision Quest is something everyone can benefit from.
Jim Ventura 1-2014

Editors Note:

This column originally ran in 2014. Funny thing is as much as Sedona was a draw when I first moved out here, I actually only get up there about every two or three years now. The city really grew and became a bit more commercialized, so it lost little of its magic. Still a wonderful place to visit but priorities change...
I have been getting very different visions and pulls to move in some other directions for the next decade of my life. One of the producers from The List actually suggested I host the last segment I did on the show and actually got a thumbs up for that from ABC! It was cheesy fun and here is a clip of it below. I think in different capacities (ideally in time it would be television writing but in front of the camera work for now is very fun) I will be doing more with television. I am not sure what that specifically looks like but I trust it will roll out exactly as its supposed to. Another reason I think it would be a good move for me is I think we will be seeing a recession in the next two years or three years after the questionable decision by Americans to give control of all three branches of the government to Republicans only. That will likely shift somewhat in 2019, but the damage from this and many of the things our 45th President has done will not be easily fixed. Getting involved in the entertainment field is a solid decision during economic down turns. It is a field that rarely dips and often becomes more needed during difficult times. 

I will only be doing about 10 columns each year beginning in late 2018 and into 2019. I have been doing this monthly column since 2003. You will see a page heading for August/September (as an example) when I end up skipping a month here and there. Between the added work I am doing with television now and being fairly busy with personal sessions I need to cut back on the amount of work it takes to get this column out each month. I would also like to go back to working on some books I began years ago and finally finish them! I also just simply don’t want to work a lot. At the age of 53 a 30 hour work week is about where I want to be.
I have a few regular clients who have opted out (for their own unique reasons) of my Regular Client Program this year so there are openings for getting into this valuable program. More information later in the newsletter. We are in the heart of the summer again. After 27 years now in Phoenix I am used to it and complain a lot less even though it still kinda sucks lol. Wishing everyone a happy July! Cheers, Jimmy V 


“Buddha was asked. ‘What have you gained from meditation?’ He replied, “Nothing!’ 
‘However. Buddha said, let me tell you what I lost:
Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death.”

New Client Special 2018:

January 1st 2018 thru July 31st, 2018 Special: New Client introductory offer
$10-15 off listed rates for your first 45 minute session, 70, or 90 minute session! Ask for the special when you email
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My current rates (new clients can subtract the above discounts from these rates): 45 minute sessions $85. 70 minute sessions $110. 90 minute sessions $130. Sessions can be in-office or by phone.

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” J. Robert Oppenheimer

Channeled corner. I read many, many books from different trance channelers in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately many of them are now out of print, but I still have a huge collection and will share some of the best material I have collected over the years.

Safe Universe
“Each of you, to some extent or another, believe that the universe is not safe, and therefore you must set up defenses against it. The official one-line consciousness with which you are familiar says, the world is not safe. I cannot trust it. Nor can I trust the conditions of experience or the conditions of my own existence. Nor can I trust myself. I can look at a squirrel and rejoice, but I cannot look at myself and rejoice, for I am filled with inequity and I am, to some extent evil.

Seth spoke with rich irony here, looking from one person to another. I am not only evil as myself, but I come from a tainted and flawed race. My mother and my father were flawed before me and I send these tragic flaws into the future. Therefore, I must set up my defenses in whatever way I can, to protect myself in a universe that I cannot trust, and from a self that is evil and flawed.

Now, as long as you hold on to these beliefs, then you must indeed set up defenses. As long as you believe that you dwell in a universe that is a threat, you must defend yourself against it. As long as you believe that the self is flawed and that the race is doomed and evil, you must defend yourself against yourself. And how can you trust the voice of the psyche? When I say to you, be spontaneous, how dare you take that step? To be spontaneous would obviously give rise to all the lust, passion, murder, and hatred that to you is inherent in the human heart.

So you say, I try to be spontaneous, but how can I? I try to believe that I am good, but how can I be good when I come from a race that is evil? You try to say, the universe is safe, and then you watch the television news or read the newspaper and you say, what lie is this? How can the universe be safe when I read about wholesale murder war, trickery, and greed? How can I be myself, for if I am myself will I not unleash into the world only more of the horror I see about me? For surely human nature cannot change, and human nature is evil. Look already what evil it has worked upon the planet, then tell me Seth, be spontaneous! What do you ask of me, and how can I stand upon the authority of the psyche or tell myself I am good?

My last book, The Nature of Personal Reality, is a good book. It is a helpful book, and it is far trickier than you realize. It will lead you automatically, if you use it, out of the official line-of consciousness. You will begin to question not only your own private beliefs for your own purposes, but the nature of beliefs. And you will be led to discover other strands of consciousness.

The one-line stage of consciousness was necessary, but it contained within it it’s own impetus for development. It set up challenges that could not be solved at that stage, and that would automatically lead you to other kinds of awareness. Only when you sense these, can old contradictions make sense.

You need not say, the universe is safe, for at your present level, that will only enrage you. Say instead, I live in a safe universe, and so you shall. Those defenses you have set up will crumble for they will not be needed.”

