Tapping the Treasure of Your Intuition

The High Priestess from the Gilded Tarot

The High Priestess from the Gilded Tarot

The High Priestess has come up during these hot August days to invite you into your own cool inner sanctuary.  She’s all about being inward, and the gifts she brings are heightened intuition, new knowledge, understanding and ultimately… peace.  She wants you to learn something about yourself, and she’s asking you to be still, listen, and pay attention to the subtle magic and miracles that are sparkling all around you.  

It’s a great time to talk about tools to help you trust your inner knower.  The truth is we are all blessed with a sixth sense, and it’s available anytime.  If you’re already pretty aware of this, then The High Priestess is calling you into a quiet space to connect because there’s a message in your “inbox”.  However, if this is a new concept for you… she may be inviting you to learn something that will help you cultivate and strengthen your connection. 

The world we live in doesn’t really support the notion of intuition, and it definitely doesn’t encourage us to slow down and go inward.  We are very busy people struggling to balance what seems like a never-ending stream of worldly demands.  But guess what?  One of the best gifts and secrets that The High Priestess offers is this:  When you learn to work with and trust your intuition it makes everything you do in life easier.  It also makes for a more fun and interesting journey.

You may have a spiritual book of some kind calling to you or a workshop you’ve been thinking about taking.  Maybe you’ve been “trying” to start a meditation practice that hasn’t really taken off.  These are callings with pretty straightforward instructions, but what if you’re just not sure what this means for you?  She may be calling you to cultivate your intuition.  In this case I recommend using an oracle deck of cards.

Years ago my spiritual journey really evolved when I purchased a deck of angel cards and starting pulling one everyday.  Although I was very intuitive, sensitive, and empathic I had never really learned to acknowledge {let alone use} these skills.  In fact, everything I had learned for most of my life had taught me to disregard my intuition and put my faith in the external or “real” world.  This strategy was not working for me. 

I was going from one drama to the next, feeling every blow very deeply.  The first instructions I received for healing involved taking care of my physical body, but as soon as I had reclaimed some of my vitality I knew that I had to eliminate the drains on my spirit. I needed to rekindle my intuition, so I could navigate better in the future. 

The High Priestess called me into my inner sanctuary for a major drama detox and spirit cleanse, and my angel cards became the tools I used to get acquainted with my intuition.  These cards helped me learn the language of my spirit so I could communicate with it more easily.  Later I added more cards {including the Tarot} to my collection and my “vocabulary” grew because my conscious mind learned to interpret the symbols and information coming from my unconscious. 

All of our spirits are fluent in symbolism ~ that’s the language your intuition speaks.  It may come up for you as random words, images, sounds, colors, memories, feelings, or sensations in your body.  It’s unique for each person, but it is there if you start looking for it.  Finding a way to discern what these symbols mean for you is what is important.  Once you agree on a system with your spirit it will work with you. 

I knew nothing about tarot cards when I first began and had a lot of apprehension about them because of scary movies with scenes of gypsies making ominous predictions.  The first thing I learned about the cards was this:  A tarot card or oracle card is a piece of paper with pictures and numbers printed on it… nothing more.  It doesn’t have special powers.  The cards can’t do anything to you.  They simply use archetypal symbolism to help you learn about yourself and your relationship with the world around you.  You have the power, not a paper card.


If this resonates for you, all you have to do is choose a deck you love and draw a card everyday for guidance.   Just use the images to give you messages from your spirit for your highest and best good.  Keeping a journal is a great thing to do too because you can choose your card and then write down all the meanings it has for you.  Over time this practice can go from a learning exercise to a full blown conversation with your highest self and life truly does become magical.  When we let our inner wisdom guide us, we’re always on the best path, so check in and see where The High Priestess is guiding you.  There is amazing treasure waiting to be discovered within.  xo

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

Success and Getting Your “Games” in Sync

The Emperor from the old edition of the Mythic Tarot

The Emperor from the old edition of the Mythic Tarot

The Star from The Golden Tarot

The Star from The Golden Tarot

Well, I did promise The Emperor for my next post, but The Star has come up today, so I will write about them both.  These are cards with very different energies, but some pretty amazing stuff can happen when you combine the two.  They represent your “Outer Game” and your “Inner Game”, and when they are in sync you’re on your way to success.

