Upheaval

The Tower - XVII rarely perform readings for myself. I can do it…many psychics can’t. It’s just that I don’t normally feel the need for guidance in my personal life.

But the last couple of weeks have been exceptionally disturbing and unusual for me, so I just decided to do a spontaneous reading on the energies surrounding me…to see what Spirit had to say on it.

Per usual, I was astonished by how sensitive and in-touch the reading was with what is going on both outside of and inside of me right now.

The first two cards I was given were The Tower (pictured to the left here) and immediately following that…Death. Death - XIIIBoth of which reflect the upheaval surrounding me currently and are having a profound influence in my life at present.

Two weeks ago yesterday, on July 13th, my children’s father and my first husband (of 17 years) suddenly and unexpectedly died. He was 53 years old.

His death has created a huge hole in their lives and the lives of our grand children…and has taught me an immense lesson regarding the importance of not leaving words unspoken or feelings unresolved.

The Saturday following his death I received a brief message from my older sister on Facebook saying that my mother had been rushed to the hospital via ambulance because a tumor on her chest was hemorrhaging uncontrollably. The diagnosis is stage 4 cancer and she has, in the last 4 days, begun  chemo therapy treatment.

My reading goes on to display the Two of Swords Swords - II, accurately depicting my current state of internal conflict and indecision regarding my own future. The events that have transpired over the last couple of weeks have made me acutely aware of my own mortality and the importance of juicing life for all it’s worth. And yet, they also make me feel numb and melancholy and I’ve had a hard time really connecting with Spirit…at least where “work” is concerned. There is a blindness about what the future holds…but the message from Spirit here is that I will continue to remain in this conflicted state until and unless I make a firm decision and move forward boldly, with confidence…not looking back with fear or regret.

 

 

 

Next, my reading revealed Strength Strength - VIII, not only indicating that these events in my life are going to require that I dig deep and access the inner strength necessary to get my life back on track…but also confirming that I DO have the strength needed to move through and beyond these circumstances, and on to taking back control of my life. But it will require that I learn to tame my own inner demons in order to find the peace and calm required for my own continued personal growth and development.

 

 

 

 

Spirit then went on to say (in her use of the Queen of Wands) that though I have the strength and power to act with confidence…still, I am blocking emotional connection because of all of the dark energy surrounding me at present. You can see from the Wands - Qemotions in her face that this Queen is not happy. She is on guard and feeling defensive, when it comes to emotional connection. She wants to be self-protective…thinking that if she blocks connection somehow she will be able to protect herself from further hurt and pain. But this is just an illusion…and one that doesn’t even make her happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World - XXI

Next in my reading Spirit shows me, with The World card, that I will have success in overcoming these challenges and that this is the end of a cycle for me. A Life Lesson of great significance, but one which will help move me forward in my Soul Progression and help me achieve success in this lifetime.

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The reading then comforts me by showing me (with the Knight of Wands) that a message of hope and emotional connection and support is coming from a male energy in my life (my sweetheart, Jeff) and that he will help me though this difficult time because (as depicted in the last card; the King of Wands) he is in a better position of emotional power and strength right now and his focus is on his Love and intuitive connection to me.

Wands - KThis reading was very beneficial to me in a time of spiritual and emotional need. It helped rekindle my trust in the message of Spirit…even when I am feeling a great sense of personal loss and grief.

I hope that sharing this reading and experience with you that you will also find hope and light in times of darkness in your own life.

I know that it’s difficult to recover from the loss of loved ones or to help those close to us go through the personal trials of life-altering illness and disease. Sometimes we just want to be angry and resentful. And that’s ok. It’s part of the grieving process. But it can be very beneficial to take time to reflect on those feelings…and to express them. Writing (like I am now) can be very cathartic and healing in times such as these. Even if you don’t share your thoughts with anyone else. The act of writing your feelings out can help to clarify, in your own mind, what you are experiencing and why. And writing those feelings down can help to get them “un-stuck” and out of your mind and body so that you are then better able to heal and move on with life.

Thanks for all of your love and support.