One of Seth’s students asked Seth about his discomfort with the woman he is dating because she does not know of Seth’s ideas. Seth responds:

“Now there are people who are quite involved with my ideas who do not know my name. There are people quite content with their lot and they do not know my name. They know themselves. They are aware of the vitality of their beings and they do not need me to tell them that they are important. The flowers and cats and trees don’t need me to tell them they are important either, and there are many people who do not need me for the same reason.

These people recognize the vitality of their existence. They ignore the belief systems of their times. They are ancient children. They may not read philosophy, but they listen to the wind. They watch the behavior of the season... If you were satisfied with the nature of your existence, you would not be here. Those who are satisfied, do not need my voice. They find sufficient reinforcement from the dawn and the twilight.

They may build ditches or work in fields or factories. They do not need to listen to my voice because they listen to the voice of the oak trees and the birds, and the voices of their own beings. I am a poor imitation of the voices of your own psyches to which you do not listen. I will be unneeded, and gladly so, when you realize that the vitality and reinforcement and joy are your own, and rise from the fountain of your own beings; when you realize that you do not need me for protection, for there is nothing you need protect yourself against.”

Psychic Politics by Jane Roberts



Regular Client Program 

One of the best programs I have been doing for 18 years now is my Regular client program. The program is designed to benefit my clients at multiple levels. Clients who enroll in the program come in every three months for personal sessions (monthly sessions are also an option). This can also be done for out-of-area clients by phone. Session prices are discounted for Regular clients. Regulars also receive discounts on classes, books and CD’s. The focus of the program is on consistent work in developing your intuitive abilities, learning how to use the signs and signals that are all around us, and conquering fear-based programming permanently. We also get to do work with all the many different oracles I currently work with! My Regular client program has resulted in some tremendous spiritual evolution for hundreds of people over the years. Many of my Regulars have gone on to do spiritual counseling, or similar types of work and some are healing and guiding others personally and professionally. The progress I have seen over the years among the majority of my Regular clients has been phenomenal. It is wonderful to see the spiritual, physical, and emotional progress I have assisted in motivating. So many of my Regular clients have dramatically changed the way they now view life and are enjoying a more enlightened point of view. You too can join this program as well, just ask.
More about the Regular Client Program... This program was designed to create an easy, cost effective way for my clients to progress in their spiritual development. 
When we are consistent at attending to our body/mind/spirit, we naturally move through life with more harmony and greater joy. When our spiritual awareness is heightened and fine tuned we are often happier this helps us to enjoy all aspects of our lives, including occasional personal challenges because we see them as inevitably beneficial. We can truly assist the people around us. Human beings learn by example. Your intimate partnerships, friendships, family, and children benefit when you are in a good space.
The Regular Client Program makes it easier to prioritize keeping your spiritual, emotional and even physical “garden” free of weeds. In China, the professional soothsayer is a reverent and dignified calling.  It does not attract the sort of suspicion it does in the western world. In fact, in most eastern cultures, seeing an oracle reader is a sign of wisdom, success, and prestige. If you have an interest in increasing these attributes and working with a highly skilled navigational consultant then the Regular Client Program may be right for you.
My non-regular rates for 2007-2018:
Full session (70 minutes) $110.00. shorter session (45 minutes) $85.00. Extended session (90 minutes) $130.00.
Regular client discounted rates for 2014-2019:
Quarterly (every three months) Regulars:
Full 70 minute sessions $90.00 shorter sessions $65.00 Extended sessions $105.00
Monthly Regulars: 
Full 70 sessions $80.00 shorter sessions $55.00 Extended sessions $95.00
I also have an every other month option.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PREPAY 3 OR MORE SESSIONS YOU RECEIVE AN EVEN BIGGER DISCOUNT. 
(prepaid three quarterly sessions: (3) - 45 minute sessions $175. (3) -  70 minute sessions $240. (3) - 90 minute sessions $285.
(prepaid three monthly sessions: (3) - 45 minute sessions $150. (3) - 70 minute sessions $210. (3) - 90 minute sessions $250.
* Regular clients get to choose whether they will come in for a full, 45, or extended session. You may vary the length of each session each time you come in for your appointments, and still keep your discounted rates. 
* I will contact you a few weeks before your next appointment by email or phone for scheduling. If there is a need for a few weeks delay or to come in sooner or for an extra appointment this is also an option.
* Sessions can be used for all of the different readings I offer, transformation sessions, reality change sessions, or personalized instruction on how to read oracles yourself.
* Regular Clients can purchase gift certificates for sessions to give to friends and family at their discounted rates. Regulars also receive discounts on classes, CDS, and books.
* If at any point you decide to come in more often or less often, or even exit the program, simply let me know. I have worked with clients who have come monthly for two years, then switched to quarterly, etc... Clients who exit the program can still come in randomly for sessions, although they will be required to pay current non-regular rates.
When we are out of balance, and not attending to our spiritual sides we are more likely to: hold onto the past, feel anxious about the present, and fearful about the future. Oracle readings and navigational consultations help us keep clear of lower energies and bring us to a higher awareness in all areas of our lives. Developing our intuitive abilities increases our potential for happy relationships, excellent health, and keep us excited about wherever our lives are headed. The majority of my clients come in for a session once or twice a year or when a crisis triggers them. My Regular clients use the sessions as PREVENTIVE MEDICINE.
If you are interested in signing up for this program call or e mail me VenturaSag@yahoo.com   