The Emperor is all about laying foundations.  He is an action-taker, a protector, a planner, and obstacle remover.  When The Emperor comes up, we are being asked to establish a vision and break it down into action steps.  We need to create order, organization and protect our creations with good boundaries as they blossom and grow.

The Star is a card of hope, healing, compassion, success, plentiful supply, and authentic expression.  It’s tender and magical~ a bringer of blessings.  It’s truly a card of Spirit.  It asks us to look within and investigate our deepest heart’s desires and the dreams we hold dearest.  It calls us to see our light even if it seems like a far away twinkle.  It’s there.  The Star also acknowledges that these dearest desires sometimes make us feel the most vulnerable because they mean so much to us.  They can bring up both hope and fear.  We may long for something and at the same time be terrified to even try because the thought of failing is too awful.

In truth, we absolutely need both of these energies for success.  The Star card speaks to our “Inner Game” and The Emperor speaks to our “Outer Game”.  I’d like to say that all of this falls into place in simple, linear steps, but experience tells me that we work on both our “games” simultaneously and progress unfolds in leap frog fashion.

For example, you may have a great idea for a business and be the kind of person who likes to dive right in and figure things out as you go.  You take that glimmer of star light {your inspiration} and get your emperor energy going full steam ahead ~ your “Outer Game” is coming along.  As you progress, however, you may start running into situations that require you to work on your “Inner Game”.  Maybe you discover that you avoid doing certain tasks, that communication isn’t great, and that your business gets stuck and stalled because the same problems keep cropping up again and again.  Maybe you’re afraid to ask for help, or have difficulty trusting other people.  These are all inner issues, and they’ll need to be resolved if you want to move forward.  Your outer game focus has ultimately led you right back to your inner world.

Or… maybe you are the kind of person who has been tending to your inner life diligently.  You have been connecting with your spirit, clearing wounds, and learning to love yourself in a quiet, introverted kind of way.  You also get glimmers of star light and inspiration.  You know what you love to do, and you’ve harnessed your emperor energy to help you do it out of a commitment to your own growth.  Maybe you have created something very beautiful as a result, but this gorgeous inner life is now pushing against your edges and wanting you to expand more.  It’s time to  share what you do with other people in some way and even though this may seem very scary, it’s time to get your “Outer Game” in order so you can let your light be seen in a bigger way.

Oftentimes these aren’t static scenarios.  We all go through periods where our focus is on one game or the other, but they are both important.  As we nurture our dreams, keep the hope alive within us, and move forward in faith, beautiful things come to be.  The Star will ultimately push you into the world in some way.  You may need to see your own beauty first in order to have the courage step out.  Your experience may be like the quote by Anaïs Nin ” And the day came when the risk it took to stay tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom.”

The Emperor will ask you to act first and learn by doing, but every step is leading you to discover something wonderful about yourself.  This energy will lead you to your beauty, your talents, and your self-esteem as you go about building and creating.  He won’t reward haphazard or disorganized doing, however.  He wants you to make a plan, take action that is informed by your truest desires, and not skip any steps.  There are valuable experiences and gifts to be gained in every action he asks you to take.

In a way, both of these cards ask you to push past your comfortable edges, and my sense is that many of us are feeling this right now.  Take a look at where the imbalances are showing up in your life, and you’ll get a pretty good idea of which card is speaking to you most today.  Do you need The Emperor to help you step out, take care of some business you’ve been avoiding and make a plan?  Or do you need The Star to bring you back to yourself for a visit to that magical pool of hope and possibility?

Most often, I find that we need a little bit of both.   We need to trust that our deepest dreams have come from spirit.  Those desires are the seeds of your potential.  They are clues to your authentic purpose and a promise that you have what it takes to manifest it.  You wouldn’t have the vision if you didn’t already possess the gifts needed to achieve it.  The Star promises that the gold is there, and The Emperor hands you a shovel and helps you make a plan to find it.  Embrace them both and happy digging! xo

The Heart of Creativity

One of my favorite things to do - doodling

One of my favorite things to do – doodling

My spirit is calling me to talk about creativity today.  Most of my posts have been related in some way or other to the Tarot, and I often post my artwork or a photograph I’ve taken of the card.  Until now I’ve never spoken directly about my work as an artist, but the journey to express myself creatively has been healing and extremely gratifying.  I have always been pulled to do creative things, but it took me a long time to fully embrace that part of myself.

