The first Master Class at the Readers Studio 09 was "The Power of Silence" with Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone. They run the Tarot School of New York and organize the Readers Studio every year. Their book Tarot Tips (2003) is one of the best books I've ever read for practical tips and advice on how to read tarot.
The purpose of the class was to increase our intuitive reading skills. First, one must relax and be open. The best way to do this is to close your eyes, breathe deeply, relax your shoulders and smile. Smiling is crucial because it creates a positive atmosphere. The Amberstones recommend the practice of darshan -- silent communication with another being -- as a way of increasing intuitive skills. Darshan can also be done with things that are wrongly classified as inanimate, Wald said. So we practiced with various items on our tables. I tried darshan with my coffee cup.
The intuitive skills of darshan can ultimately be used to communicate with tarot cards to produce a deeper and richer reading experience.
And, oh yeah -- my coffee cup says "hi!"