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” Buddha

Snake Oil Radio

Thursdays at 3:30 pm (there will be one live broadcast this month)
My next live broadcast of Snake Oil Radio will be Thursday, July 19th at 3:30 p.m. mountain time. Usually one or two Thursdays each month you can catch a new show. Each 45 minute show will expand on my current column’s subject matter. It will also offer an opportunity for you to call in live (or chat with other listeners in the chat room) with comments and your thoughts about the topic of discussion. If you miss the live show, you can catch any of my previously recorded shows on the web site’s archive. You can also catch Snake Oil Radio on I-tunes (download my pod-casts there).
To hear a live show, all you need to do is be at a computer and tuned into: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Jim-Ventura  You may also access it by going to the site and type “Snake Oil” into the search option. You can also go to the shows that are currently “On air” at that time and find me. The call in number is 646-200-3966 for questions and comments.

Here’s my contact information to make an appointment for a session, or information on current classes: Email: Venturasag@yahoo.com (best method for contact).
Phone calls: (602) 957-3035 text only: (602) 349-0746 

Information about the different sessions and types of readings and services, past Snake Oil columns, and how to order my books and audio CD’s can be found at my website: Http://JimVentura.com 

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All sessions/readings for 2018 are: Full (70 minutes) $110.00; Shorter session (45 minutes) $85.00;  Extended session (90 minutes) $130.00 (two people can split an extended session back to back for $65.00 each, although no other discounts will apply).  Email me for information about my Regular Client Program for even bigger discounts on session prices with the added benefit of monthly or quarterly check-ins. 






Tuesday, May 29, 2018

June 2018 Snake Oil/Time For a Change


June 2018 Snake Oil 
Time For a Change

The signals that things were going to change in my life began to come in the summer of 2017. I was aware of upcoming cyclical shifts in both numerology and astrology, but I could feel them instinctually as well. Practical, tangible things would need replacing. I have always been lucky with “stuff” lasting a long time. My perseverance and seeming disposition toward longevity often seemed to translate to “inanimate” objects as well. After almost nine years with my 2001 Prius, the message that it was time for a new car began to push through. The practical reasons were obvious. I had almost 200,000 miles on it. My rear shocks needed to be replaced and my AC needed an overhaul for the summer. The car was still driving fine, but it had a slight pull to the left and a few other minor problems. It would easily be over $1100 to get her repaired, but the question was, would this be a wise investment? I was very lucky to have never needed to replace the original hybrid battery but I knew I was pushing that luck. I began to clean her out to prepare for taking the car in for a trade. Finding all the weird lost things tucked into the trunk, between seat cushions, and in other pockets reminded me of how much time we had spent together. I loved this car. In typical old soul fashion of seeing some aspects of life force in everything, I got far more sad about the loss at first then excited about a new car. I would truly miss this car, this part of my life, and what it represented.

When we look at the influences of numerology we can observe nine year patterns or yearly personal cycles. Whether we are aware of these cycles or not, they still influence us. The universal years are noticeable in society itself, yet the personal year cycles are simply that, more personal to us. In a 1-9 year cycle, the 1 year is about beginning new projects. The transition felt in a 9 year cycle is all about completion, potential accomplishment, and often endings. My personal year began on my birthday (this is when personal numerology cycles begin) in late November of 2017. The 5 year I began is typically a year of shifts, changes, moves, evolution, and often some adversity. In our 5 year cycles we often experience transformation that helps us adjust in the middle of the 9 year cycle. I remember moving from NY to Arizona almost three decades ago, during a 5 year. It was a monumental change, and eventually a really good one, but it started off with lots of challenges. 

There is no question for me about this being a 5 year so far. I lost a very close friend, and in some respects someone that I saw as another mother on Christmas day 2017. She passed from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. She was a major light in my life for many years. Two months later in February I had to make the agonizing decision about putting my best buddy, my very sick 16 year old cat Chi Chi to rest. My eighty five year old mother is beginning to show physical and spiritual signs of getting ready to depart from this world. The physical issues and trouble she is having navigating around are obvious, but the feelings I am getting are similar to the ones I felt before my father passed ten years ago. Specifically whether this will occur this year or next year, I can’t know exactly, but it is coming. Needless to say, my emotional body has gotten quite a workout so far this year. The experience of loss and preparing for more is never an easy process.

The flip side of all of this loss are changes that are clearly positive ones. I have filmed ten appearances on television already since early December of 2017. I have had a number of encounters here in Arizona and in Las Vegas with people recognizing the “celebrity astrologer” from television. This may likely lead to my getting more involved in television and is already working as a great marketing aid for my business. I have lost two family members I spent most holidays and many Sunday breakfasts with to a move out of state, but gained a few more new friends as well. I have a new group of buddies to hang with and I really like them. Going out to the bars and events twice a month and often ending up at a diner late night is reminiscent of my early twenties and damn fun. When I bought my new car (newer 2010 Prius) I was happily surprised to find out that my credit score is now really good. After nine years of struggle with credit problems after the difficult economic times in 2008-2011, I had tangible proof that I took all the right steps to get things on track. My home was “under water” financially then as well, and now I have quite a bit of equity. If I were to sell and go back to renting an apartment, I realized I could actually take two years off from working for the first time in my life. I won’t do that, but knowing I can is amazingly liberating. For the first time in decades I am truly ahead.