When I was 27 my late husband, Chris, gave me a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and about that same time I discovered another wonderful book called Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  I know that I didn’t fully “get” everything these women were talking about at the time, but I kept going back to these books.  I still revisit them from time to time, and this is why:  Julia Cameron helped me understand that I wasn’t alone in feeling creatively blocked, and that it was absolutely possible to awaken that part of myself.  She also gave me tools that I still use.

Sarah Ban Breathnach planted the tiny seed of an idea:  that gratitude and self-nurture could transform my life.  Both of these books introduced me to the concept that there might be something truly wonderful, unique, and beautiful inside of me just waiting to emerge.  I had a lot of inner criticism and mental garbage to wade through at the time… but I had that tiny glimmer of hope that kept pulling me forward towards discovering what those gifts might be.

It took me a while to get over myself enough to be a beginner.  The ego hates that, you know.  But my creative spirit needed to emerge.  I heard someone say last week, “the pain pushes until the vision pulls” and that absolutely describes my experience.  The pain of not allowing myself to express creatively kept pushing me forward.  It pushed me into classes and to craft fairs.  It pushed me set up a studio, carve out time in my life, unplug from drama and tend to my inner artist.  I was pretty stubborn, and there was a lot of resistance to jack hammer through….but then the vision started to pull me into my creativity.  It started to feel necessary, like dinner.

For me the path of creativity ran parallel with my journey to cultivate my intuition.  In fact, one of the reasons that I was so captivated by the Tarot was that the archetypal themes went right to my creative center.  They stirred my imagination into action in a positive way.  I had become very good at using my imagination to generate worry, but now I had a productive outlet for this energy and beautiful things started to come forth.  I learned that expressing myself creatively was healing, and now it’s part of my spiritual practice every bit as much as meditation.

I had the wonderful experience this weekend of indulging in a workshop with Suzi Baum, my neighbor, friend, and all around Renaissance woman.  You can check out what she’s up to on her blog: www.laundrylinedivine.com.  Sitting with a group of women writing, doodling, and sharing really fed my spirit.  We did these things just to see what would emerge.  There was no agenda, just exploration… and it occurred to me that this is really the heart of creativity ~ to explore oneself and make what you find visible to others in some way.  The little doodle pictured above is part of what I did that afternoon.

I’ll add here, that even though my own path has involved literally picking up a paintbrush {or pen} and expressing in that sense I believe that we are all creative.    Perhaps you love to cook, garden, or write.  Maybe you love sewing, knitting, or decorating.  You might enjoy the art of golf or creating a meaningful yoga practice.  Your business can even be a creative outlet with endless possibilities.

Whatever you are doing, you are creating the life you are living.  You are creating the quality of your days, the connection in your relationships, the essence of every moment you spend.  I believe that these moments are opportunities to allow our inner riches to come forth.  Whatever you are doing to give voice to your spirit is worthwhile.  It doesn’t have to have a an obvious purpose right up front.  If it lights you up in some way it’s a beautiful thing.  I’ll leave you with an invitation to explore that part of yourself in some way along with one of my favorite quotes:

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never be seen. ” ~Robert Bresson

I’ll be posting again in a few days all about The Emperor.  In the meantime have a wonderful 4th of July!! xo

Keep Going… You’re Almost There!

9 of Wands from the Golden Tarot

9 of Wands from the Golden Tarot

Are you feeling a little road weary these days?  Does it feel like you are putting one foot in front of the other {and maybe you’ve been doing this for quite a long time}, but you never seem to get “there”?  That’s exactly what the 9 of Wands is all about.  In this particular version of the card there is a wounded soldier who paints a good picture of what it means to keep “soldiering on”.  The refuge of his destination is in site, but he still has a ways to go before he reaches it.  It’s that “so close, and yet, so far” moment that I think we can all relate to in one way or another.  It’s also a moment when we may feel tempted to give up… when we feel victimized by our circumstances and nothing we seem to do is getting us anywhere.  Simply put, we’re tired, and inspiration is running low.