Blessings and Hugs,

Tracy

CARD OF THE DAY: TEN OF SWORDS

Swords - XFor Monday, March 17th, 2014

Suit of Swords:

Swords represent action. They are the impetus to impact and interact with the world around us. Bravery, leadership, and responsibility are symbolized by swords. Whether the passionate force is unleashed for good or ill depends on the governing mind; hence, destruction and danger can also be represented by the suit.

Traditional Meaning – Conflict. Destruction. Loss. Breakdown of relationships. Slander. Hurt. Misfortune. Plans that seemed promising end in failure. Disillusion. Grief. Temporary alliances. Being forsaken. A sacrifice. Withdrawing from the world due to trauma. The apex and end of a matter. Does not represent violent death.

Reversed – Short-term gains. Fallacy. Merger gain. Overconfidence. Poor research. Brief respite. Mirage. Gullibility.

Study this card carefully and think about how it applies to your life today. Who does the person in the card represent in your life? Is this YOU? Or is it someone else close to you? What kind of emotion is represented and how does that make you feel? What colors stand out, for you, and what significance might they hold? What about the background and environment speaks to you? What kind of action is going on and how might this action apply to you and your current situation?

For additional insight and clarity CONTACT ME or SCHEDULE A PERSONAL READING.

CARD OF THE DAY: KNIGHT OF PENTACLES

Pentacles - KnFOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2014

Traditional Meaning: Hardworking young man with a traditional, orthodox outlook. Utility. An honest, responsible person. Solid progress. Methodical approach to large goals. Financial consultant. Commitment, perseverance, and stamina. A dependable man, if considered a little dull.

Reversed: Unemployment and discouragement. Stagnation. A shallow, material person. One who can only judge success in terms of money and cannot comprehend accomplishment on its own merit. A bore. Spoiled offspring. Laziness.

Study this card carefully and think about how it applies to your life today. Who does the person in the card represent in your life? Is this YOU? Or is it someone else close to you? What kind of emotion i…s represented and how does that make you feel? What colors stand out, for you, and what significance might they hold? What about the background and environment speaks to you? What kind of action is going on and how might this action apply to you and your current situation?

For additional insight and clarity CONTACT ME or SCHEDULE A PERSONAL READING.

September 2013 Newsletter – How Does Spirituality Impact Your Daily Life?

Tracy - January 2014 As a professional psychic medium it is my job to work with people, on a daily basis, who are unsatisfied with some aspect of their life; relationships, finances, and health issues being the top three areas of concern.

This unusual career path has given me the unique opportunity to look into other’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions to gain an intimate view of their fears, vulnerabilities, and problems. It is my job to consult Spirit, on their behalf, to offer insight and guidance that will hopefully enable and empower each seeker to find meaning and direction along their own, individual path.

Another aspect of my work, however, is acting as a teacher…helping my clients understand that we each have psychic ability, to one degree or another, and assisting them in the discovery process of learning how to access this ability and apply it to bless and enrich their own lives.

In that spirit, I offer this month’s Psychic Blessing newsletter. I hope it will give you something of substance to think about and consider implementing to enrich your daily life.

sitting_togetherHow Does Spirituality Impact Your Love Life on a Daily Basis?

I am frequently baffled by the number of people who come to me wanting to know if I can cast a spell that will compel another person to change their attitude or behavior so that they (themselves) will then be happy. Many times clients want to know if I can perform a “Love Spell” on the other person to make them fall in love with them. My answer is always the same…

The only person you can truly change is YOU. Yes, spells can be very powerful. Just like prayers can be powerful. In fact, the two are very closely related. But here is the key…the person the spell is cast upon must know about it and BELIEVE in it in order for it to have an effect in their life. Just as all the Masters of every great world religion has alway said when performing miracles “BY YOUR FAITH”…are you healed, the blind made to see, the lame made to walk, etc.