It is understandable that many people struggle with change. Change can be scary, but whether we decide to see the change as “good” or “bad” it is a reality of this world. Pushing up against it just causes us pain and usually the changes will happen anyway. As much as I occasionally get sad when I think about the things that I loved and lost, I also feel a remarkably warm sense of privilege. I got to spend time with those people, my cat, and even my car. They are wonderful pieces of my life that I will fondly get to remember forever. Rather than focus on the loss, I feel blessed to have had them and I relish how they touched me. I wouldn’t trade any of it for a different past even if I could. As much as I might miss them they no longer fit into this current time. They were like pieces of a mosaic puzzle that no longer mesh into my world because they aren’t supposed to. They are no longer here for their own reasons and evolution - because I am different the world now is too. They moved from the realm of the present to the nostalgia of the past. Like excellent old music, television shows, or movies from past decades and are still awesome to enjoy now but appropriately part of another time. Like watching a rerun of Charlie’s Angels, or Mary Tyler Moore they were phenomenon that could simply only play at that time. 

I can comfortably see a time in about forty (more or less) years from now where I am reminiscing about my awesome cat, groups of different friends, my mothers, and even my little white car. I might even be telling someone who was too young to remember about our bizarre orange skinned President and the phenomenon of water-cooler-talk about a show like Games of Thrones. At that time it is likely that I will be ready for the even bigger change of letting go of this body and heading back to where I originally came from. No worries, no fear, no regrets will be part of this transition for me. I will embrace the change because it is just simply time and my body and spirit will no longer fit into this world in the way it did. For now I will enjoy the many, many things I still do have and welcome the new into my life when it presents itself to fit perfectly into my now.
Jim Ventura 5-2018

“Change is not a four letter word...but often your reaction to it is!” Jeffrey Gitomer

Notes:

The 100 degree temperatures are beginning here in Phoenix. Thankfully most of the nights are still cool, but July heat will blast its way in shortly whether we like it or not. I bought a second portable AC unit for my living room last year and also have one in the bedroom. I absolutely love those things. I also bought a new car that has great AC. Believe it or not, I spent most of last summer and part of the previous summer without AC in my car. Weird frugality in me from my childhood that sometimes needs to be checked with summer practicalities. Actually felt the new car was “too nice for me” when I first drove it home from the dealership. That nonsense belief has since been discarded but I realized I have a few pockets of beliefs about abundance that I need to permanently shift. Very glad I will be enjoying the cool at multiple levels even when its damn hot outside this summer!

Some of my clients have never had me do their Numerology chart for them or did a shortened version for a 45 minute session with Numerology and Tarot or with just astrology sessions. Looking at more detail of personal years, pinnacle and challenge cycles, can be very illuminating. An in depth look into our actual name will show karmic dispositions both positive karma and “need to fix it” karma. The destiny number, heart number, personality number, and habit challenge are keys to understanding your own unique wiring. The session is discounted this month so check out more information about booking later in this months newsletter and take advantage of this brief special.

I now have home classes available by phone or in office. You can take a class or classes either solo or with one other friend. More information later in the newsletter.
I just filmed my 10th spot for ABC show The List. Here is a clip of the last show. Any of the other shows are available on TheListTV.com and also on the ListTV on YouTube. Search astrologers and astrology and you should find quite a few of them. There are other astrologers on the show from time to time that have a unique perspective. 
Wishing everyone a Happy June. Cheers, Jimmy V










New Client Special 2018:

January 1st 2018 thru July 31st, 2018 Special: New Client introductory offer
$10-15 off listed rates for your first 45 minute session, 70, or 90 minute session! Ask for the special when you email
Venturasag@yahoo.com to book. Debit and credit card payments get $10 off for 45-90 minute sessions. Local in-office clients can get an extra $5 off for cash or check payments for sessions. If you want to buy a new client a thoughtful gift of a session you can also take advantage of these rates!
My current rates (new clients can subtract the above discounts from these rates): 45 minute sessions $85. 70 minute sessions $110. 90 minute sessions $130. Sessions can be in-office or by phone.
“Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t.” Richard Bach

Channeled corner. I read many, many books from different trance channelers in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately many of them are now out of print, but I still have a huge collection and will share some of the best material I have collected over the years.