I know that I certainly relate to this situation, and whenever I get the 9 of Wands I know that in some way I’m being acknowledged by the Divine.  After all – this card is from the suit of wands which represents the element of fire in the tarot.  It’s a symbol of Divine inspiration, Divine guidance, and Divine intervention.  The first thing this card tells us is:  “You are not alone”.  I always find this to be comforting because part of the weariness and defeat we’re talking about here comes from a sense that we are disconnected, doing everything on our own, perhaps even abandoned – and this feels pretty awful.  It’s the voice of the ego mind that tells us this, and it reminds me of a scene from Harry Potter {I love HP}.

In the Order of the Phoenix, Harry is struggling with feeling alone on his journey.  He’s discovered that a lot is riding on him, he knows the truth of his situation, and he feels isolated and misunderstood by just about everyone.  At one particularly low point, he ends up having a conversation with a new friend, Luna Lovegood.  She tells him that she believes in him.  She also says that if she were Voldemort {the bad guy- if you’re not familiar with HP}, she’d want him to feel alone because then he’s not as threatening that way.  That voice of Voldemort is like the ego – it doesn’t like change, it was never on board with this journey you began, and it wants nothing more than for you to give up so it can stay in power.

The 9 of Wands calls out that Voldemort-ish ego out into the light and brings an infusion of hope.  It’s saying: “I believe in you.  You are on the right path!  You are doing marvelous things, and you are doing more than you even realize.”  It’s a sign that you have simply bumped into an internal threshold, and it’s telling you where you need to persevere so you can break through your own patterns of resistance.

It’s not time to give up – it’s time to keep going!  The 9 of Wands is bringing you the gift of encouragement and inspiration to sustain you along the way, and it promises that there is a bigger picture that you just can’t see yet… so guess what?  You’ve got to TRUST.

You may feel that you’re lost in a maze with very high hedges and very little light.  Maybe you’ve been winding your way through this particular maze for a long while… but your higher self has a much broader view of everything.  It can see exactly where you are in the maze, and it knows that you’re only a few yards from the exit – you just can’t see it yet.  The 9 of Wands is a little message from your spirit that says, “Keep walking!   You are almost there, and I’ve got your back – you are not alone.”

So how can you find the gifts of this message as it applies to your own life?  Take a few minutes and ask yourself these questions:

~What is going on right now that makes me feel defeated? 

~Do I always get stuck and want to quit when I get to this point in a project or a relationship?  See if you can zero in on what that is because it’s valuable information about your threshold.

~Where am I resisting or procrastinating?  What step am I just not wanting to take?  The answer to this question tells you what you need to do.  If you’re resisting sitting at the computer and working on that book, then you need to write the first sentence.  If you’re resisting a project, you need to make that phone call or work on whatever task you’re avoiding. 

~How would I feel if I knew this task, project, or situation was completed, started, or resolved?  Focus on the feeling that comes up and let that be the inspiration that keeps you moving forward.  Progress may feel slow, but every step you take is one step closer to liberation. 

When the 9 of Wands shows up it is telling you that you’re moving through a place where you normally get stuck.  It’s a message in a bottle from your Higher Self saying, “You’ve got what it takes to make it through, and you’re so close!”  It’s a moment to trust.  Trust that you wouldn’t have the desire to move in this direction in the first place if you weren’t already blessed with everything you needed to get there.  You are in the process of bursting out of your cocoon and your spirit is cheering you on.  You’ve got this!  You can do it!  Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and know that you’re almost there. xo

Put Your Action Where Your Heart Is

The Chariot from Gateway to the Divine Tarot Deck

The Chariot from Gateway to the Divine Tarot Deck

I just spent a fabulous and regenerating weekend at Kripalu and had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Howard Martin from The Institute of HeartMath – all about Connecting with Your Heart’s Purpose and Creating a Heart-Based World.  This subject definitely spoke to me, and I was inspired by all that I learned.  It seems no accident that today is all about The Chariot, and the key words here are: Trust, Alignment, and Victory.  Or another way to put it would be: Trust your Heart, Align your thoughts, words, and deeds with the desires of your Heart, and this will lead you to Victory.  The Chariot is asking me to put the wonderful things I learned this weekend into practice, and I want to share the message of this card along with some of the gems from that workshop.