Allow me to illustrate – Let’s say when you were a teenager someone older than you and whom you viewed to be in a position of authority came to you, looked you in the eye, and said “You are stupid! You are good for nothing and you will never accomplish anything in your life!” That person just cast a spell on you. They planted a seed in your mind. But whether it takes root and grows…has an influence on your future…or not, is completely dependent upon whether or not you choose to NURTURE that seed. Give it POWER in your life. So, yes, spells can be very powerful…but only on the person it is cast upon IF they a.) Know about it, and b.) Give it power to have influence in their own life. We can never COMPEL someone else to do anything they do not want or at least agree to do. Free will is an eternal law.

But what we CAN do is learn about a particular person’s wants, desires, interests…and then BECOME a person who would be more attractive to them. Listen to them, learn compassion, emotionally connect with them and genuinely care about who they are. This DOESN’T mean we should try to be someone other than who we truly are in order to “trick” another person into falling in love with us. What it does mean is that we can become more sensitive to them, as a person.

But the most powerful way Spirituality can have an impact on your love life is by helping you connect with your true Soul Mate. Most people just “fall into” a relationship…with someone who was never meant to be life-long partner. But many times our ego and pride, and more often than not, our HORMONES, get in the way… and we want to force something that really wasn’t intended. I will discuss this topic in more detail in an upcoming newsletter…

Until then, if you’d like personalized guidance from Spirit, feel free to EMAIL ME

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MoneyHow Does Spirituality Impact Your Finances and Career on a Daily Basis?

I love to engage people when I’m out and about! I’m a very social person, so when I’m at the grocery store or talking to an employee at a business I’m frequenting, one of my favorite topics of discussion is how the person I’m talking to enjoys their job. More often than not the response I get is that they can’t stand their work. They can hardly wait until they get off…thank goodness it’s Friday, etc. I find it curious how many people feel stuck in a job or occupation that, if they are lucky, they find tolerable, but more likely, they really can’t stand doing. If I press for more information people are almost always ready and more than willing to share all the details of why they detest their job; their boss is a jerk, they feel taken advantage of, they have been passed up for promotion, they aren’t getting paid what they are worth, etc., etc., etc.

I can relate because I, too, have held positions in the past as an employee, punching a time clock, and bemoaning my existence “just to pay the bills.” Fortunately, it has been a long time now since either my husband or I have held a job working for someone else. Jeff and I have been self-employed for many years now and neither of us can imagine working a regular, 9-5 JOB any longer. Given that, I know first hand the difference between having the freedom to stay up as late as I like, get up whenever my body is naturally ready to wake, going to the movies in the middle of the afternoon…in the middle of the week and having the theater to ourselves, taking time off whenever I desire, determining my own value and charging what I am worth…versus forcing myself to go to bed at 9:30pm so that I can wake up to that annoying beeping of the alarm clock at 4:30 in the morning, living for the weekend and having to endure the masses of humanity at the events and venues we go to, scheduling time off, in advance, or skipping exciting opportunities if the vacation time is denied, accepting a per-hour rate of pay that is far below what I am worth and holding out for a pay-raise of a few cents or at most, a few dollars once a year…etc. The difference is night and day!

We’ve all heard the saying “Do what you love and the money will come.” And there really is truth to that expression. However, most people feel so trapped in the 9-5 rat-race that they become immobilized. They are so exhausted from doing all that they can just to survive that they don’t have the mental or physical energy to break out and do what they really love. And all of this has a direct impact on your spiritual life.

However, the key piece of that puzzle that most people are missing is that Spirit can help to define and clarify the path OUT of this trap! Making the time to simply consult Spirit on a daily basis…to get in touch with what you are superbly qualified to do…finding your true passion and “calling”…will change your whole experience and outlook on life!

And you CAN do it! But you must have the desire, first. And more than desire…you must have the BELIEF that it is possible to find your true calling in life.

And when you do that, your JOB will become your passion…and then your passion will lead you to the wealth and abundance you yearn for.

If you’d like personalized guidance from Spirit regarding your own Life Calling and finding your passion, feel free to EMAIL ME or Order Services Here

PrayerHow Does Spirituality Impact Your Health on a Daily Basis?

