Thursday, January 20, 2011

1/20/11—Pursuing a Spiritual Mission

Today's Draw: Warrior Ten from Tarot of the Sidhe by Emily Carding. Are you actively engaged in a spiritual mission or pursuit? What is the spiritual purpose behind your goals and dreams? Is this something you've considered before or is spiritual stuff best save for Sundays?
First of all, I want to acknowledge that Emily's deck just came out and people are only just now receiving it. So congratulations to my FBF! She is also the woman who did that transparent deck that I used for my Christmas Weekend Reading vi...deo.

That said, Tarot of the Sidhe is a non-traditional deck and the Warrior Ten equates to the 10 of Wands. It shows a Sidhe, or spiritual being, bridging two cliffs with his arms. There is a light side of this card with a sun and dark side with a dark moon. Humans are on the right side, crossing to meet the higher spiritual beings that come from the side with starry skies and the moon. The card bears the words, "The Great Task" and it is accompanied by a poem:

Who thinks of the sacrifice as they cross?
Who weeps for knowledge of the bridge's loss?
He knows the task is worth the pain,
His suffering is for greater gain

So you can interpret this how you like. The people are crossing over to greet the world of spirit on "his" back. Some may consider that Jesus. Some might consider it the earth or universal forces...a fairy king or an angel. Whatever it is, it's a means by which we meet spirit, take on a higher purpose and pursue a personal journey of learning and service to our world. The part of "he knows the task is worth the pain" can also apply to us. Spiritual journey requires us to become more honest with ourselves, which can also bring pain. It requires patience and re-molding. We also have loss, but for a greater gain.

So what is that for you? I rarely come out and state this, but I do feel a calling to bring people closer to their spiritual pursuit. I really don't care what religion what religion you are, some things are universal. Reverence is universal. Self knowledge is universal. Prayer/meditation is universal. My message to people out there is that spirituality isn't written in a book, it's felt in the heart. And sometimes what's felt in the heart isn't something that everyone can agree upon, but it's how spirit and your god sing to you. And that's OK. It's really OK. I know so many people who have put religion aside and, with it, their faith and spirituality. You can have love and faith and grace in your life without dogma, if that's what feels right for you. You don't have to "follow the rules", because if you look around you, there are many sets of rules. They can't all be right. The only set that can be right is the one that comes from within and that's different for each person.

Anyway, this is why I do these posts. Well, I like doing these posts...haha. But also I want people to question themselves and get used to looking inside. We spend so much time looking outside of us for cues on how to be. It's time we put more effort into taking those cues from within. So this is what's behind these posts. It's what's behind the books I somehow never work on. It's what's behind my attraction to tarot. It permeates every part of my life, including my work life...more than my clients will ever know. My spirituality is not something that is not saved for certain times, it permeates every moment of my day. Certainly I'm not perfect or always balanced or anything like that. But my beliefs keep me constantly challenged to be better to myself and those around me. OK. I could go on and on. What's your story?

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