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A question of Faith: Causes, Influences and Advice for the Current Phenomena

There has been a lot of strange phenomena happening both within the natural world and that of human society & egoic creations. Our last Dark Moon coincided with a solar eclipse that was visible across many countries, including the United States (where I live) and the following Full Moon in September directly preceded massive solar flares which expand the visibility of the Aurora Borealis. (You can check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Prediction Center website to see where and when the Aurora Borealis will be visible.) And Hurricane Harvey is ravaging the Southern Part of the United States. In additional to these strong natural phenomena, we have a tumultuous social and political environment that is drastically polarizing communities and pushing people out of political non-involvement and into the public arena of activism and outcry. Invisible wars are coming to the surface and political intrigue is now so blatantly obvious that citizens can no longer deny it’s existence. We wonder: Why is this happening? What are the driving forces behind this bizarre phase? Is there are purpose? Is anything we can do about it?

The world has been changing on both a physical and energetic level. The resurfacing of Shamanic connection to spirits and “rediscovery” of the validity within Ancient Holistic forms of medicine such as Meditation, Yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and so on has pushed human society into a new phase of Evolutionary Integration. One that expands beyond individual health and wellness and into a global synthesis of humanistic ideas & resources along with the current issues within these areas. We are all pushing forward in our own way, and there is friction with the naturally occurring inertia within human society as change is not easily absorbed or accepted.

Hence, I decided to read on What has manifested, the causes, the influences, and the advice for the current situations in order to help us reflect on our circumstance, prepare for and resolve whatever lies within and around us.

What has been manifested are the goals we were working on, both subconsciously and externally; even if we do not consciously choose to go a certain way, our subconscious guides us with subliminal patterns in choices and actions. People have gradually organized themselves into communities and social groups that align with their own personal beliefs and spiritual understandings. What causes this is disappointment with a seemingly lack of success in the external world as we all work internally to grow ourselves in the new self-help and self-development craze brought on by the New Age Movement. There is real actual growth happening, it just isn’t what we expected. Popular notions of Growth are synonymous with Success in mundane and or superficial terms: physical reward, popularity and external acceptance. But True Growth is often uncomfortable and pits us against learned behavior and norms that no longer apply to the current environment. It challenges us to look into the unknown, question what we know and go beyond what we believe is possible. It can also bring disillusionment with a world that just isn’t as splendorous as it was promised to be. Major Influences come from the resurfacing of the Shadows within humanity as we incessantly push forward with. Modern progress is insatiable in it’s drive to continue onward: to do more, do better, and never stop. As we move forward, we may lose ourselves in the process, but then our shadow resurfaces to face us in moments of loss, confusion and brokenness. This dichotomy doesn’t seem to make sense, so it drives people crazy and pushes them against their own personal wall of ability as they try to work through it all. We must face that which we ignore, that which we dislike, that which lies in us and confuses, irritates or disgusts us. It trips us up when we are charging ahead, and now, it is running with us as we are gradually learning to accept and release it. Suggestions on how to deal with this are to not try to control it and allow the emotions and confusion to saturate our being so that we can confront our truth. This allows us to acknowledge and release what needs to be shed. As we shed that which no longer serves us, we grow. This is painful and may make us act nonsensical, but it also allows us to learn more about ourselves as we open up to the truth within and do not try to hide it under an austere or arbitrary persona. We may feel unfortunate about what is happening but true fortune lies inside our hearts as we let go of our grip on the outside and accept ourselves so wholeheartedly that we feel fortunate just being.

What grounds us is inner work to clear away the past along with what no longer serves us. As we focus on inner work, we can collaborate with others to lessen the external workload, and allow for an inner focus. Giving ourselves time to really and honestly take care for ourselves also allows us the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional space to recuperate and restore our mind, body & spirit balance, thus allowing us to more fully and willingly engage and collaborate with others.

What crowns us is to not give up or walk away immediately, but work inwardly so that we are able to leave situations when they no longer encourage our growth. And also be grateful for ourselves, love ourselves and care for ourselves, so that we are able to face negative situations with inner trust and optimism. We may get angry and feel unsupported at times, but if we can at least trust in our own abilities and be thankful for what lies within, we can have an inner faith that carries us through the situations to come.

We are always growing, always changing, and always challenged by ourselves and our environment. We are also all connected to the natural Universe, even as our Ego may push us away and make us feel alone in the world. Know that we are not alone, and even if we feel that way, faith in our own human ability to push onward will carry us through. When we can finally trust ourselves, we can gradually learn to trust our environment and be in flow with energy of the Universe. Faith, Trust, Understanding and Love connects us to our inner knowing, our intuitive and psychic insight about ourselves and our environment.

Personally, I have been through a lot, but once I faced my shadow: my fears, my anger, and my disappointments, I was finally able to release and accept myself more wholly than before. This reading helped me understand how and why Faith has been a strong underlying theme for me these past weeks: Whether or not we have Faith in Humanity and Faith in the Universe depends on whether or not we have Faith in Ourselves. So, do you have Faith? In Humanity, yourself, and the Universe?