Most people think about the ways spirituality has an effect on their personal relationships, and some even make the leap to embrace the ways that our mindset and attitude/spiritual outlook can change our reality when it comes to money, profession, and what we manifest in the material world. However, few have given serious consideration to the ways that spirituality can have a direct impact on our physical health and well-being.

Granted, numerous people will come to me and ask if I will add them or their loved one to my prayer list to send positive energy when there is a serious illness…cancer, heart disease, surgeries, etc…in the hope that this positive energy will protect them from harm and even assist in the healing process.

Not nearly as many, though, think about pursuing the much wiser course of considering how spirituality can help PREVENT illness and disease before it sets in and takes hold of us.

The body truly is the “temple” of the soul. But rather than deify it, as some religions do, suggesting that it is evil or sinful to put anything into the body or do anything to it that would somehow corrupt it, making it an unfit house for the “sacred” soul aspect of our being, I prefer to think of the body simply as our vehicle in this lifetime. It is what enables us, as spirit-based beings, to travel…to come and go and have our experiences. The condition of the vehicle has a direct impact on the quality of our life experience. And so, in order to facilitate a Top Notch “ride”, it just makes good sense to take care of this vehicle, since it is the only one we have in a given lifetime. What that means is that, similar to the way you would take care of your automobile, you want to make sure you not only schedule regular maintenance and tune ups…but you also want to take the extra steps to properly fuel your vehicle so that you can increase your own longevity and prevent blockages, “rust buildup”, leaks, cracks in the fuel lines, overheating the radiator, dings in the windshield, etc. I think you get my analogy ;) So, from a spiritual perspective, this means taking time, each day, to carefully consider the care and maintenance of your body. Not only should you think about physical activity and exercise, but you should also give serious thought to what kind of mental stimulation you allow in (and out), as well as the quality of fuel you consume. When we take the time to make this a spiritual exercise, we bring in an element of awareness that is not present in the mundane world. There has been considerable research done to show the correlation between the beliefs you hold and how they have a direct relation to your physical health. Likewise, the kind of food you consume (think eating “clean” without any processed sugars, grains, or animal products) has a direct effect on your health, which then has a significant effect on how you are feeling, mentally, emotionally, and physically. And there is a very distinct correlation between how you are feeling in your body and your ability to tune into Spirit and receive the guidance and direction you need to move and act, in confidence, in your daily life.

Our access to “Higher Self” is definitely related to our state of mind…which is related to our physical well being…which is related to how we care for our body, mind, and soul. It’s a circular relationship. So, the more in tune we are with what we need to do to keep these other aspects of our being in shape, the more in tune we will be with Spirit…and vice versa.

On the flip side…taking the time to learn more about how to access Spirit, and seeking guidance on a regular basis, will help guide you to the best methods, practices, and nourishment needed in order to facilitate the overall health and wellness of the entire being. If you don’t already have a particular “practice” (prayer, meditation, self-hypnosis, consulting tarot cards, runes, i ching, a pendulum, carrying crystals, etc.) then you may want to give some serious thought and consideration to a new ritual that would work for you. Each person is different, so the tools and methods you adopt will need to be a good fit for you. I will discuss this in more detail in another newsletter…

Until then, if you’d like personalized guidance from Spirit, feel free to EMAIL ME or Order Services Here

BRAND NEW! SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE UNLIMITED ONE-CARD EMAIL READINGS!

Tracy - January 2014Ok, call me crazy…but today I felt inspired to offer something I have NEVER even considered offering before!

I was thinking about all of my loving clients and wondering how I can better serve your needs. I realized that many, many, if not MOST of your daily concerns can be answered by a simple Yes or No response from Spirit…or if not just a Yes or No answer, a short, One-Card Reading would meet the majority of your needs…from day to day.

True, there are obviously those times and questions that require a much more in-depth look at a complicated situation…and for those circumstances, OF COURSE I’M ALWAYS AVAILABLE FOR YOU! But during these difficult economic times, when I know so many of you are hurting, financially, I realize that $25.00 per email reading is just more than a lot of people can afford, more than a couple of times a month. But YOUR NEED isn’t any less! You would like to receive guidance, wisdom, and insight from Spirit on a daily basis! But how can you afford THAT?!?

