Willingness Makes Room for the Miracle

The Ace of Swords from the Golden Tarot

The Ace of Swords from the Golden Tarot

Before I dive into the message of the Ace of Swords I want to invite you to take a deep breath.  You might even want to do this a few times because the Ace of Swords is the tarot’s entry into the element of air and our breath is the most basic and fundamental way we can connect with spirit. It’s actually impossible to be stressed out while taking slow deep breaths, and something as simple as breathing is exactly what the Ace of Swords wants you to consider.

It’s the most positive of all the sword cards in the tarot, and I particularly like the Golden Tarot’s images of angels for each of the 4 aces in the deck.  The aces are all about new, unformed energies moving into our lives.  These energies bring raw potential and invite us to act on intuition, be open to new ideas, stay positive, and take first steps even if we’re not exactly sure where it’s all going.  We’re asked to join in the dance with the Divine, loosen up, and enjoy the present moment.

The suit of swords represents the element of air in the tarot.  This is the realm of the mind, and all the other sword cards traditionally depict all the ways we can box ourselves into corners and the varying degrees of difficulty we can conjure up for ourselves when we get stuck in our Intellectual Mind or run by our Ego Mind.  The Ace of Swords, however, speaks to the Holy Mind, and the only thing it asks from us is our willingness to see things from a new perspective.  It is calling for us to be open to shifts in perception.  This may seem small, but these shifts can be total game changers in our lives.

There are times when our minds are simply closed to new insights out of habit, and it isn’t something we can force open using our personal will.  We may think that all our problems would go away if the outside circumstances would change, but in truth, if we’re able to see things differently and have our perceptions altered, then everything would be transformed.  The metamorphosis occurs on the inside and then the outside can shift into alignment with that… not the other way around.

The Ace of Swords invites you to look at the areas of your life that appear to be stuck, frozen, or just not working and instead of wishing for the situation to change ~ ask yourself:  “Am I willing to see this differently?”  You really don’t have to know all the answers, all you have to do is be willing to allow for a new perception.  That willingness has a magical quality to it because it acts as surrender.  Suddenly the tight contractions of the closed mind start to loosen, and a new thought or bright idea lands in your consciousness like a butterfly lighting on a flower.  It’s not about doing it’s about allowing.  The willingness makes room for the miracle.

Here’s a great example of this that I heard recently.  It’s a story that Stephen Covey tells in his classic book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and it illustrates how the shifting of perception can change everything:   He was riding on a subway car that was fairly peaceful and quiet.  At one of the stops a father with two small children boarded the car, and the children were completely out of control.  They were extremely disruptive, and he noticed that everyone on the train was becoming irritated.  The father seemed to be oblivious to the children’s behavior ~ kind of lost in his own world.  He started to get very annoyed by the rude behavior of the children and the apparent disregard of the father.  He got so agitated about it that he finally decided to say something to the father.  He said, “Did you know that your children are disturbing the people on the train?  Could you ask them to sit down?”.  The father looked up and said, “Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t realize.  You see we’re all a little out of it at the moment.  We just left the hospital where their mother died a few hours ago.”

Suddenly, the perception of everything transformed.  Nothing about the situation had changed on the outside.  The children were still behaving badly and the car was still disturbed, but this little piece of knowledge changed his entire approach to the situation.  He defenses melted and his irritation evaporated.  He became compassionate and offered to help in any way he could.

A game-changing insight can come in numerous ways.  It could literally come in the form of a clearer understanding of a circumstance like the story above.  We might take a moment to really listen to what someone else is saying and this gives way to more understanding and connection.  It could come as a sudden inspiration or be generated through a new experience.  Sometimes we feel stuck one moment, but we begin the project and the direction unfolds.  One time I lost my cell phone and spent a whole day frantically doing everything I could to locate it.  I exhausted every possibility and myself in the process, and finally gave up the fight and went to soak in the tub.  As I sat in the warm water and began to just breath and relax suddenly I just knew where my cell phone was.  I remembered exactly where I had put it, and that’s exactly where it was.  All of my searching and worrying about it hadn’t altered the situation one bit.  The cell phone was in that same place all along, but my stress about losing it had distorted my memory and I couldn’t perceive what was true.  All I had to do was provide the willingness {in the form of a quiet moment}, and the fog lifted.  The outside didn’t change, but I did.

