All humans need touch. It's part of our basic needs and without it, you go a little bit crazy. What if that need for touch gets you in trouble, though?
Life over the phonelines
Even in this time of internet connectedness, people sometimes still want to hear a human voice who takes the time to listen to them. One of our editors works as a freelancer at several spiritual advice phonelines, where she uses her training as a Meta-Intuitive to make sense of people's everyday life. Here are some of the stories (redacted), and some of the answers.
It may not be fun to hear, and sometimes you just want to rant about how unfair it is, but let's face it. It's your life. If anything's going to change, it'll be because you change it. Sounds simple enough, but apparently it was a very hard pill to swallow for two of the people on my phoneline this week.
Sometimes, you receive that one call that puts your faith in people right back on the map. Here's the story of a relationship-wrecker who had a sudden realisation. And a bonus story.
Lots of people will tell you to set goals, to have dreams. It always sounds like a nice thing to do, some day. This story shows how it's not just nice, but essential to having a good relationship.
A very short phonecall with a very big implication. Imagine, you're healthy, you've a partner, you've a job, you're trying to earn more money to go on bigger vacations and then one day you're 40some and you realise you have no idea who you are. Now what?
Something you should really expect when you're working for an advice line, is to get callers who want to know if their partner is cheating on them. Happens almost every day. Often I say, yes.
Let me tell you today about a mom who is trying to discover who she is - while living with a teenage son who has a pretty clear idea of who she is, and isn't happy with it. Somewhere under their struggle I found an unexpected but beautiful harmony.