Well, I think I’ve come up with the answer!

UNLIMITED ONE-CARD EMAIL READINGS!

Now, you might be wondering how I could ever keep up with the onslaught of requests I would certainly get from such an offer, right? Well, here’s the gist of it…because, frankly, I was wondering the same thing myself! But one-card readings are not as time consuming and emotionally draining for me as a full reading is! One card readings allow me to quickly connect with your energy, connect with Spirit, and give you a short, to-the-point response! And then I’m done! You have your insight…and I am able to keep up with the demand.

I think it’s a WIN-WIN for everyone concerned!

Sooo…what am I charging for this unbelievable offer of UNLIMITED ONE-CARD EMAIL READINGS?!?

Just $49.99 per month!

I know!!! CRAZY, hu???

If you only get two readings a month you’re already paying LESS than you would for TWO of my regular, full-length email readings!!! And you can get AS MANY AS YOU WANT for that price! Of course, I’m trusting that people will consider their questions and only ask those questions that they are truly feeling the need for insight from Spirit about…but THAT’S UP TO YOU! You get to choose what questions you want to ask and with what frequency!

In order to take advantage of this SPECIAL, LIMITED TIME OFFER  you MUST subscribe to this service on a MONTHLY, RECURRING BASIS. I honestly do not know how many people I will be able to accommodate with this offer…but I’m sure I will have to draw the line somewhere and close the offer once I am at my limit of clients I can reasonably service.

Seriously…I’m not even sure I can keep up with the demand, lol! But I want to show you how much value this service is going to offer you, so much so, that I am willing to work night and day to do these ONE CARD EMAIL READINGS for you for such an unbelievably low price! Please note that your monthly subscription will begin automatically and you will be billed every month thereafter. And of course, you can unsubscribe at anytime, if you decide you no longer wish my services or feel for some reason that my readings are not of value to you.

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CARD OF THE DAY: THREE OF SWORDS

Swords - III

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti – www.ciromarchetti.com

Meaning: This card depicts a large heart set against a dark and stormy sky. It is pierced by three swords. Clearly this is about a broken heart very dramatically and tragically expressed. Look at the image carefully. The sun, representing the self, is centered on the heart. The ego is identifying completely with the emotional distress being depicted, making it appear bigger than it should be.

You have experienced a heartbreak. However, you are not seeing the effects of this heartbreak clearly. Although it is difficult to end a relationship, it does not mean the end of your life…which is possibly how you are feeling.

In my readings Spirit frequently shows me this card to signify that there is a sense of betrayal based on communication issues where at least three persons are involved. Many times this energy suggests infidelity or cheating in a relationship, whether physical, emotional, or a combination of both. Though this card is not exclusively about romantic relationships. This energy can also apply to business, family, or other relationships.

If this card is having an influence in your life today, try to get centered and balanced so that you can calmly reflect on the source of this situation and the means to heal or resolve it.

CARD OF THE DAY: THE LOVERS

The Lovers - VI

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti – www.ciromarchetti.com

Meaning: The message of the Lovers tells us to make good and balanced choices. In fact, the original meaning of this card in the earliest Tarot decks was called the Choice and showed a man choosing between two women. Consider all the facets before committing to any decision. Choose well and build a foundation that can help you achieve your best dreams.

In my readings, Spirit frequently shows me this card to suggest that there is a strong physical attraction or passionate sexual energy involved in the situation…but not necessarily indicating a sense of long-term committed relationship, marriage, or soul mate connection. It doesn’t preclude those possibilities…but would depend on the remainder of the cards in the reading and how the overall message comes together.

Beware of letting one element of a choice overshadow all else. A relationship based primarily on a physical attraction, a career with only an intellectual appeal, or a home opportunity with decadent amenities may not be the best choice in the long run.

