the heart of the matter
The Ten of Wands
This week many of us may be feeling burdened, blocked or hopeless. We can lessen the suffering by accepting the ups and downs of life. These are necessary for the full human experience.
Remember that everything is impermanent, whether that be emotions, situations and even relationships.
Do something different. Have courage and allow it.
The Challenge Card is what challenges the Heart of the Matter, so this week it's indicating what we can do to support ourselves if we are feeling burdened blocked or hopeless.
The Six of Swords suggests we take time to rest, revitalise and surround ourselves with joyful friends. Remember what is working in your life. There is always light and dark in every moment. When our mind gets stuck on on either light or dark we lose balance. Embrace both within your life.
If you find your mind getting stuck on the dark side this week, notice where there is light, however small. Look around, there is always simple and beautiful if you look for it.
the root cause
The Root Cause this week of us feeling burdened, blocked or hopeless is indicated as overwhelm, and too much discipline & strategy generally associated with our work or career.
We need to begin to ask for help, rely on others, even if it is as simple as going out with someone for dinner, for a walk or to hang on the couch and watch your favourite TV series. Do something unplanned. Do something out of the usual routine.
And perhaps ask yourself; what am I working for? What feeling am I hoping to achieve? Does the way I currently approaching my work align with this feeling? How can I bring more of this feeling into my life now, rather than waiting for the elusive future to arrive?
The Fool is not a negative card, it describes that part of you that is willing to be spontaneous and innocent. Who is willing to take risks and be seen as a fool.
Begin to connect to a time in your past where you were free to be the Fool. When you were willing to step outside your comfort zone and be spontaneous, excited and naive. Begin to bring that part of yourself back into your every day life, especially in relation to work. Give up being so planned and strategic. Take the pressure off and be willing to be the Fool again.
Do you feel a sense of responsibility that is weighing you down, causing you to have no joy in your work? You have people to provide for or societal or economic pressures that you've been allowing to influence your beliefs about whether you can enjoy what you do.
You believe you just have to get on with it. Like the Mother of Pentacles who's identity becomes wrapped up entirely around her children and home, you've lost the "why" you are doing what you're doing.
Like the Root Cause above again ask yourself; what am I working for? Generally it is a feeling. It is an illusion that we are working for others or because we must. Reconnect with the feeling you want to access. Is it harmony, success, stability, happiness?
Let go of thinking there is something wrong with your situation this week, don't add additional suffering, acknowledge where there is light in your life, however small, reconnect with the feeling of why you do what you do, let go of strategy and plans, do something different this week, something spontaneous, something foolish and you will come out triumphant!
You will access your inner warrior, the courage to ride this week through, with no resistance and head towards all that you dream of!
Have you been caught up in melodrama? Do you succumb to victim consciousness. Be aware this week. As this week may be one where you could feel burdened, blocked or hopeless, don't get caught in this cycle of adding more suffering.
But remember, there is nothing wrong with getting caught in this thinking. You are human, you know. (You do know that don't you ;-) But just catch yourself. Be aware. Notice when your mind goes there and use this week to change the pattern.
Notice it. Have compassion. Shift your focus.
Suggested affirmation: "This is not me, it is my mind pattern. I am this present moment." Take a breath, look around, see the simplicity, see the beauty. Ahhh there you are.
Again the Four of Swords is indicating it's time to take rest and be observant. The environment can look menacing this week, it's easy to look outside ourselves and blame our environment for the discomfort, but take the road that will make a bigger difference to you in the long run.
Go inward. Take extra time to meditate this week. Or go for a walk without your phone and be present with what you see, feel and hear. Allow this week's hardships to make a progressive difference in your life. Be open to the possibility.
your hopes, dreams, fears
What you Hope for can also be something you may Fear. The Nine of Cups is about dreams and wishes coming true.
If you gave up adding more suffering to your situation this week, if you stepped into feeling how you want to feel, if you started being more spontaneous this week, acting the fool, if you spent a little more time going within what would transform in your life? Is that something you're yearning for but perhaps a little afraid of what you may have to change to create it?
Sit with those feelings. Again, don't resist. Allow your fear to be there. Acknowledge it. As you feel into it, space will arise and then your hopes will be possible.
This card confirms the flavour of this week is going to be one of blockage. There are currently two opposing forces within you that do not allow forward movement this week. Perhaps two opposing belief systems. Yes, I can have all that I desire - No I can't have all I desire. Yes, I can enjoy my work - No, I just have to do what's required. Yes, I can rest and relax - No, I have too much to do.
Again, time to really prioritise rest, to go within, spend time with friends, give up the strategy and planning, give up the solutions, don't add more suffering by resisting the uncomfortable.
Remember; to experience the Light of Day we must have the Darkness of Night. Is the night wrong? No. The night is time for rest. Embrace it's qualities.
suggestions of support for this week
- Take all judgement off the uncomfortable this week. If you're feeling crappy (overwhelmed, blocked, hopeless, fearful) allow yourself to feel the sensations in the body, get to know crappy. Don't try to fix or change it.
AFFIRM (write on a sticky note): "I welcome this feeling. It's allowing me to practice being with all the shades of life and to not create more suffering for myself. This will be a valuable skill that will make a massive difference in my life."
- This week, set a reminder for yourself in your phone each day to stop and look around in the moment. Acknowledge the little things that are going right, however small. Even if just the sunlight through the window.
- Connect with the feeling you're wanting to create in your work life. Why are you doing what you're doing? It will be a feeling. You want to feel abundant, safe, secure, worthwhile. Begin to contemplate this. See what arises for you.
- Give up planning just this week. Be spontaneous. Connect with your past self when you weren't afraid of being the Fool. Bring him/her back into your life.
- Notice when you start to think in victim or melodrama. Notice it. Have compassion. Gently shift your focus.
AFFIRM (write on sticky note): "This is not me, it is my mind pattern. I am this present moment."
Take a breath, look around, see the simplicity, see the beauty. Ahhh there you are.
Plan time to meditate this week. Even if it's only once.
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