Today's Draw: Patience from the Osho Zen Tarot in the Heart of the Matter position from the Deck of 1000 Spreads. Do you feel unable to move forward on something you want? Are you impatient for an outcome in some situation? Are you afraid that, if you don't keep busy, you'll lose everything you've worked so hard to achieve?
Just last Friday we had a similar message when we got the Hanged Bird/Man. On Friday we talked about time in suspension and going with the flow of delays. And this card says much the same thing—sometimes all you can do is wait.
We consider waiting to be a passive process. Like we're doing nothing. And when we have something we want to accomplish, we don't want to "do nothing". We want to make sure we've done everything we can to make our goal possible. But consider that waiting is one of the things under the heading "doing everything we can".
In a couple of weeks, lots of people will be roasting a turkey. You'll brine the turkey overnight. You'll season the skin and rub it with butter. You'll make stuffing and stuff it. You'll place it in a roasting pan. And you'll put it in the oven. Then what do you do? You wait. And while you wait, you get hungry. And you check on the turkey. And you see the internal temperature is 100 degrees.
And what does that mean? It means you have wait longer. Take the turkey out now and everyone dies a quick and horrible death of raw bird meat. And you don't want that. So you check it every five minutes, but it doesn't seem to be cooking any quicker. So you wait some more. Then you're sick and tired of waiting and check and the temperature is 130 degrees. Who cares if everyone dies? You want meat. And you want it NOW.
So you decide to take out the turkey and microwave it. That will show the turkey! Because you've got to do SOMETHING. You can't just sit idly by. Everything else is cooked and ready to go. Now it's time you got the turkey you worked hard all morning to prepare, dammit!
So you rip off the flaccid, not yet browned skin, you wrench off a breast, still raw in the middle and you toss it in the microwave until the meat turns white and has deposited a watery sludge on the plate that you'll tell yourself are juices. Then you microwave the stuffing. And then it's time for "here's your effin Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you're happy!"
Just imagine how different the result would be if you had done the one most important thing you can do when roasting a turkey—nothing. Just wait until it's 165 degrees or the timer pops or whatever. That's all a perfect turkey asks you to do, frankly. It doesn't even care if you baste it. It just asks you to wait.
And that's all our dreams and intentions and manifestations ask of us, too. To do all the prep work, then hand the rest over to the universe and wait. Don't try to rush it along. Don't do anything. Just wait until it's perfectly cooked. Even if you're anxious. Even if you're ready to move forward. And even if you figured 20 minutes per pound for a 10 pounder and it's been in for 3.5 hours and still isn't done. Wait.
Society has us trained to think that do-do-do is the way you get things. And that waiting or being "unproductive" is akin to laziness. But like the pregnant woman in the picture, sometimes waiting is the most productive and necessary part of the process. And sometimes being over-productive can ruin endanger the very thing we want to create.
So if you're in a situation where you feel unable to move forward or impatient for results or—and this is a big one—pushing toward something and circumnavigating situations in any way possible out of fear of not doing enough, then consider that the most important thing you can do to ensure success is to just sit back and wait. It's not the lazy or nonchalant thing to do, rather it's the necessary thing to do if you really want your vision to come to life.