CARD OF THE DAY: NINE OF SWORDS

Swords - IX

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti – www.ciromarchetti.com

Meaning: This card depicts a woman sitting in bed who appears to have been awakened abruptly by a bad dream. The nine swords hovering above her head indicate that this woman is clearly troubled by some significant problems…so much so that they are disturbing her sleep. The owl, symbol of wisdom, is standing by ready to offer his insight and assistance. But for now, she seems to feel alone and closed off. In a self-protective state. In this time of trial and great sadness she would do well to reach out to others for the comfort and wisdom she needs.

If this card has influence in your life today it signifies that you are agonizing over something and for whatever reason, you seem to be suffering through it alone, even though help is nearby. This is a good time to reach out and allow someone else to help, guide, and comfort you.

Beware of isolation. You may feel completely cut off from others or it may be pride that is stopping you from reaching out. Know that you are not truly alone and that your pride could cost you more than you know.

THE POWER OF PRAYER OR SENDING POSITIVE ENERGY

PrayerI was thinking about prayer, or the act of sending positive energy, this morning. Because of my upbringing in a very religious environment, and my own subsequent quest for Truth, I found that for several years I had a very hard time using the term “prayer”. It felt too distinctly “organized religion” based to me. Instead I chose to say “I’m sending positive energy” or Light and Love for Healing. Something along those lines.

However, while in the process of performing my work as a professional spiritual counselor I’ve discovered that many, many people, world wide, regardless of their belief system, still subscribe to the concept or notion of prayer.

While doing some online study on the subject I found this morsel of wisdom by Willis Partington, CSW, MDiv, MSSW in an unlikely location: www.lungcancer.org

“Prayer can be a wonderful way to be helpful to others. It is not even necessary to believe in God or a Higher Power to pray. Buddhists, for instance, do not believe in God according to the Western understanding of a divine being, but they pray nevertheless. You can think of prayer in its simplest form as sending out positive energy into the universe. Where this energy goes or what it does is more a matter of mystery than of science and is a topic of much debate. However, prayer considered as a form of complementary therapy certainly does not hurt and may be beneficial.

Praying for someone can be a way to help at times when it may appear that there is little you can do. You can pray for the person with cancer, for those who are caregivers, and even for the doctors who are providing the treatment. Prayer can be very powerful on many levels — emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual — both for the person who is praying and the person for whom the prayers are offered.”

I have always “prayed”…whether involved with a particular religion or as a sole spiritual practitioner. My style or form of prayer has changed and evolved over the years. What used to be a very formal and sometimes “by rote” practice has transformed into a much more casual, comfortable, and relaxed experience. I find that these days I’m in a state of constant prayer. Ever giving thanks for even the little things in my daily experience which I view to be a blessing. Frequently I find myself saying a spontaneous “Thanks!” out loud. Other times it is a quiet, inner sense of awe and gratitude. And sometimes I light a candle and spend time performing a private ritual for contemplation, sending well-wishes to those I care about and am thinking of. Much less often now, do I find myself “pleading” to a higher power for one particular thing or outcome, as I would in the past. Thinking back on what prayer used to be for me, I realize it was primarily a Wish List of things I wanted to happen or attract into my life. Or, many times, a plea that a certain ailment or event would NOT happen to me or my loved ones.

The above quote from Willis Partington made me reflect on how my own spiritual practice has changed over the years. I hadn’t really stopped to think about how much more comfortable I am with prayer now than I used to be. Nor had I given much thought to the ironic fact that I am much, much happier these days. Feeling much more empowered and self-sufficient. Not needing to plead with a higher power to “save” me so much as being in a constant state of gratitude. It’s interesting to observe.

Whatever your practice, be it formally getting down on your knees, counting beads, lighting candles, chanting a certain mantra, meditation, spending time in nature, or a momentary inner act of thanks-giving. Prayer and sending or focusing on positive energy for yourself or someone else’s benefit seems to do nothing but good. And in this beautiful, but sometimes traumatic, world of ours, there is still considerable need for the increase of goodness and Love.

Till Next Time.

Blessings and Hugs,

Tracy

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WANTS AND NEEDS

Tracy

Tracy Partridge-Johnson

If you are reading this post you are likely someone who already knows about the Blessing Scroll I have recently added to my website. A place where people may publish requests for prayer or blessing, for themselves or another person they know of who has a need for love, light, and positive energy to be sent their way.

