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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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Daily Reading and Reflection for March 3, 2016 : Trust Work Transformation

Today was a busy day!

I love using Marcella Kroll‘s Sacred Symbols Oracle Deck!
0302Daily Reading
Today is a day of Focused Work done for the purpose as Tranformation and Beautiful blossoming of my spirit as i Metamorphosize into a new creature, the one representing this next phase of my life, or current phase, when i shed the cocoon of the past. What grounds me is Love, from my surroundings, the divine support of the Universe, encouraging me as i bustle about my day. Ultimately, this day will ease my storm and all that has gathered inside the self and outside, around me.

It was a busy day: preparing for a job interview, meeting people who were taking some of my overgrown plants, and calling to discuss a freelancing appointment. I only had time for physical therapy because a tutoring client cancelled. I am Really thankful i was given this time to do physical therapy since it has been 2 weeks since the last time i worked it. Then right when i was wondering about money, another student schedule a last minute class tomorrow. Thank You Universe! After finishing my physical therapy workout i quickly ate three bags of snacks before rushing over to class. I find out that class is cancelled, but by the grace of the universe i was given a session with Rev. Danielle Marie as compensation (i can’t find her personal web page). This was my first time getting a reading from her and i was very curious since she is the founder of the Temple of Light. I chattered a lot when she first asked me about what i had questions on and my words traveled up and away from me. She brought us back and asked about why i wanted to connect to the 5th dimension. I want to know what to do when i am confused, feeling lost and or lonely and helpless. I want to receive guidance. I want to feel connected to the all that is.

She told me that the guides said my issue was Trust, and as i heard this i listed several external reasons as to why i could not trust the external. Then she brought me back and said that trust is an inner issue relating to the self. Do i trust that i know enough, do i trust that i have done enough, do i trust that i can feel ok with trusting others, do i trust that i can act properly when others do things that hurt us, do i trust that i will be capable of facing the awkward and painful situations in life, do i trust that i will be strong enough to break away from people who are toxic to me, Do I Trust The Universe to give me what i asked for.

Other points she touched on are Quiet Time & Patience: Can i trust, and wait for the Universe to give me what i have been working hard for, and not drop all my work and pick up something else to work on. Can i quiet my mind and patiently wait for the answer i seek to come to me. Am i comfortable with silence

At the end she let me pull a card (this is one of Stewart Pearce‘s decks, don’t remember the exact name)

Benediction

Benediction : blessings of support from the universe

Do i trust that i Deserve them? Do i trust that i am loved and worthy of them, and that they will come to me?

Can we trust ourselves enough to believe that we are Good Enough, that we are Better than Good Enough, that we are Unique to this time & place and that the Universe loves us and sends us love and support.

Can we trust enough to not block out the love, support and guidance?

This calmed my inner storm and i went home eager to cook and eat a healthy meal. While cooking i noticed pressure in my right nasal cavity, a periodic releases of pressure in that area. It could be the weather, something about my body today, or a representation of the clearing going on within me.

When i finish this i will get ready for bed and try this new meditation technique Rev. Danielle Marie also taught me 😀


Reading into the New Year! And a review of the past

While spending New Year’s Eve on the mountain, i did a reading using the Nature’s Whispers oracle deck.

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Nature’s Whispers Oracle Deck by Angela Hartfield Illustrated by Josephine Wall, published by Blue Angel Publishing

On the left side is a review of 2015: showing that a major milestone of 2015 was acceptance of love and allowing it to guide us, which resulted in rejecting romantic love. However, we did move ourselves to higher ground in order to look back on our problems from a better vantage point, allowing us to realize that they aren’t as big as we thought they were. This allowed us to focus on setting clear goals for ourselves and work towards them. What grounded us was a celebration of differences within us, around us, and amongst us. This appreciation allows us to deepen our understanding of the interconnected aspect everything in our lives and allows us to grow.

The right side is a preview of 2016: showing that we will move with and into intuition, as our heart, mind, body and soul are stationed in a perfect setting, we align with the natural flow of the universe and are open to the messages it give us. This perfect setting gives us jitters of endless positivity, wherein we are internally driving to work nonstop, thus overlooking the need to pause and take a break. This lack of recess blocks the supportive flow from the universe and as we charge forward too harshly, we are unable to take the time to notice the help that is offered, and often to busy to offer to help others. A major issue of 2016 is being able to laugh and not take everything so seriously, we will need to pause and relax in order to heal the burning drive with gentle humor that can bring us back to the present, and connect us with our inner self and those around us.