Seth on creativity and play
“Most people, however, are so utterly serious that they suspect their own creativity. They expect that its products will be unreal or not valid in the physical world. Yet there is a great correlation between what you think of as creativity, altered states of consciousness, play, and ‘spiritual’ development.
When you create a poem or song or a painting you are in a state of play, of enjoyment, of freedom. You intend to make something different, to produce a new version of reality. You create out of love, for the sake of experience. At one time or another almost everyone has that kind of experience, but children have it often. They compose songs and music and paintings in their heads. They alter the focus of their consciousness frequently. They do not stop to ask whether or not the play is real or pertinent. Physically, play develops their body mechanisms. It also flexes the great capabilities of their minds. 
When you think: ‘Life is earnest,’ and decide to put away childish things, then often you lose sight of your own creativity and become so deadly serious that you cannot play, even mentally. Spiritual development becomes a goal that MUST be attained. The goal is to be achieved through hard work, and as long as you believe this you do not understand what the spirit is.
I keep returning to natural analogies-but plants do not work at developing their potential. They are not beautiful because they believe it is their responsibility to please your eye. They are beautiful because they love themselves and beauty. When you are so serious, you almost always distort the nature of your own spirit as far as your understanding of it is concerned. You cannot let your guard down long enough to discover what it is. You keep looking for new rules or regulations, or methods of discipline. You keep searching for a new ‘ascended master.’ or guru, to keep you in line and point out THE WAY...”
The Unknown Reality Volume Two Jane Roberts Channeling Seth.

Snake Oil Subscriber Special June 1-30th 2018
Its All In Your Numbers!
Many of my clients who had shorter 45 minute sessions with me or for other reasons have never had their Numerology chart fully interpreted have actually missed quite a bit. I started doing Numerology when I was 18 years old. 35 years later I have probably worked with easily over 6000 full or partial charts. This study has given me some exceptional skills for interpreting and explaining the many layers of a Numerology chart. 
Some of these are:
Destiny Numbers
Hearts Desire numbers
Personality numbers
Habit Challenges
Karmic numbers (past life lessons you are working through in this life and also skills brought over).
Family name numbers
Birth-path numbers
Day of birth and correlation with the Tarot archetypes.
Personal year cycles
Challenges and Pinnacles for each of four life cycles.
Master numbers and their impact.
You can receive a full chart interpretation in office or by phone for a discounted rate of $20 off the normal rate of $85 for a 45 minute session. $65 total for this all Numerology session.
Email me at Venturasag@yahoo.com to book the special anytime in June of 2018. You can purchase a total of three Numerology sessions at this rate this month also if you want to give a gift session to anyone who has children or any friends or family members who would benefit from understanding their Numerology chart. This can be a very thoughtful gift and I take care of all the “scary math!”

“Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.” Ellen Degeneres


Snake Oil Radio

Thursdays at 3:30 pm (there will be one live broadcast this month)
My next live broadcast of Snake Oil Radio will be Thursday, June 5th at 3:30 p.m. mountain time. Usually one or two Thursdays each month you can catch a new show. Each 45 minute show will expand on my current column’s subject matter. It will also offer an opportunity for you to call in live (or chat with other listeners in the chat room) with comments and your thoughts about the topic of discussion. If you miss the live show, you can catch any of my previously recorded shows on the web site’s archive. You can also catch Snake Oil Radio on I-tunes (download my pod-casts there).

To hear a live show, all you need to do is be at a computer and tuned into: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Jim-Ventura  You may also access it by going to the site and type “Snake Oil” into the search option. You can also go to the shows that are currently “On air” at that time and find me. The call in number is 646-200-3966 for questions and comments.

Intuitive and Oracle reading classes 2018


While I no longer host group classes in my home, some of my most popular classes are still available! I will be adding a possible Skype option in late July of 2018 as well. Now classes can be in-office, by phone, or through FaceTime.
You can take one introductory class or continue with a monthly class for up to six months for any of the classes offered. Each instructional class is 90 minutes. You may schedule a one on one class in office or by phone for yourself, or have a friend or family member join you and split the costs.

Single one person class: $55.00 or 3 classes pre-paid $150.
2 people $70 for each class ($35.00 each) 3 classes pre-paid $180 ($90.00 each).

Email me for more information and my availability calendar to book your personal intuitive and oracle development classes. Venturasag@yahoo.com


Current options:

1. TAROT CARD READING
Whether you have some experience with Tarot or have never used this oracle before, Tarot classes will assist you in understanding the wisdom and insight contained in Tarot cards. The classes will focus on teaching you how to read the Tarot for yourself and eventually for others. The Tarot can be used for prediction, to accelerate spiritual growth, and increase your awareness or “navigational life skills.” If you don’t have a deck, assistance will also be provided on choosing the right deck for you. Whether you plan on using oracles for self guidance, or wish to expand into doing readings professionally, the classes will assist you on your road to mastering the Tarot.


2. ASTROLOGY-101 
Astrology classes will teach you all of the basics to read any Astrology chart. You will learn to interpret your own chart, as well as those of others. You will gain insight into house placements, signs, symbols, angles, retrograde planets, cusps, transits, etc... We will explore how powerful the influence of astrology is in our lives. Working with your unique astrology chart (western astrology, Placidus house system) will help you with understanding yourself, your unique skills, challenges, and how to use this knowledge to navigate through this life with more empowerment. 