In response to a post about this service on my Facebook page someone mentioned that we should pray for people’s needs. Not their wants. And this got me thinking. In fact, I find it interesting that I just had a discussion about this subject with my 29 year old son two days ago. It’s actually a very interesting topic to probe and pursue.

So, what really is the difference between a want and a need? I think most people would agree that a want is somthing that we would simply like to have, but which is not necessary for survival. A need, then, would usually be defined as something required to sustain life. However, when I go to dictionary.com in search of a qualified definition, here is what I find:


want/wɒnt, wɔnt/ Show Spelled [wont, wawnt]

verb (used with object)

1.to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one’s dinner; always wanting something new.
2.to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire (often followed by an infinitive): I want to see you. She wants to be notified.
3.to be without or be deficient in: to want judgment; to want knowledge.
4.to fall short by (a specified amount): The sum collected wants but a few dollars of the desired amount.
5.to require or need: The house wants painting.

need /nid/ Show Spelled [need]

noun

1.a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
2.a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary: to fulfill the needs of the assignment.
3.urgent want, as of something requisite: He has no need of your charity.
4.necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case: There is no need to worry.
5.a situation or time of difficulty; exigency: to help a friend in need; to be a friend in need.

As we can see, then, the two are almost interchangeable. So, it seems necessary to explore a little deeper, because I have observed that there is a perception in society that has to do with our core belief about “goodness” or “righteousness” or even being “worthy” when it comes to these two little words. Somehow we embrace the idea that NEEDS are valid, because we could not get along without them. But WANTS are relegated to a lesser position, because they have to do with things that don’t appear to be required for survival.

But let’s take it one step further. Why do we need to survive? This is an interesting question, isn’t it? We really don’t NEED to survive. But we certainly WANT to survive! We need to survive in order to continue to have experiences. To accumulate knowledge and understanding. To have interactions. But do we really NEED any of this? Or does it come down to a matter of WANTING?

I have found that when someone says they need to do a certain thing or be a certain way , and they are probed on the WHY behind their perceived need, most people become defensive. Because they themselves don’t even know why they feel that need. Mostly, though, if we press the issue, it usually comes down to a want more than a need. They WANT approval from a certain person or organization (spouse, child, mother, father, sibling, pastor, “God”, congregation, community, government official, etc.) But in reality, this approval isn’t a matter of NEED at all. It’s more a matter of WANT or DESIRE.

Survival is a different issue. Certainly, if we WANT to survive, then we do have particular NEEDS. The body requires specific nutrients and protections in order to maintain health and wellness. We need food, water, shelter and clothing to protect us from the elements. And it has been scientifically proven that humans (and probably other mammals) need love and emotional connection with other living beings in order to survive.  Many of these needs can only be met when we are actively involved as a member of a community. Isolation makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to acquire these things and sustain life. And even if it were possible to acquire all of these things on our own, the quality of our existence would be severely diminished without meaningful interaction with others. Because of this, we feel the need to build and sustain relationships. And those relationships come with responsibilities, obligations, and expectations.

This is where (I believe) we tend to differientiate between something being a NEED versus a WANT.

So then, the question seems to come down to, WHY. Why do we need to survive at all? Because we WANT to. We have a very strong inner program that compells us to yearn for more. MORE, MORE, MORE! We want to continue having our experiences. To record and replay in our minds a wide variety of sights, smells, tastes, thoughts, feelings, emotions, energies, and experiences. The vast majority of humans seem to WANT to believe that we continue on after this one lifetime. And if we continue on, whether in body, mind, soul, or spirit…then we simply must have the ability to retain and recall experiences. And in order to fulfill that requirement, we NEED to have a body.

And so the cycle goes. Round and round in circles ;)

It is my contention, then, that there really is very little differentiation between a WANT and a NEED. That there is nothing making one more inherently more virtuous than the other. It is a matter of perception.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this!

Until next time…

Blessings and Hugs,

Tracy