James Wanless Ph.D.

Life Navigator & Mentor

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Mindfulness is the rage. And with good reason because it’s a way of acute self-awareness without judgement. This equanimous and objective self-attention gives you mental and emotional balance, and thus better decision-making and more emotional intelligence – all of which makes you more skillful in relationships and in navigating your life amidst change, uncertainty, and stress.

In fact, mindfulness is an imperative 21st century quality. However, I first experienced mindfulness in Buddhist Vipassana meditation courses in the early 1970’s in India. I knew this technique was integral to my path of personal and professional transformation, but little did I know then how critical mindfulness is now for the pressure cooker life we now lead.

I kept up my meditation practice, but unknowingly stumbled upon an amazing mindfulness tool and practice called “Voyager.” Voyager is a visually rich, multi-cultural, archetypal symbolic set of cards originally created by myself and artist, Ken Knutson, in 1985 as a tarot deck. Since then, Voyager has evolved into a mindfulness medium as well as growth practice, wholistic psychology and contemporary road map of life. Picking the Cards, we see ourselves through their symbolic mirroring and our intuition is catalyzed to give us insight and direction.

We become mindful of the extraordinary magnitude of our being through the archetypes as well as our everyday mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states. We gain an objective mindful like view of ourselves as we see by the Cards that lie before us. Because of our curiosity and the surprise and synchronicity of our cards, we are pulled to use them, and often as well as because it’s fun!

Voyager is mindfulness with a kick, however, because a practitioner over time internalizes this psychological map. Not only do you become vastly more aware of your personal and transpersonal depth and breadth, but you become the Cards. It’s this mindfulness practice that transforms a person into a more whole and healthy person.

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Mindful Voyager: The Success Psychology and Roadmap for Navigating our 21st Century World
$10.95 & $5 Shipping (to the US Only) By James Wanless Ph.D. (Author of Voyager, Way of the Great Oracle, Strategic Intuition for the 21st Century) MINDFUL VOYAGER is a handbook for how to mindfully pick cards, mindfully “read” the cards, learn a variety of ways of applying them, and how to use them as a daily mindfulness practice. Not only does this easy-to-read book give you a mindfulness approach to tarot, it provides detailed instruction for how to intelligently use them to know yourself and ultimately become the Voyager the “whole you.”
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We don’t go anywhere these days without a GPS.  We’ve even mapped the moon, the ocean bottom, Mars, but what about ourselves?  In these fast-changing times, we need a human roadmap more than ever so that we know our center, who we are, where we are in consciousness, how and when to tap which inner resources, how to manage blocks and detours, where to go within ourselves to achieve our goals, and what are your life-destinations, anyway? Otherwise, we are lost in choices, distractions, influences, overload, compressed time.  What does our inner compass say, but what compass?

In the old days without much change and complexity, following the roadmap of how to live  according to one’s parents, family and tradition was simple.  And the ancients had astrology, the I Ching, palm readers, oracles, and the like; however, these maps and mediums are too antiquated for our new world of daunting complexity, speed, ambiguity, diversity and constant change.

Some old roadmaps still work today because they present universal, primordial, cross-cultural truths that are a priori to human existence. Personality archetypes found in the myths of yesteryear are still applicable. Mythic stories can still guide us. The story that I have chosen as my life guide is found within the esoteric hermetic tradition of the Fool on the quest to wholeness, represented by Fortune. We all still desire this state of well-being and in fact, we “want it all” (to be sustainably healthy, wealthy, happy, holy, free, at peace, in loving relationships, and more). And we are still Fools, like what do we know anyway? We simply trust the life force and put one foot in front of the other, trusting that we are making progress and attaining our visions and dreams. [click to continue…]

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WHY CARDS? See the Voyager Signature Reading: The Whole Self Mandala

I made the multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-use VOYAGER TAROT to create a 21st century “map of life,” a true “gps of the soul” for navigating our changing world and for creating our own fortunes.

I use the Cards “face-up” to give me inspiration and counsel for successfully completing my endeavors, and I pick cards “face-down” to break me free of my habitual assumptions and projections. It’s a wondrous whole-brain tool for new insight and innovative thinking.  I call this process “fortune creation,” an evolution far beyond fortune-telling prediction fiction.

