Saturday, 23 March 2013

Structure

This morning, after Thursday's reading, I finally got myself back on my meditation cushion.  As well as  grounding, centering, and calling sacred space, I drew a Lenormand line of three from the Mystical Lenormand (Königsfurt-Urania, 2004) to ask for a spiritual focus for the day:

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What I see in this line - Man, Ring, Woman - is a need to commit to structure in order to find intuition.  This makes me think of Lon Milo DuQuette's book Chicken Quabalah, where he talks about keeping our monkey mind so busy with numbers and abstract thought that our Deep Self (he doesn't call it that) can get on with tapping into intuition.

However, I'm not into Quabalah, so how does this apply to me?  Well, one thing is that I use structure in my card readings.  Be it the positions in a tarot spread, or choosing ahead of time how to read even a simple Lenormand line of three, that structure helps define the reading, allowing intuition a space without becoming overwhelmed by possibility.  For example, even a line of three can be read at least three different ways.  My normal pattern: 1+2→3: committing to structure (Man + Ring) leads to intuition (Woman).  Or you could read (1+2) and (2+3) and (1+3): a commitment to logic and a commitment to intuition lead to a balanced psyche.  Or, another one I use quite often, 2 + (1+3): commitment takes a willingness to give and receive, to use logic and intuition: to find balance.

I also see in this line a reminder that I need to be more structured with my meditation practice.  I will make sure I sit regularly, preferably at the same time of day each time.

Committing to structure can also enable rather than restrict creativity.  Thinking about this led me this afternoon to do my first Zentangle drawing inspired by Arwen ;)

4 comments:

  1. Do you really need to be more structured in your meditation practice, or more open to what could be methods of meditation. I wonder about this sometimes. Couldn't sitting and staring out the window at lunch time be meditation? I think so.

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    1. I guess perhaps "intention" might be a better word than "structure" when it comes to meditation... I agree that sitting and staring out the window can be a meditation, if you form that intention. However, it is also true that it can be easier to meditate if we have a clear structure - ritual is an aid, reminding us of our intention :)

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  2. Reading this made me think about my own perspective on structure, which is that I want/need some things to be structured but hate it if other things are structured. I quickly start to rebel (inwardly if not outwardly) when I am expected to do a particular thing every week on the same day/same time. For example, I like to eat when I feel like eating. I don't like situations where I am expected/required to eat meals at a specific time every day. But I like knowing that the mail will arrive at approximately the same time every day.

    Yet I also appreciate structure in many areas of my life. I think too much structure can restrict creativity -- but what is "too much structure" for one person may not be enough for another. Interesting subject! And I love the deck!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Zanna. I'd agree, I rebel at too much structure, but without any structure I can feel lost. I have to admit, in terms of creativity, I do like some structure - I am more a fan of Magritte than Picasso, for example ;) But that's a pretty personal line!

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