Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Can Hay Fever Be Spiritual?

On Sunday, as part of my spiritual practice, I drew these cards from the Mystical Lenormand (Königsfurt-Urania, 2004): Bouquet, Coffin, Mountain.

©Fiechter & Trösch
A first, traditional reading of this would give: hay fever is an obstacle.  My initial instinct was to dismiss this.  After all, my question was for a spiritual focus for the day, and what kind of spiritual message is that?!  As the day went on, though, and I thought about it more, I considered that hay fever could well be a block to taking or maintaining a spiritual focus.  After all, if you're sneezing all over the place, eyes itchy and running, it is much harder to notice the wonders of life and nature.  Being spiritual, after all, isn't just about sitting in front of an altar.  Rather, being present in the everyday, honouring and respecting all you meet, paying attention to the world around you: those are just as relevant as chanting or lighting candles.  However, it is also true that I didn't get hay fever, despite going for a walk in our local nature area.

Meditating on these cards, I came up with several other interpretations, which might be considered more obviously spiritual.  For instance, creativity transforms obstacles.  Which got me thinking about the ways in which I can incorporate creative practices into my spirituality, and how that might allow me to overcome some of the obstacles I face.  Certainly, I've been finding solace in doing zentangles...

A third interpretation might be: existential fears are surrounded by creative blockages.  Now there's another interesting one!  Getting trapped in existential angst can certainly put the kibosh on feeling creative.  And a spiritual practice to help me deal with existential anxiety would therefore be a good thing to put into practice.  However, as with the hay fever, I am not really feeling creatively blocked.

Another possible interpretation is: divine grace ends barriers.  One of those obvious and yet profound understandings.  Feeling a moment of grace can free us from all sense of boundedness and restriction.  And walking in nature later that day, it was a joy to be out in the fresh air, communing with the trees, and also feeling a part of human society as others flocked to enjoy some time in nature and the first truly spring-like rays of sun we've had this year :D

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