I'm currently faced with a large, ugly, emotional situation that I need to take care of. I do not feel confident acting until I gather more information through divination.
However, because I'm so deeply embroiled in this clusterfuck, I feel my emotions and desires will get in the way and cause me to see what I want, instead of what is (I have a history of doing this, and I imagine this problem is pretty common).
I plan on tackling this problem by cleaning myself off (energetically speaking), casting to give myself clarity of thought and an impartial perspective, and meditating immediately before I read. I expect that these efforts will be enough to help me read accurately in this particular situation.
As always, I am curious about what other people might do when faced with the same problem. How do you control your emotions so that you can divine without clouding the issue? Or can strong emotions be a help instead of getting in the way? I wonder if some emotions are more likely to confuse the issue than others.