We are often asked by new readers, "How do I know if I am doing the Readings correctly?"
First of all, the Labyrinth Readers. Society has courses available -- which may be taken as a group or solo. Contact us and we.ll be happy to give you more information. So, if you are looking for deeper training in the process of performing a Reading, it is most definitely available.
However, if you are looking for a yardstick to gauge your Readings, consider the following points. They can be used as milestones to gauge your reading effectiveness.
Do you actually care that the other being hears you?
Drawing on analogies: Is it as if you are delivering instructions on a bad cell phone connection, or over a shortwave radio, or that you are at a place where you will only have a short time to deliver a vital instruction in the midst of noise and distraction, i.e., a ticket booth at a train station, or the like?
Do you read with intention?
Intention in this context could be considered a kind of force. Are you pushing the Reading through the ethers, toward the voyager or are you just letting the words fall from your lips. Reading with intention is taking the emotional connection that you have with the voyager and strengthening it. Emotion may get your Reading started, but it is voluntary intention which will strengthen it.
Do you enunciate each word?
Each word is a universe. Deliver each word with the understanding that each word is an important contribution to the overall Reading. Delivering "most" of the words is not enough. All of the words individually and collectively are important.
Are you reading at an even, measured pace?
Caring enough to do the reading without hurrying or slurring the words together is a good start. And being considerate enough to deliver the Reading without.........long.........drawn ...............out................bizarre..........pauses......is good, too.
Do you sit quietly without fidgeting?
There are many aspects of fidgeting that make it a negative in the reading space. It is an energy drain. It is a distraction. It is an indication of a lack of attentiveness and focus. We could go on, but you get the idea.
Is your facial mask relaxed?
Maintaining a relaxed facial mask throughout the Reading is an important tool to keep you on track with the Reading. We have exercises in our Readers. course that can help you learn this skill.
Can you deliberately carve out a time slot so that you do the Readings without hurrying?
It is important to free yourself from the normal demands of the day so that you may deliver the Reading without hurrying to get to the next task. Free yourself from the concerns of the day.
Do you have a sense of connection with the voyager?
This is not calling for evidence admissible in a court of law. Simply, do you feel a connection with the individual you are reading for? There are other indicators, but these should be sufficient for the moment. If you take the full course, you will be trained in the full set of reading parameters. Not to worry though. The ones above are quite sufficient for doing most excellent readings. In fact, when you get right down to it, nothing is required other than a wish and willingness to do a Reading. If you feel inclined to read for a loved one, that is enough.
When someone is floundering in the water, any life preserver is a good life preserver. It does not matter if it happens to be old, ratty, stained, ripped, or torn. If it floats, that is enough. The same with a Reading. As long as the words are there and a wish that they be used for the benefit of the voyager, that is enough.
As a final note, some people measure the success of a Reading in terms of the phenomena that happen during the Reading. These might be sights, sounds, feelings, sudden insights, or realizations. These are just phenomena. Whether the room opens onto vast fields of illumination, or you hear celestial choirs does not matter. All phenomena is illusion. Let the phenomena pass by you the way a bamboo lets the wind pass by. Concentrate on the simple things like enunciation, focus of attention, and relaxation of your facial mask, and reading each word without skipping. Keep it simple.