A Course in Miracles defines a miracle as a shift in perception.  It isn’t about the Divine swooping in and delivering the lottery or the relationship or the experience we feel we’re lacking ~ it’s about our perceptions being transformed so that we can know the truth, connect with our spirit, and see things clearly.  Then we can get into alignment with our heart’s desires and our external experiences can change in a positive way.  You don’t have to figure it all out.

Where do you need a miracle?  Instead of asking the Universe for a specific outcome, ask for a shift in perception that will lead you where you want to go.  Whenever you are feeling doubt, fear, or tension just say:  ” I am willing to see this differently.  I am willing to witness my discomfort.  I am willing to be still for a moment.”  Take a deep breath, be willing to see things more clearly and let Spirit do the rest.

Many blessings to you! xo

Create a Year of Good Fortune

 

The Wheel of Fortune from the Gilded Tarot

The Wheel of Fortune from the Gilded Tarot

I hope that 2013 is off to a wonderful start for all of you!  On New Year’s Day I pulled a card for the year for my blog readers and Facebook folks.  It was The Wheel of Fortune, and I want to share the insights that have been coming together for me.  The basic message is about releasing control, staying in the present moment and letting go of worries, doubts, self-abuse, tension, and anxiety.  The Wheel is number 10 of the major arcana and this number symbolizes the ending of one cycle and the beginning of a new one.  This year may bring up awareness of your patterns so you can see what is serving you and what isn’t.  If something isn’t working, the great news is you have the opportunity to change it.  If you’re noticing patterns that work well, then you get to refine your technique and take it to the next level.

The Wheel of Fortune is ruled astrologically by the planet Jupiter and the sign Sagittarius.  Jupiter is the bringer of blessings and good luck and Sagittarius is symbolized by the archer.  If you’re working with talents, gifts, and skills that make your life joyful, keep the image of the archer in your mind’s eye as you go through this year.  He carefully positions his bow, takes aim, breathes deeply, envisions the arrow hitting the mark and then releases it.  At that point the archer’s work is done.  Now the universe takes over and all that is required is faith in a positive outcome.  If it misses the mark, no worries, The Wheel of Fortune always brings around another opportunity to try again.  The power to aim and release the arrow is always available (and only available) in the present moment.  When you practice staying present, aiming for your goals from this empowered place, and taking the actions that are available to you right now then you are standing in the center of The Wheel.  This is the access point to your own higher self and opens the door to wonderful expansion, blessings and good luck.

If you’re feeling stuck or confused and can’t see clearly enough to picture the target much less a bull’s eye, you’re experiencing a pattern that isn’t serving you.  You can usually tell if you’re in this spot because you feel trapped, frustrated, and unable to figure out any possible solution.   In this case, you’re riding The Wheel and going around and around the same issues with the same way of approaching them every time.  It’s not a very fun place to be, and blessings and good fortune can feel unattainable when we’re stuck in these cycles.  The gift of The Wheel in these circumstances is that we can notice where these patterns show up for us, change our thinking, and invite the Divine to bless us with a miracle.  Marianne Williamson writes in The Law of Divine Compensation:

“…{a miracle is} a shift in thinking which then shifts your experience.  This shift in perception- your willingness to look beyond appearances- enables you to invoke a different set of probabilities going forward.  It enables you to see beyond what’s happening to what could be happening, thus creating the space for something new.” 

Albert Einstein also said, “The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”  If you’re suffering from the same thing that has made you suffer many times before, it’s time to step off The Wheel.  Doing things the same way with the same undesirable results is a closed-system that can feel like a jail, but the way to freedom is always found right where you are now.  Come into your present moment and choose something new and different.  If you always do things one way, change it up.  If you tend to think pessimistically and are suffering from a pattern of low energy and lack of creativity, start naming the good things that surround you.  Start a gratitude journal, say a prayer, or take one action that is uplifting to your spirit in some small way.  If you’re exhausted from being in a constant state of doing and controlling, take a break.  Do something that your mind might categorize as frivolous or do nothing at all.  Take a nap.  These are simple things that have tremendous impact if you are ready to take  your unfruitful patterns in hand.  You’re coming back to your center, changing the things that aren’t working and inviting a miracle.  It’s always a step you take from exactly where you stand right now.  These small actions get you into the dance with the Divine and then anything can happen!  May The Wheel help you break the cycles that block your joy, bring you focus and faith in your gifts, and lead you to a more abundant, fun, and blessed experience of life-  a life of good fortune filled with miracles.  xo