I use tarot and oracle cards as tools for reflection and contemplation. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."
"The goal isn't to arrive, but to meander, to saunter, to make your life a holy wandering." ~ Rami Shapiro

Thursday, June 22, 2017

At the Root of Things

From the Anna K. Tarot, the High Priestess; from the Meditation Cards, Root System:
          When the night is dark, the moon shines brightly in the sky. Likewise, the High Priestess knows that it is within our own darkness that we find insight and illumination. Anna describes the priestess as being able to "sit still and watch changes with compassion and serenity," and I would add with wisdom as well. From observing the mind, she knows that thoughts and emotions are just as transient as everything in the material world. The Root System card has quotes from Bodhidharma and Pema Chodron:
The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you 
can understand the mind, everything else is included.
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May they be free of suffering and the root of suffering;
may they enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
What is currently growing from your mind? Just how solid do we think our thoughts and beliefs are? The root of suffering for me is trying to cling to what I love and enjoy while trying to avoid everything I find unpleasant. The root of happiness is to accept rather than fight reality, having the wisdom to know what can be changed and what can't, and being courageous to make changes in myself when needed.

6 comments:

  1. I love that she is sitting in the dark. Not running away for whatever fear or worry that might be hidden in the shadows. To be able to sit with your emotions and feelings and recognize them for what they are is gold!

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    1. To sit and watch but not react can bring incredible insights into the how the mind works. :)

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  2. Some new understanding or realization sends a lightning bolt down to us. Wowza!

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    1. Understanding what is at the root of things. :)

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