The Chariot is number 7 of the major arcana, and in my own work with the tarot and the work I’ve done with others I have noticed that the 7’s often bring up confusion or resistance (sometimes I even feel like confusion is a form of resistance – but that’s another article.)  Mainly it’s because of that big T word – Trust.  Sometimes that can be so frustrating to hear when what we’re really hoping for is a loop-hole around having to trust.  Maybe we’ve started down a path because our heart’s were leading us, but now our doubts have been triggered and we’re wondering if we need to keep going or turn back.  We’ve gotten stalled out and our fears are having their way with us.  We just want a clear affirmation that yes, we’re doing exactly the right thing and everything will turn out just fine.  The Chariot does give us this encouragement, but it does it by calling us into action.  It guides us to look at what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.  It asks:  Are you all in or are you walking the fence?  Do you really want what you’re going for or are you giving just enough of your energy to try and test things out hoping that you’ll get your guarantee before you fully commit.  When The Chariot shows up, it is calling us out on the places where we’ve allowed ourselves to remain divided, and it is a blessing when it does show up.  It’s exactly the help we need when our energies aren’t integrated.  The promise of The Chariot is that we can have anything we choose, but we have to fully choose it – we have to commit and align our actions with our highest goals.  The image on the card shows a woman charioteer riding through the ocean with a full moon lighting her path.  She is holding the reigns of two horses.  One horse is black and other is white, and they seem to be veering in different directions.  However, she is holding them steady with her intention and her faith.  She is trusting her heart and her intuition – staying clearly intent on her vision.  This clarity, focus, and right action is keeping her from sinking into the emotional depths of the water and losing her momentum.

If you’re wondering how The Chariot might be speaking to you today, here are a couple of questions and tools to use for clarity and insight.

1.  Take a look at the goals you are currently working toward.  Do these goals inspire you, spark your enthusiasm, and light you up when you think or talk about them?  If they don’t, then you may want to consider changing them because they may not be goals of your heart.  Take some time to listen to your heart – you may need a course correction.  I highly recommend The Quick Coherence Technique designed by The Institute of HeartMath.  All you do is center your awareness on your heart and gently breathe into that space.  Think about something that you appreciate and breathe that feeling of appreciation into your heart.  When you have done this for a few minutes you are in a perfect space to ask for internal guidance.  Write down your question and sit quietly for a few more moments, then write down anything that you received.  Don’t worry if you didn’t receive anything – you can always try again or you may find that the answer just drops in at a later time when you’re least expecting it.  Be open.

2.  If you know that your goals make your heart sing, then The Chariot is asking you to take action.  What tasks are you putting off because they are more challenging or scary?  Where are you feeling the most resistance?  Go there first and acknowledge what you’re feeling.  Just sit with that for a moment.  Make a commitment to some form of action.  If you are feeling overwhelmed,  just do the first thing that comes to mind.  It may be something very simple like finding the business card with the phone number on it, or it could be sending an email, or making a list of the supplies you’ll need.  You can use the Quick Coherence Technique as well to help you zero in on that next action step.  You can also use another wonderful technique from The Institute of HeartMath called the Inner-Ease Technique.  Acknowledge your feelings, do the focused breathing I described above, and then imagine that you are drawing in the feeling of inner ease with each breath.  Anchor and maintain this feeling as you go about your day and notice the difference in how it unfolds.

