Tuesday, August 2, 2011

8/2/11—Doing and Not Being

Today's Draw: Eight of Cups from the Tarot of Transformation—Human Doing. Do you get so caught up in doing that you forget to just "be"? Have you ever asked yourself what, besides money, is your payoff in doing so? What reality are you trying to escape from?

I'm going to keep this short today because I'm feeling sick. But this card is about getting over-involved in doing. Society teaches us that our value is in what we do and what we contribute to the world in a tangible form. Instead of being a human being, we become a human doing. Like a trained laborer, plodding through life without ever experiencing who they are...just what they do. 

When you focus so tightly on what you do, you neglect to focus on what you feel. And, subconsciously, maybe that's your point. It's a convenient way to keep from getting hurt. But it's also a convenient way to keep from living...from connecting to spirit...from attending to others...from facing the unpalatable reality you've created. And the problem with escaping reality, whether through drugs or keeping busy or other means that relieve you of balance, is that the problems don't go away if you ignore them. They usually get worse.

This isn't just about being swallowed by your career. It's about being swallowed by whatever you might do in excess. Whatever you might do to avoid. This card comes as a signal to get us to look at our relationship with doing—and that neglected "inner you"—and get to the root of why you might do this.

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