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Owning Emotions

1508 Owning Emotions

What makes a grown-up? Or a spiritually evolved, enlightened person?

Is it someone who never swears in traffic or gets overwhelmed with big life challenges or sends out invites to the pity party of the century?

It’s easy to tell someone “you shouldn’t feel that way” when you’re outside the situation. Perhaps one measure of a grown up is allowing others to feel their feelings, and staying with them while they do.

My sister-in-law has a wonderful measure for her kids (now grown and having kids of their own): it’s okay to feel what you feel, it’s not okay to dump it all over everyone else.

So what happens when you dump your feelings all over everyone else?

Maybe it’s a measure of how much you’re trying to carry. Maybe it’s a measure of how uncomfortable your feelings are.

How about you give yourself a big bundle of credit for being emotionally honest? And then find the grown-ups in your life who will let you experience your feelings in the safety and support of their non-judgemental presence, until you’ve finished the process.

Perhaps spiritual evolution and enlightenment includes the knowledge that sometimes life really truly sucks – or, as a beloved friend, long gone, used to say: this pounds sand! Or is incomprehensible. Or hurts like hell. Another acquaintance wisely advises that we keep on going straight through hell, rather than taking the scenic route. Sometimes even the direct route seems endless.

Sometimes spiritually evolved, enlightened beings are drowning in their severe challenges. At the very same time that they’re looking and acting like a drowning rat, they are spinning off brilliant responses to those challenges, creating their new selves, blinding us with the beauty of that creativity.

Grown-ups, spiritually evolved and enlightened people, can contain the paradox.

Weekly Card Two of Wands

Another first!   Finally, a look at the inspiring 2 of Wands.

At the Ace, we get an inkling of a calling. Now that the 2 shows up, we’re getting a sense of where in the world we’re going to express that inkling.

Our inner enthusiasm, our inner drive, is seeking its outer counterpart.

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Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Notice, in the Shadowscapes image, that our persona, accompanied by a whole tribe of fanciful fur family – the instinctual selves – is very removed from the rest of the world. In the Rider Waite Smith image, it’s the same situation: looking out at the world, holding fast to our Wand – our growing sense of purpose – considering possibilities from a distance.

So, where in your life are you feeling the call to express an inner ambition? Shadowscapes says we don’t have to be realistic at this point – let all of your inner voices have a say.

Now’s the time to look around to see where the possibilities are. Get a sense of how you and the outer world match – or don’t. If there’s tweaking to be done for a good match, do some brainstorming and planning.

Settle in with the match and the meaning that bring you the most enthusiasm. You don’t need to roll with anything yet; just get used to the possibilities.

And keep your big picture eye out for opportunities!

Yoga Thoughts

I know I’ve been lax about posting regularly on Mondays.

We can pretend it’s so that you can review old posts with your expanded experience.

Really, it’s partly because I’ve been thinking about things that are hard to illustrate and, you might have noticed, I like to include pictures.

150727 Awareness

And, if you’ll admit it, you like to have pictures, too.

How often do your questions boil down to, “Am I doing anything that looks like what this asana is ‘supposed’ to look like?”

What if I told you that the asanas are all just a smoke screen – kind of like photo shop in a fashion magazine?

The real magic is about your awareness.

Weekly Card Rerun: The Approach

It’s summer re-run time.  Mostly this is being re-posted because I love the photo.

tarot poker cat

What?  This doesn’t look like any Tarot card you’ve seen?  Me, neither.  But I’ll bet it might call to mind a Tarot card or 2 (and feel free to let us know which ones in the comments section).

I love this!  I’m a big fan of Tarot humour, even on the dark side.

So let’s take a break from looking at specific cards this week, to look at your approach to Tarot.

Is Tarot a Very Serious Undertaking for you?  I like the respectfulness inherent in that.  And you can look at possibilities for being respectful while keeping a big, questioning sense of humour.  Partly because a lot of life is funny, strange and just plain peculiar.  Partly because laughter helps free the mind to make the kinds of intuitive connections you’re making when you read Tarot.  And partly just because it’s fun!

I love that our kitty is taking Tarot into unexpected places.  Really, poker?!  Can’t you just see the faces of the other players when that deck came out?  “WTF” probably didn’t begin to cover it.

Find some unexpected places you can bring Tarot.   Start with where, when and for what you usually read.  Move into some totally outlandish ideas.  Make yourself laugh.

What if your deck came with you to the salon and you only did hairstyles that were pictured on the cards you drew?  What if your deck came grocery shopping with you and you only bought what it told you to?  What if you took a drive with your cards, letting them telling you where to turn?  Or if your side of any conversation was based solely on your deck?

Then dial it back to possibilities you could actually live with (although your craziness could lead to some outrageous adventures or, at least, a very weird diet plan!).   Your energy level has dropped for no particular reason and you want to know why.  You’re bored with yourself and need ideas for sprucing up.  You need a new design for your garden.  Rock and roll with your own ideas!

Kitty brings up another, sobering aspect to Tarot: actual peoples’ lives were affected by this episode.  Okay, responsible Tarot use isn’t likely to kill you.  But you are using Tarot to involve yourself more fully in your daily life.  And that’s why you were right to have that Very Respectful Approach to Tarot: because real people with real lives are involved.

So find that personal balance between the lightness of humour and the responsibility of any of the intuitive arts.  Enjoy the laughter and be humble about the privilege.

Now, excuse me, I’ve got to go laugh hysterically at the next good Tarot joke.

We can thank my fellow Kitchen Witch, Brooke Parkhurst of Triple Oak Bakery  and Tinsmith , for the good laugh today.

Weekly Card The Queen of Cups

We’re meeting another regal presence from the Court Cards for the first time: the Queen of Cups.

As a person, this is the one who’s first foot forward is the emotional one. S/he’s involved and connected with those around her, directly from the heart. S/he’s the one you can go to for nurturing and comfort, for someone to understand how you’re feeling.

Most people are a mix of energies, and if we’re one of the lucky healthy ones, we can draw on all the Court Card energies when appropriate. So, this week, when you look at who might be influential in your life, you don’t need to find someone who’s all emotion and creativity with no rationality. Just look to the individual who’s most able to get into the emotional flow and stay there with you.

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Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Elementally, we’ve got Queen as water in the watery suit, Cups. This is the level in the Court that’s most at home in the Cups environment. The image from the Mystical Cat Tarot has our Sea Queen in a flowing fountain. The Rider Waite Smith image has the Queen on a shell-topped throne at the edge of the sea, completely focused on her ornate Cup. This is a flowing, mutable, changeable, responsive energy. And it’s not to be underestimated: remember the long-term impact of water as waterfalls or rivers. Yes, the Queen of Cups will carve through stone, if need be.

Looking to your own character, where are you being asked to be emotionally connected this week? Do you have a creative project under way that needs the infusion of humanity that crosses time and space to reach its audience? How can you bring emotional response, especially with a feeling of nurturing, to as many areas of your life as possible this week?

Water your personal garden!