3. MICHAEL MATERIAL
* What is your soul age? The soul age of friends, family, and people all around you ?
* How do past lifetimes influence us in the present ?
* What does karma feel like, and how does it work ?
* How does your chief negative feature impact your life, and can it be changed?
* What happens when your partner is an idealist and you are a realist ?
* What is your life goal? Is it dominance, acceptance, flow, discrimination, growth, reevaluation,  or submission ?
*What is your essence, your soul mate’s essence ? Artisan, priest, king, server, sage, warrior or scholar. ?
* What is a soul mate, task companion, heart link ?
* What is your centering and what do the higher centers feel like?
After this workshop you will understand all of these questions and many more, and more importantly have the answers.


What is the Michael teaching?
The main goal of the Michael teaching is agape or unconditional love. The teaching views life as a learning game in which fragments of the Tao - that essential part of each human being - set up lessons which continue over lifetimes. These lessons are learned via the personality which Essence chooses each lifetime. Michael teaches us what the components of the personality are so that we can learn to use and see these components in ourselves and in others. In that way we can learn to understand why human beings behave as they do. Michael is composed of 1,050 individual Essences who have lived on the physical plane and now teach from another plane. One of the most basic and important principles of the teaching is that it is not a religion or a belief system. Michael encourages their students to self validate all of the information they receive. The system was originally in print in over 12 volumes of information. “My studies of this material have been extensive and now I offer what I have learned to my students” Jim Ventura (Old Scholar). The classes will help you to use and understand the material without the need to read all the out of print books. This series is highly recommended! 


4. PAST LIFE JOURNEYS
All aspects of past life exploration, from hypnosis, dreaming techniques, past life regressions will be discussed. By understanding the influence of karma and the past lives we have already lived, we will show how our past experiences affect us in our present life. The class focuses on setting up a past life journal, and explores the progression of our soul’s journeys. Astrology, Numerology, and many other tools will be utilized to aid you in becoming aware of your past lifetimes. The classes will increase understanding of relationship patterns, release fear and phobia’s, letting go of allergies, and other blockades are some of the many possibilities connected with this type of study. “Desire to live again, because that will be your lot in any case.” Nietzsche


Here’s my contact information to make an appointment for a session, or information on current classes: Email: Venturasag@yahoo.com (best method for contact).
Phone calls: (602) 957-3035 text only: (602) 349-0746 

Information about the different sessions and types of readings and services, past Snake Oil columns, and how to order my books and audio CD’s can be found at my website: Http://JimVentura.com 


“Friend” me on Facebook to get other extra offers and in between column extras! Signing up for my fan page will get you even more extras and first shot at reading specials. Simply click on “like” on the fan page and you will automatically get my weekly updates. 

You also may want to check out my posts on Tumblr.com: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/snake-oil-blog


All sessions/readings for 2018 are: Full (70 minutes) $110.00; Shorter session (45 minutes) $85.00;  Extended session (90 minutes) $130.00 (two people can split an extended session back to back for $65.00 each, although no other discounts will apply).  Email me for information about my Regular Client Program for even bigger discounts on session prices with the added benefit of monthly or quarterly check-ins. 




Friday, April 27, 2018

May 2018 Snake Oil/What Me Worry?

May 2018 Snake Oil
What Me Worry?

It’s probably no surprise to anyone who is Virgo (Sun, Ascendant, or Moon) or has a few planets in Virgo in their Natal Astrology chart that they can often get caught in the worry trap. I recently found out that left-handed people are prone toward post-traumatic-stress-disorder and worry. I am a lefty and I have three planets in a Virgo conjunction in my natal chart. The information was actually a relief because it confirmed that I was “normal.” So far for most of my lifetime, when I experienced any type of stressful or traumatic event I had a tough time being fearful that something similar might ever happen again. The positive side of this obstacle is I have a sharp mind and I am often twelve steps ahead when it comes to taking care of the details of life as if I am playing a chess game. This strategy and approach has often been beneficial in avoiding potential problems. But, the negative side of this attribute is definitely problematic because It can make me prone to worrying about difficult possibilities that could come my way. I get caught up trying to resolve these things before they become an issue. Whether you are a lefty, Virgo, or for any other possible reason we all get caught in the worry trap from time to time. It is an uncomfortable, lousy place to be. Is there a way out though?
I have always been a believer that almost everything can be solved or resolved, if you are willing to study the subject and apply solutions. Even if it means finding an expert with more knowledge than you to help, most things can be resolved because solutions are the flip side of problems. They exist as a part of each other. Seeing things this way is one of the good aspects of my Virgo energy, combined with a bit of my Sun in Sagittarius optimism! My mission was to find a way to solve the habit of worry itself. I decided I would find a way to spend the second half of my life free of obsessive worry. Aside from the discomfort that we often feel emotionally, physically, and mentally from worry, it is also extremely negative in that it can act like a form of prayer. We become consumed with thinking and focusing on what we are afraid might happen, or about what is happening and whether it will become even worse. This focus of energy can feed the manifestation probability and may end up contributing to creating the very things we so desperately want to avoid. This is another reason why finding a way to eliminate the worry habit was a worthwhile undertaking. 
During my studies of this subject I learned a few interesting things about this process and I was able to find real solutions to what worrying is and does to us. The new way of looking at how we typically respond to worry and the solutions I discovered can really assist in removing or at least minimizing this issue for anyone willing to make the shift. One thing to remember when we find ourselves worrying is that most of the things we worry about never actually happen. If you could list all of the concerns, fears and things you worried might happen over your entire lifetime so far, you would see that probably around ninety five percent of the potential problems never turned out the way we feared they would. The few that did materialize often had solutions that we couldn’t see at first when they first presented themselves. My air conditioning unit went out in the late summer about seven years ago. This was truly an Arizona nightmare. When I had it checked out, I was quoted with a potential bill of $7,500 to solve it. I worried a lot when that happened. When I calmed down, I decided to call another company for a second opinion. The second company told me that I could replace the unit on the roof and leave the interior that also needed work for another 5-10 years. I still had to come up with $1900 to get it running again, but it is still working really well and now with awesome, powerful and reasonably inexpensive portable room to room units, I am not sure if I will even replace the interior system.
When we worry, we block information and solutions from coming to us. Another important thing to remember when the worry habit grips us is what if the bad thing that is or could happen is actually turns out to be a beneficial thing? Many people fear things like their spouse cheats on them, they get divorced, or simply end up being alone. Yet, more often than not, when we let go of a mate that doesn’t fit with us we find being single can be wonderful also. Often people struggle with losing a mate and the details of its end, only to come to a different perspective about it. Often they end up finding someone who is so much more of an amazing match for them! Yet, how could they ever have come to the new place of happiness unless they had circumstances that made them leave the previous situation? We may fear losing our job, yet that may be the very catalyst that opens the door to a new career or job that we really love. We may fear losing our home or being forced to move, only to find that we like the new home far better, and maybe our future next mate or new best friend is living right next door!
We often get caught up trying to obsessively control events. There are times when this can be necessary and valuable. Our ego has a purpose and can be useful. Life is about making choices and taking appropriate action. Being too passive can create problems. Still, if we let go and trust that the path we are on or the seeming obstacle course that has surfaced may be part of the solution, we are on the right track to being at peace. The Universe is not stupid or against us. Believe it or not our Higher Selves are extremely wise. Events that seem to be problems are often medicine or blessings in disguise.


