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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Commit to Sit

From the Sheridan-Douglas Tarot, the Papess (High Priestess); from the Pages of Shustah, the 'Closed Gate:'
          Instead of sitting with a serene expression, this High Priestess is reading. She is often said to have inner, intuitive knowledge, but what does that mean? First, she knows how to meditate and find the spaciousness that lies beyond her ego's demands and judgments. Secondly, she studies. Her knowledge isn't channeled from a moonbeam or some other external source - it comes from within. The combination of the openness of her mind and her collection of knowledge allows her intuition to readily find beneficial information. The Closed Gate suggests a blockage of some type, but note that it is crudely constructed. Many people flatly state that they can't meditate, but what they usually mean is that they tried a few times, got frustrated or antsy, and gave up. There are many ways to calm the mind and find that spaciousness, but regardless it requires that a person 'commit to sit.' There's no easy, quick way to do it but through practice.
What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind. 
~Natalie Goldberg