My word for 2016 is Manifestation, where everything will be actualized. All my plans and ideas will take physical form and i will burn with endless artistry. I know i will need to take a break, even when i don’t want to, and i just want to keep working to oblivion …. but i think back to the audio lecture from Arielle Ford that i recently listened to, wherein she had us calm down and connect to our higher self. One belief that i have to let go of, is the thought that everything has to be difficult … overworked and stressful … this habit of over working had ruined my love of dance and made me hate myself for too long. I am gradually letting this go and learning to not drive myself so hard. In 2015, the year of many realizations, i realized that what i needed would come to me when i finally stopped driving myself to the point of exhaustion … After working myself into depression and panic for many years, i Finally proceeded to let it go … taking baby steps at a time … from trying too hard to gradually being less pushy with myself and more selective of how i spent my time … instead of desperately grabbing at everything that falls from the sky, i only reach for what truly matters to me … letting everything else go. When i took a step back, breath, and looked at everything from a better place, i could finally resolve my feelings of anger & frustration, allowing myself to love & appreciate dance again, along with all that which is within myself. This ties into the next question i asked during my meditation: What do i need to do for myself these next few days in order to assist me in manifesting my goals: Rest. I kind of rested today … Kind Of … i started off watching webinars nonstop like usual, then took a break to meditate and say thanks while asking for guidance, i also made cayenne scented almond macaroons and candied walnuts [to share with my parents and siblings today], then i went back to knitting while watching more webinars, and i finished my flexibility work out before i ate dinner, and now i am working on this blog post 🙂 … this is my rest day, where i do what i enjoy and also brush up on what i am backlogged on. I also Finally got around to doing physical therapy yesterday … i was backlogged on that also.

Arielle Ford mentioned two statements that she learned and uses in meditation, and which i really connect with, will be using, and wanted to share:

  • In this moment, I have everything that I need : Taking a moment to say this and believe this will allow us to envision our dream life. As we ask ourselves: If I could do anything I wanted, what would it be? Once we know, we can create a goal and set the process into motion
  • Ask and you shall receive : spirit will offer guidance when we ask for it, they do not intervene without permission because they respect our free will
  • Gratitude
  • Love
  • Appreciation

So for New Years I was up on the mountain with my daughter watching a fire wyrm ski down the snowy slopes. It was the perfect way to ignite the fire of the new year. The next morning i drove to the lake side and walked on the edges of the frozen lake and played with some ice.

Fire & Ice

I also bought new cards! Themed poker cards: I Spy Game for the kiddies to play in the car and Edible Wilderness for foraging fun 😀

poker cards

And why the Nature’s Whispers oracle deck? Because i let my daughter choose which deck she wanted to bring to the mountain and this is the one she chose 🙂 I also brought my Deviant Moon deck which i use for public reading, but i wanted to try out using non-tarot decks more 🙂

Also a note on Reversals which people seem to have “trouble” with and avoid, especially when using “oracle cards”. We can not ignore the shadows and imagine that everything is light hearted and bright. The universe is a combination of light and darkness, and so are we, as individual human microcosms with our own biological and spiritual mini-ecosystems within us, mirroring the cosmos. I read reversals because i accept both light and shadow, both the negative and positive. When i first looked at my 2016 reading i was fearful and afraid that i may be facing a prediction of disempowerment and falling into fragility, but i took time to ponder over it and allow the teachings of the many life coaches and master teachers sink into my mind. I also had the chance to chat with a friend who coincidentally called me the day i’d decided to write this entry. This is not “doom and gloom”, it is a picture of challenges that only serve to make us stronger and help us grow.

And on the confusion regarding what the reversal is supposed to mean, look at it in context with the rest of the spread. What does it seem to say to you ie what would match with the rest of the cards? Look at the images and try to tell a story with them, including the reversed cards? (this latter tip is from a video interview of Mary K. Greer)

I did another reading about what to do to make the most of this next next year, i did not take a photo of this one, but my reading literally stated to “be your best self always” jump into the unknown future with “leap[s] of faith”. We may need to reduce the randomness of our adventures and not go in every single gateway that opens to us, as this would distract us and affect our ability to discern between egotistical whims and the needs of our true inner self. When we stare at the sun, it temporarily blinds us, as a flurry of light burns into our vision, we must calm the self and regroup our focus before we can move forward again. Trusting the universe to be there for us whether we are blind or able to see, take a deep breath, before plunging into the unknown depths of the deep … true darkness is as disorientating as pure light … either extreme will yield the same effect … We have but ourselves and our trust in what is to come.