Cards pictured are the Wooden Tarot by Andrew Liam Swartz and the Sacred Symbols Oracle Deck by Marcella Kroll

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Facing Frustrations and Letting Go to Grow

(cards pictured are the Sacred Symbols Oracle Deck by Marcella Kroll)

This past weekend I went through another emotional roller coaster of lows as I was unable to properly launch my Tarot business or my Periscope lecture series, then highs as I refilled myself with hope when I was encouraged by my teachers before and after their Spirit Circle, whence I came up with new ideas to work with, and eventually finished writing my first Ebook. I also remembered some certification courses online that I heard about in some online webinars and had been mildly interested in but had not gotten around to registering for them yet. So, while considering whether or not I should pay a couple hundred dollars for the online certifications for random things, i decided to get some readings at Learning Light before making the purchase. Hearing other people remind me that I already have my plate full and that I haven’t yet figured how to fit everything into my schedule and Complete my projects, then telling them about how I still have not finished these other online class series that I paid for; all of that helped me realized that I have to let some things go so I don’t overload myself and burn out again.

So I decided to forgo buying another load of classes I may never get around to watching and to just Stop shopping when I feel Lack. Instead, I will look inside myself, and clear the shadow that tells me I need more, speak to it and tell it that everything is ok because I have what I need inside of me. I have skills, analytical capabilities, and intuition that will get me through and help me reach my goals.

After deciding that, I pulled three cards, and these are what came out.

Disconnecting from what no longer serves me, cutting away all the excess and superficial layers that only burden me with their weight, so that I can grow out of the shell which confined me before. And finally be able to plant my feet on solid ground, knowing that I am strong and capable of anything I set my mind to.

Today I opened an email where Marie Forleo shares a talk she gave at SuperSoul Session on Oprah, and in it, she reminds us that everything is figure-out-able


When nothing seems to work out and you feel like a complete failure, remember that all is not lost. You have yourself, your body, mind, heart, and intuition.
You can utilize all these to Make things work out.
Let go of the ego’s urge to be perfectionistic
Let go of the ego’s urge to keep all the things that don’t fit into your schedule, and any other trivialities in life
Return to your center, feel and understand what you need. Understand and Know what you need.
Reset your plans and clear up any extraneous subquests that detour away from the final Goal
Set a more Clear path to the go
Asses, Reset, Rest, Reboot, Restart
Grow

Life is a learning experience, we live, we learn, we grow. Even when it feels like we are taking a few steps back, we are still moving forward.


Cleaning Up & Self Care

On March 8 there was a Super New/Dark Moon Solar Eclipse. It was the First of 6 Super Moons in 2016. The New/Dark Moon brings New Beginnings and for new ventures to start, the ones that no longer serve us must be discontinued. It is not only rational but also an emotionally nourishing element of self care. Time to Clean House! Wherein I tidy up the discord and dust away the distractions in order to make way for more purposeful action and more conscious decision making.

Today I vacuumed, cleaned the toilets, swept & mopped the floors, and re-organized some things. I am so relieved to have my house clean again after a month of crazy activity. While cleaning, I though of the cards Clean it Up and Chop Wood from Colette Baron-Reid‘s Wisdom of the Oracle deck.

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I like using it to ask for suggestions and lately I keep getting the Fork in the Road card.

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I have been fairly confused about this one, as I have been Very active lately: became more public and active about my cartomancy, attended events and workshops on spirituality, consciousness, and divination, started volunteering at local non-profits and did work trade for several businesses and people, changed my business/income career focus, made new personal connections and closed some other. With all my activity, I have been so busy that I felt scattered and could not understand what “fork” or choice(s) this was referring to. When I realized that I needed to regain my power by drawing back into myself. I automatically cut cords, and got to work cleaning house, physically re-organizing my environment, and while undergoing this mundane task, I let my heart and mind slowly settle into each other, to think. Through meditative actions, my mind clears itself by focusing on the Present, the task at hand, the Cleaning of the my house, my living space, my outside, so that within me, the same shall come about.

Self-Care

  • To clean up connections, I find areas [of volunteer work and work trade] which are drawing too much time & energy from me and severe my connection. So there are no contracts & no commitments.
  • To clean up my task list, I physically list and mentally peruse all my dream projects and consider where they are in their state of completion, then I discontinue what is no longer serving me and or what I am Obviously not able to complete.
  • To clean up personal connections, I stop worrying about [un-involved] adults in my life (distant friends, acquaintances & co-workers) and let them take care of themselves. It is not my place to or my job to care for them.
  • To nourish the heart & soul, I make time to engage in activities I enjoy and cook food i love to eat.
  • To fill the heart, I make time to engage in bonding activities with family & friends who love me and whom I love. Together we grow, as our hearts feed each other and nourish the body and soul.

So I have reduced my volunteering and stopped all work trade that was taking too much energy. This gives me more time to focus on business/income related responsibilities and also more time for nourishing the heart and working on my network infrastructure. This may sound cold and technical, but as human beings, we Are social creatures, and thus need social infrastructure to build upon. It is vast, often unseen, and many of us benefit from this without even noticing or appreciating it’s existence. We may think of just co-workers and customers, but much of it involves the unseen work that women(and unappreciated workers) do (title of that post is due to how traditionally, women are given these roles). This extends out into the business world including All service industry employees, working behind the scenes to make sure rooms are cleaned, towels are washed, lawns are cut, trees are trimmed, your food is completed and given to you, and everything is ready to be used so that we can do Our work and make decisions without being distracted by mundanes tasks of the physical realm. As I digress I think of a book called How Starbucks Saved My Life, in which everything was taken away from the author in order for him to realize how much he had to be thankful for.

At the end of the day, when we fulfilled our responsibilities and completed what tasks we could, we settle down and relax, then we think of everything we have, had and want. Then we think of what is in our life, what adds to it, what makes gives us joy, all that is, big and small, and we are Thankful. It is in this moment of gratitude that we can truly appreciate life.

I leave you with a photo of an experimental strawberry bottom cheesecake I made.

strawberry bottom cheesecake