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, September 5, 2019

Flow with Banks

From the Gill Tarot, the Prince (Knight) of Cups; from The Circle, Flow:
          This Knight of Cups reminds me of working with children with attention-deficit issues. He's made a cup of clay, but now is daydreaming and no longer aware the water is about to wreak havoc on his creation. Daydreaming isn't all bad (studies show our minds wander 47% of the time); it can help us find innovative solutions and inspire creative activity. But then there is maladaptive daydreaming, which according to researcher Eliezer Somer distracts a person from real life such as in work and relationships. And reentering reality after spending so much time in our imagination can instigate depressive episodes. Yet the Flow card suggests another alternative - not fighting our tendency to dream, but giving it some boundaries. Structured, focused daydreaming, which may also be called visualization, is an alternative. Since our brain doesn't know the difference between a real memory and an imagined one, we can gain self-confidence through such visualization exercises and better develop our focus. With this technique, that Knight might remember to take his cup to a kiln.