Voyager Cards are all nuggets of information that are holistically organized in an archetypal way that nudges the psyche in a deep, positive and grounded way. The surprise, the synchronicity, and the visual symbols collaged into a dreamlike landscape pique our curious intuition, which is the x-factor for evoking brilliance.

The most amazing corporate event I’ve ever had with the Cards was an afternoon with Oracle, Inc. Their accountants went creatively bonkers loving the play of possibilities as a team-building exercise by interacting intuitively and mythically as they chose Cards for the “Hero’s Journey” process I gave them.

The “Whole Self Mandala” in my short video presentation is a way of reading the cards to determine the state of our wholeness, healthiness and synergy of mind, heart, body and spirit; and to reflect upon the condition of our finances, work, home and love life.

This ten-card layout is a perfect mandala for assessing and manifesting our visions and dreams for this coming year, which in 2016 is the “Year of Harvest.”

In the short video, I actually picked a couple of cards facedown from the Mandala layout and they were Nine of Crystals “Narrowness” and the Ten Card “Fortune.  Both of these Cards are “perfect” because my message in this number nine “Year of Harvest” is stay focused and go the whole nine years (Narrowness) and take the entrepreneurial risk of breaking out and taking a chance (Fortune). “Why We do Cards ” is because we learn to trust the mystery of synchronicity and embrace uncertainty and the wisdom of letting go of control.  In this world today of continuous change, those are the right and necessary qualities to have.



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Workshop: Discover the Renewable You!


Nature’s Wisdom for Self-Sustainability

Learn the basic principles of perpetual self-renewal, of how to re-energize and sustain for a long, successful and well life – the Holy Grail today – through the eternal and universal principles of Mother Nature’s “green wisdom” by using the Sustain Yourself Card Deck.

Grow yourself to evolve and stay relevant in life by experiencing how to use the 101 Sustain Yourself Cards.  You will know how to use these nature Cards as your Coach to develop and grow yourself into your apotheosis – the highest expression of yourself.

You will experience the natural process of manifesting your goals and aspirations through the “Fortune Tree” Reading in which you will see by the organic unfoldment process of a tree, how to plant your seed intentions and reach full fruition of your life purpose.

It’s your unique opportunity to connect with your own nature and with the insight and inspiration of James Wanless, Greening Man, creator of the Sustain Yourself Cards; author of Sustainable Life: The Success & Adventures with Greening Man: My Mythic Mentor for Ever-Renewing Life.

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COMPLETE IT! (And Feel Complete) 2016 “Year of Harvest”

Everything is information and energy. I pay attention to what I see, hear and read that moves me. When I realized that 2016 is the Year of Harvest, I was motivated and galvanized.  It’s  harvest time because 2016 adds up to 9, which is a perfect, whole number that is the end of all single digit numbers, hence a number of completion.  Just because of that, however, does not automatically mean that this is the year for realizing goals with some kind of payoff.  Prophecies are fulfilled by ourselves, not by some number. But the meaning of this number nine year felt right to me.  It is my time to harvest all the work I have put into working on myself and in my profession.

Number nine, however, has a deeper meaning for all of us.  It’s important to take note that as a culture, we have a tendency to not finish and not fulfill.  In our time of speeding and expanding media and consumer barrage, we get easily distracted by another new and different shiny object, or an alert on my phone, or because things take too long, or I lose belief, or, or… We have so many excuses for not completing what we start.  And it’s not healthy psychologically.  We are born of nature and everything in nature strives to complete its business except we humans because our world of artifice and technology has disconnected us from the natural cycle of starting, maintaining, and finishing. Losing our own nature leads to all kinds of pathologies. Think of this time as an opportunity to reconnect with your true self and be healed by getting it done.

Go the “whole nine yards” and you will feel more whole. It’s not about trying to be perfect. It’s about completing things to be a more complete person. Whether your castle is only made of sand makes no difference. Just finish what you started, and feel good about yourself and life.  The sense of completion is a very real sense.  Respect it, relish it and be healed.      sand

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