Worry can bring up fear around being worthy of receiving assistance. We are not cast aways, left behind in this world without help and support. We have friends, family, and other people who can support, guide, and assist us if we are open to asking for help when we experience problems. We also have unseen helpers, spirit guides, angels, nature, as well as other forces that will look out for us and help us. We can open to more of this assistance if we are willing to ask and to be open to the answers that come to us.
It can take practice to eliminate the worry habit, yet it is something we can all do. If we are willing to trust that everything that we experience, even seemingly very negative things happen for a reason, then we can realize we always learn from difficulty, because it will inevitably make us smarter and stronger. We can become more knowledgeable and wiser from those experiences. The best part is that through experience we can develop in ourselves an aversion to any conduct that can bring stress into our lives, inevitably having far less of it in our future. Often we will be able to help and assist other people precisely because of what we learned!. When we release the worry habit we can become more tuned into the reality that every problem does have a solution. If we are willing to drop this unproductive habit and learn to trust and relax, we can tune into the awareness that a solution is always on its way.

Jim Ventura 9-1-2013

Notes:

This column actually ran originally in late 2013. It’s hard to believe that was now 5 years ago! The Mad magazine reference here makes me think of the field day this magazine is having with our current political climate. As stressed as many people are about the bizarre place we find ourselves politically, love him or hate him President Trump/a former reality TV show star has been a gift for comedy and the media. When it comes to the subject of this column I have definitely gotten a lot better about shifting away from the worry habit. Can’t say that I have completely overcome the trap of getting pulled in, but far less often and shorter durations have become more of the norm for me. I am very proud of my consistent Regular Clients and their work as well in this area. I have seen some great improvements for so many of past and current Regulars! I will be talking more about the process and value of self improvement in next month’s or July’s brand new column called; “As I cultivate my own nature all else follows.” 

I posted this on Face-book last month and it is definitely worth running here as well: If you get an email from me or anyone that you know that doesn't have any added information and just a link, don't click on it. Email scammers look for people with strong online presences and copy the email or their actual name. Usually you can tell by the bizarre suffix added at the end. If it doesn't have a recognizable Internet address like yahoo, AOL, Gmail, Me, Mac, Hotmail, etc... its B.S (example: venturasag@chekit.commx) was one that a few people told me they got from “me.” Of course it wasn’t from me. I have gotten a number of them over the years from people claiming to be someone I know, including some of you! Usually its something like "you have to check this out and then just a link" Anything from me will likely be well written, have a lot of added information, that sounds like my stuff, comes from yahoo, and my blog column links themselves are through GMail/Google specifically.

