After this election I feel HUMBLED. Truly. Part of being a spiritual person is to acknowledge that larger forces are at work. Many things are of my control even though my tiny little ego wants to throw itself on the floor, fists shaking, and have a tantrum. My job is to remain positive and hopeful that good will come. Blessings to all.
Being present is a staple of Buddhism. It’s a concept you come across in all the reading and a lot of lectures and workshops. You know it’s true because you’ve experienced the beauty of being in the present–that clarity and calm and the power. Yes the power! Maybe you were in meditation or watching a sunset. But how the heck do you bring that awareness into your daily life? For me it takes guts. It takes the humility and honesty to put away my anxieties about my life and and accept who I am and what’s happening. And then I can open up to what’s really going on–something a lot bigger than me. Please share how you stay present. I think you can help yourself and others.
Recently, I’ve been reaching some of my goals like reducing my anxiety and going to the gym regularly. A lot of my success has been do to a change in attitude and a new way of looking at myself and my life. I believe that Tarot has a lot to teach us about ourselves and can help us reach our goals. If you’d like a free reading, just leave your goal-related question in the comments section after this post.
I’ll admit it, I have trust issues. And the Queen of Swords has them too. She’s been coming up in my readings a lot because I’ve moved and the whole process of moving or doing anything that big requires trust. So it’s time for me to look at TRUST.
The Queen of Swords seems to anticipate problems, her watchful eye is looking to cut away the source of them. Sometimes that is exactly what the situation calls for, but I don’t want to walk through life with my sword ready.
For me it’s two issues, trusting other people and trusting Life. Trusting others is a little tricky because they are not always trustworthy, but on average more of them are than not. And usually things can be worked out with a little effort and communication.
When I dug a little deeper, I realized that my trust problem really stems from something larger–not really trusting in life. For example: when people don’t follow through or do as they say or disappoint in some way, I sometimes blow that up into–the whole project will fail.
This catastrophizing is taking away from my pleasure. I want to relax and trust in Life. I’m glad that the Queen of Swords has been showing up, reminding me that the sword is always at my disposal; but I can leave it in its sheath, and only take it out when I really need it. Just acknowledging this issue, has lessened my fear and made my heart lighter.
Dealing with ambiguity is difficult for us humans. We want to know where life is headed. Will this relationship work out? Will I get the job? When I do Tarot readings, often people want the cards to answer these questions. The cards can be used for divination. But I prefer to use them as a tool for spiritual growth. The cards are a system of wisdom that has been handed down through centuries. They often have messages more important than the mundane matters of our lives, no matter how important those matters seem to us at the moment.
Recently I gave up the habit of biding on ebay. I had been addicted to the search, the bidding process and the anticipation of winning. When I dropped this habit what was left was: NOTHING in it’s place. I believe that warding off NOTHING is why I developed the habit. Maybe NOTHING is behind every compulsion and anxiety. And behind these little compulsions and anxieties are what really makes us anxious: like death being in our future and the truth that so much of life is not in our control. Being okay with those truths is scary, but liberating.