If you are interested in more information from the Institute of HeartMath check out www.heartmath.org  This Institute is conducting scientific research on the heart and the various ways it works in our bodies and affects our lives.  They have proven that using the Quick Coherence Technique I mentioned above creates an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are aligned and in-sync.  Also, physiologically, the immune, hormonal and nervous systems function in a state of energetic coordination.  In short, our bodies and our lives just work better.  Have a beautiful and productive day! xo

 

Your Greatest Creative Tool: Choice

The Seven of Cups from the Golden Tarot. Painted stones by Jennifer Currie

The Seven of Cups from the Golden Tarot. Painted stones by Jennifer Currie

This morning I pulled The Seven of Cups as inspiration for today’s post, and I have to confess that this card is close to my heart in a love/hate sort of way.  First I’ll tell you why I love it.  The Seven of Cups is about dreams, imagination and the realm of possibility.  There is an expansive quality to it and all kinds of options are available when this card shows up.  It’s about feeling your way through life and keeping all the creative options open. This card invites you to explore your dreams without editing and restricting them.  It asks you to trust and allow whatever it is you discover.  For me this has always been a natural and fun process.  I love the dreaming phase of any project when I can just let my imagination flow and enjoy the experience.  All of this is great and a very necessary part of any creative endeavor.  But here’s where the down side can come in, and it’s also a big part of the message of this card.  Sometimes it can be so much fun to live in that realm of possibility and imagination that we just don’t want to leave.  When this happens we may find ourselves getting caught in a dreamy, ungrounded cycle where nothing is actually happening.  All those dreams are beautiful but they never come to be because we’ve chosen to stay in the clouds and haven’t brought them down to earth.  Our visions stay in the realm of the imagination and are little more than mirages.  Sometimes the down side of this card can show up as scattered energy.  False starts and distractions can keep us running in circles because we’re overwhelmed by the expansion.  In this case there are too many possibilities, and we don’t know what to choose, so we try to do a little of everything, or we’re afraid to make a choice so we just check out.  We tell ourselves that we’re just waiting, but we’re really just choosing to stay stuck.  Either way… nothing happens and the time just passes while we sit in the clouds.

Both of these scenarios came to mind when I pulled this card, but the message from spirit and the antidote to a Seven of Cups conundrum was right in front of me when I placed the card on my altar to photograph it. The painted stone with Lao Tzu’s wisdom was sitting right there like a neon sign pointing an arrow: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Of course I painted the quote on that rock to help remind me of this on those Seven of Cups kind of days (I love these little synchronicities).  The message here is that whether you’re taking a much needed trip to the realm of possibility or you’ve gotten trapped there, you’ve got to come down out of your head and take the first step toward your goal.  Often that first step is making a choice.

I heard Law of Attraction teacher, Bob Doyle, in an interview recently say that, “Indecision is a form of self torment.”  Can you relate?  I certainly can, and that down side of the Seven of Cups can often feel exactly like this.  It’s a form of struggle, and we’re fighting ourselves.  We may even feel like we don’t have a choice simply because we’re looking for a path that won’t rock the boat, make anyone uncomfortable, or be too challenging.  What we have to remember is that our power to choose is our greatest creative tool.  I know that I have often felt stuck simply because I was afraid of making the “wrong” choice, but I’m learning all the time that it’s better to make a bold choice, gain something from the experience and then choose again than it is to remain in the realm of possibility so long that nothing happens.  It’s the trap of escapism, and there are lots of tragic stories through history of wasted talents and gifts.  The Seven of Cups is a reminder to actively use our power to choose because when we’re able to receive the gifts from the realm of possibility and then bring those inspirations into tangible form through our choice and actions…. well, that’s what we’re all here to do.  That’s being in alignment with your spirit.

So what is the Seven of Cups saying to you?  It could be asking you to expand your realm of possibilities and entertain your imagination.  Sometimes we get into ruts that numb us to the beauty of life and deaden our intuitive and creative perceptions.  If you’re feeling uninspired, bored or just plain blah your spirit may be calling you to choose to relax and dream a little.  Or you might be lost in a whirl of visions always thinking about what you could do or might do without really taking any action.  You may feel scattered and have anxieties about looming deadlines or unfulfilled dreams.  Either way… make a choice and know that you can always make another choice and another.  You are a powerful creative spirit, and you’re never truly stuck.

What Does Your Inner Child Need?