The summer is arriving unfortunately (going to start to get too damn hot this month during the day) but the flip side is that so many of Arizona's “snow Birds/winter visitors” are going home. Roads become less crowded, things have a bit more of a relaxed, quieter pace. When I was a waiter and bartender in my twenties and thirties I needed the extra business and income when winter visitors were here. I don’t need that anymore, especially because in my current business of Navigational Consulting more than half of my clients are now by phone consultation. So even when my winter visitors leave they can still have sessions! Keep that in mind for all of my in office visitors who have moved away or for any other reason can’t get here in person. Phone sessions can be just as useful as in-office visits.
Wishing everyone a Happy May. Cheers, Jimmy V

Channeled corner. I read many, many books from different trance channelers in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately many of them are now out of print, but I still have a huge collection and will share some of the best material I have collected over the years.
A projection into the future from Seth piece from Spirit Speaks magazine

“Fear is the opposite of love. Fear is based upon not knowing, upon preparing for the unknown, for what might happen, for that which is not actually present in the moment. Fear is based totally upon future projection, which comes from evaluating the past, not only of your own lives but of other’s, and drawing deductions about what might happen to you in the future. This is what your insurance companies do; they project at what age you are likely to get sick, be disabled, or die, how many of you are likely to do that, and in what way.
Now, read enough statistics and you will necessarily start making yourself believe that this must be the way it is. And, in this way, society, group mind, and industry dictate the nature of your beliefs. Metaphysically, fear is the opposite of love, the opposite of love based upon the absence of knowledge, because you can love and be comfortable with that which you know. It is always the unknown that you fear the most.”

“The spiritual path - is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.” Marianne Williamson
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” Will Rodgers

New Client Special 2018:

January 1st 2018 thru July 31st, 2018 Special: New Client introductory offer
$10-15 off listed rates for your first 45 minute session, 70, or 90 minute session! Ask for the special when you email
Venturasag@yahoo.com to book. Debit and credit card payments get $10 off for 45-90 minute sessions. Local in-office clients can get an extra $5 off for cash or check payments for sessions. If you want to buy a new client a thoughtful gift of a session you can also take advantage of these rates!
My current rates (new clients can subtract the above discounts from these rates): 45 minute sessions $85. 70 minute sessions $110. 90 minute sessions $130. Sessions can be in-office or by phone.

“Everyone remembers according to their own self interests. Understand this and let it go.” Dick Sutphen The Spiritual Path Guidebook
Snake Oil Radio

Thursdays at 3:30 pm (there will be one live broadcast this month)
My next live broadcast of Snake Oil Radio will be Thursday, May 3rd at 3:30 p.m. mountain time. Usually one or two Thursdays each month you can catch a new show. Each 45 minute show will expand on my current column’s subject matter. It will also offer an opportunity for you to call in live (or chat with other listeners in the chat room) with comments and your thoughts about the topic of discussion. If you miss the live show, you can catch any of my previously recorded shows on the web site’s archive. You can also catch Snake Oil Radio on I-tunes (download my pod-casts there).
To hear a live show, all you need to do is be at a computer and tuned into: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Jim-Ventura  You may also access it by going to the site and type “Snake Oil” into the search option. You can also go to the shows that are currently “On air” at that time and find me. The call in number is 646-200-3966 for questions and comments.

“Who you resist you will eventually become. All resistance is fear. If after repeated opportunities, you do not cease to resist a particular race, sexual orientation, those who believe differently, or who have character traits you despise, you will have to reincarnate as one of ‘them’ so you can learn acceptance.” Dick Sutphen

Here’s my contact information to make an appointment for a session, or information on current classes: Email: Venturasag@yahoo.com (best method for contact).
Phone calls: (602) 957-3035 text only: (602) 349-0746 

Information about the different sessions and types of readings and services, past Snake Oil columns, and how to order my books and audio CD’s can be found at my website: Http://JimVentura.com 

“Friend” me on Facebook to get other extra offers and in between column extras! Signing up for my fan page will get you even more extras and first shot at reading specials. Simply click on “like” on the fan page and you will automatically get my weekly updates. 

You also may want to check out my posts on Tumblr.com: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/snake-oil-blog

All sessions/readings for 2018 are: Full (70 minutes) $110.00; Shorter session (45 minutes) $85.00;  Extended session (90 minutes) $130.00 (two people can split an extended session back to back for $65.00 each, although no other discounts will apply).  Email me for information about my Regular Client Program for even bigger discounts on session prices with the added benefit of monthly or quarterly check-ins. 

All Current Snake Oil subscribers get $5.00 off all listed prices for any 45-90 minute sessions (except when using a special discount promotion). Local in office visits receive  another $5 off listed prices for cash or check payments. No added discounts apply when responding to specials though. 

Session Highlight
REALITY CHANGE SESSIONS

These session(s) are all about understanding how our personal realities are formed, and developing the skill to change yours! Almost every area of your life can be changed for the better. This session will show you how to uncover the limiting beliefs that have blocked your progress. The beliefs that block us from experiencing happiness, and success in any area of life are not hidden. Their are many methods for uncovering what is limiting us. Instructions will also be given for new methods and tools to create the present and future you truly want. I often quote famous authors who talk about this subject. Learn in a one on one session with me about how to begin to master some of these techniques. 

You can literally recreate yourself
Change your beliefs - Change your reality
Suggested session length 70-90 minutes.
If you read this far into the newsletter and caught this you can request a Reality Change Session in May 2018 for $20 off my listed rates. No additional discounts will apply at this time. Email me at VenturaSag@yahoo.com and mention this special when requesting my availability calendar.