Sunday, 26 October 2014

What Are My Blessings?

Yesterday, my thoughts turned a little dark.  This question from Carla at Rowan Tarot felt beautiful, and so I decided to draw for it, focusing on the present moment.  I used the Chrysalis Tarot (US Games, 2014), and received the Five of Mirrors (Cups), the Phoenix (Judgement) and the Four of Scrolls (Swords).

Chrysalis Tarot
My first thought with the Five of Mirrors was that, instead of focusing on sorrow, it suggests a way to deal with this: looking for the spiritual growth potential in the mud of existence.  And certainly I consider having found meditation, and practising it daily, to be a great blessing in my life.  Interestingly, the LWB associates this card to Kuan Yin, from whose Oracle I have been drawing cards for the last two weeks or so.  Focusing daily on compassion has also been a blessing.

As for the Phoenix, I do feel I've been rising from the ashes recently.  For a while, I felt very unsure of my direction in life.  I have a friend who always liked to ask "What are your plans for the next year/five years/ten years?"  And if you'd asked me five years ago, I had a clear idea of my path, and it was nothing like where I am now!  It didn't include having another baby, and it had me working as a psychotherapist and preparing to teach that subject.  Instead, I seem set on a far less "standard" path, teaching and writing about strange esoteric subjects.  I see the connections between this path and the one I thought I'd be on, but not everyone else will.  Yet, I feel excited and happy about where the flow is taking me at this time, and that is definitely a blessing.

Finally, the Four of Scrolls.  The blessing of getting enough sleep is not something I feel I have right now, I must say!  Still, what I also see here is hypnotherapy - you look as though you're sleeping, when in fact you are working on the script that is guiding you through your trance state.  And that is definitely something I feel very blessed by.  Not only has hypnotherapy helped me give up chocolate, cake and biscuits (over six weeks now), but it is part of what I see as being my path forward.  A double blessing!

13 comments:

  1. When I think of Kuan Yin, I think of compassion - which includes yourself. Norman Fischer taught me that compassion is "being willing to sit with a person's pain" (again including yourself). I think it is good to sit with our pain and look at it honestly and objectively as you are doing here; it is what will help us heal and move forward. Hugs to you, Kerry!

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    1. Ah, sitting with someone's pain, whether your own or someone else's, that is a challenge. I think here I was looking for things to take me away from the worries, rather than sitting with it as I perhaps should. Even my meditations tend to be guided and focused, though of course thoughts still drift in and out, being released. Thanks for the reminder, Bev :)

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    2. When I hear that, 'sitting in someone else's pain' I think of a very spiritual man who once wrote to me in a mass card for my late husband, his definition of prayer was 'carrying another in your heart' . I think these to things are closely related.

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    3. That's beautiful, Cat, thanks for sharing it :)

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    4. It was something I never forgot, because it touched me. :) <3

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  2. I like how you interpreted these card so freely (four of scrolls as hypnotherapy) This shows once again, the tarot can be as diverse as we would like it to be.
    I believe if we follow our path step by step we will go in the right direction and I am glad you have the feeling to be on track.
    Meditation is on my daily todo list but hardly ever checked off:)
    Hugs

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    1. Ha ha, I remember you using this deck, Ellen, and saying it was best to go with intuition. Though actually, the Four of Swords can be about healing rest, which hypnotherapy would certainly count as :D
      Yes, it's good to feel like I'm happy with where I'm going, even if it isn't where I was planning to head.
      As for meditation, perhaps you're defining it too narrowly? Playing with Jofee could be a meditation, if you do it mindfully ;)

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    2. You are right about the meditation: playing with him and petting him is really being in the present moment Thanks

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  3. The old saying, goes something like ' If you want to give the Creator a good laugh tell him/her your plans'. I've learned that my dreams may not be fulfilled, but they transform into something else that can be just as fulfilling.

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    1. Yes, definitely Cat! Both on the laugh and the fulfilment ;)

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  4. Hi Kerry! I'm glad you are in your path! How interesting the hypnotherapy! It's amazing!!!
    Te mando un beso grande y Muchas Estrellas!!!!

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    1. It's fascinating, LM. I realise that much of this is stuff I have already known and done, just calling it by a different name. Good to find clear information about it in a form that might even get me an official bit of paper :D
      Besos a tí, también, Kerry!

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