The Six of Cups from The Wildwood Tarot and The Gateway to the Divine Tarot

The Six of Cups from The Wildwood Tarot and The Gateway to the Divine Tarot

Are you feeling overwhelmed these days?  Maybe you’re keeping track of baseball schedules, music lessons, your job, meals, volunteer work, etc… and then there are the errands.  You’ve got emails to return, permission slips to sign, and every time you see one of your family members they remind you of something they need you to do.  There aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done and everything feels too important to let go.  You drop into bed exhausted and have trouble falling asleep because now your head is filled with the bills you need to pay and the little things you forgot to do…. you’re exhausted and finally fall asleep (or not) knowing that you’ll get up tomorrow and do it all again.  It’s exhausting just writing about it, much more, living it.

If this, or some version of it closely resembles your life on a consistent basis, then The Six of Cups is really speaking to you and here’s the message:  You need to hit the “reset button” by giving your Inner Adult a break and entertaining your Inner Child.  Of course, your Inner Adult may be reading this and saying, “Absolutely impossible,” but that’s what our Inner Adults do – especially when they are in high gear.   The Six of Cups reminds us that a healthy person needs to maintain a balance between both Inner Child and Inner Adult.  Our Inner Adults help us stay grounded, make good decisions, and work towards goals.  Our Inner Children keep us inspired, playful, and content.  We can be irresponsible, ungrounded and chaotic if our Inner Children are constantly in charge, and our lives can get equally messy, colorless, and uninspiring when our Inner Adults are running the show.  It’s like the Von Trapp children from “The Sound of Music” – if your life feels a little bit like those marching kids in their uniforms answering to the Captain’s whistle, then you need a little music, creativity and fun to reunite you with your heart – home to your absolutely adorable and loveable Inner Child.  You need your version of Fraulein Maria to come in and spice things up a bit…. and if you’re not familiar with these “Sound of Music” references you might start by watching this classic movie (singing about your “Favorite Things” is guaranteed to make you feel sillier, freer, and a lot better : )

This is really the message of The Six of Cups…. to reconnect with your heart and transform your Inner Adult from a cold task master back into a loving parent.  The first step is doing something that feels good to your starved Inner Child.  This might mean that you need to take a break and completely change the channel for a few hours or it might mean that you need to approach what you’re already doing with fresh eyes and a lighter step.  For example, this weekend my Adult felt that we needed to clean out the barn/garage.  It was overdue and had grown into a huge task.  As we began the process my partner, Joel, was anxious.  He knows that when I go into “high gear” things can get pretty tense, but I had already been reminded during the week that I needed to slow down, pace myself and find the fun in the process.  Keeping this in mind…when I found the old hula hoop I took a few minutes to try it out.  I let my creative spirit enjoy the treasure hunt aspect of going through old things that I had forgotten about.  We talked about ideas for our yard as we worked side by side and played music the whole time.  We stopped at regular intervals, got drinks of water, admired our handy work and had snacks.  We let our Inner Adults take good care of us while we worked, and we let our Inner Children have some fun.  All in all, we got through the whole process without bickering and the task was complete by the end of the weekend.  Suddenly a huge weight was lifted.

I’ve tackled jobs like this many times over the years and they haven’t gone anything like this, so I’m not trying to paint a picture of perfection here… we were grateful and surprised by the experience!  What I do want to point out is that sometimes our Adults go overboard.  We become so fixated on goals and checking things off our lists that our Children get stifled and starved.  We forget to take care of ourselves, we push ourselves to exhaustion and every action is something we are rushing through to get to the next “have to” on our list.  When our Inner Adult has declared martial law in our lives and our Inner Child is neglected or exhausted… we may not know why, but we feel awful.  It can show up as stress, anxiety, or even a numb, listless feeling, and it’s a clue that something is off.  This is where your spirit comes in and suggests that you take a little time to reset, do something relaxing, fun, or simply do nothing for a little while – daydream.  Don’t be surprised if you meet up with some resistance from your militant Adult and your whiny Child at first.  Just do something different and break the cycle.  If you can play along with your spirit for a little while you’ll see that your wound up Adult transforms into a good parent and your irritable, bratty child becomes a happy, well-tended cherub.  Take a deep breath, center your awareness in your heart and quietly ask your spirit what will bring “music” back into your world right now.  Pay attention to the first thing that pops into your head.  This is intuitive guidance!  Give your Inner Adult a break and hit the “reset button” in your life.  When you allow for the pause, you allow bright ideas, clarity and magic to enter your life. xo