That Alternative Angle

             When I walked in to my (still not fully unpacked, nor completely finished) office tonight I was directed immediately to one of our most dynamic (and controversial) sets.  Every time I get this kind of strong pull, I know it’s an extremely important message.

             This, as we say, was a sign.  So, let’s listen to it, be grateful, intentional, and enjoy the gift.

             Some cards are better off reversed.  The upside-down aspect helps us to see both sides of the what the Universe wants us to focus on.  This is one of those examples.

osho zen tarot

“7 of Fire  ~  Stress

Action

The quality of stress represented by this image visits all of us at times, but perfectionists are particularly vulnerable to it.

We create it ourselves, with the idea that without us nothing will happen . . . . especially in the way we want it to.

Well, we are asked, what makes us so special?  Do we think the sun won’t rise in the morning unless we personally set the alarm? 

We are being directed to go for a walk, buy a small present, fix ourselves a nice meal – anything ‘unimportant’ will do.  Just to put ourselves out of the reach of Stress.”

             I love that this came up as contrary.  It means that we have already begun our “turn” in the proper direction.  We’ve already seen how small things make a big difference.  We have taken the steps needed for learning this lesson.

             Also, I am truly appreciative of the reminder about “unimportant” bits.  Stopping to see the beauty around us, counting our blessings, noticing the tiny joys in our day-to-day-ness, those are the true important parts of this journey.  Those are the best forms of de-stressing.

             When we set down our juggling plates and our burning candles, we realize what little value they actually had.  Because now, our hands are free to do so many more, better, things.

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is this additional view from our adventure last week.

             When we go to other places, we always look for the museums, the cultural and interpretive centres, the history.

astoria history

              Yes, we stopped to read all of the plaques.  We even brought back a few souvenirs.  (And, of course, books.)

 

 

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Continuing Our (Inner) Education

             Last night was not one of my better sleeping moments.  And into this morning, it only improved slightly.  (I would love to have stayed in bed another several hours.)

             On top of that, the Universe has assigned us homework.  (Homework!  A thinking message, for fucksake!)  It’s a job we must really contemplate, and probably even take notes on.

Scholarship

             To be our best and most evolved selves, we have to always be learning, expanding, seeking, growing.   One way to accomplish this is to interact and connect with fascinating people.

             That’s our task.  Put together a list of ten (10!  Not 3 or seven, but TEN) people (alive, dead, real, fictional, doesn’t matter) who we’d like to study with.  Have open and complete access to.

             Is there someone you’ve always wanted to ask a question of?  I remember, about a million years ago, my father-in-law and I had a conversation with this very theme.  He said he would most like to sit down with Leif Erickson.

             My own list won’t include any Vikings, but it will probably have several ancestors and family members.  Plus a few “big names” from religious history, just so I could get real truths and hear accounts first-hand.

             We don’t have a daily draw.  I was directed, instead, to show you this illustration from (the late) Sylvia Browne’s Heart and Soul deck.

heart and soul deck

             The other part of this message is about focus.  We are being instructed in the art of concentration.  Like a meditative moment, this composing of a list is intended for us to probe our subconscious.

             Do we want to learn about adventuring or history?  Do we need to know what really happened?  Are we curious about our own background and family stories?  Who would be the most fun to just sit down with over snacks and drinks?

             Partly too, I believe, is for us to allow our minds to be creative and open.  Day-dreaming is good for us.  As is finding out what we most enjoy.  And who, we’d like to take along for the ride.

             Here’s some excellent “thinking” music.

             (I’m constantly in search of great tunes for my pool classes, as you know.  A friend recently loaned me this one on CD, and I’ve been playing it for days.)

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And speaking of family…

So Em has this little orphan she is carting around.  (Max is a very funny dog!)  We don’t know his lineage, his history, or who his parents were.  This got her thinking about where she comes from.  Having the father she does, he produced several index cards; a lovely, albeit rustic-looking family tree; and some ‘background’ stories.  All very promptly, and all about things that were new to her.  He is now on the hunt for more facts.  Specifically knowledge of my own dad’s mother and her family.  My Nana’s genetics are where we get our great cheek bones and our Native American blood-line.  Sadly, there isn’t much in writing about this particular branch.  A lot like my own mother’s people.  Great stories, but nearly nothing written down.  Outlaws, banditos, dirt farmers, Oakies, mixed blood Indians (not the kind from India), Danish miners (one of whom died in a bar fight), a slim Jewish connection, and then all those Catholics too.  It’s interesting, and fascinating, and just turns history in to real life.  Where Max comes from is a mystery, but where we come from is full of great characters and many nations.

Names of places are fun.

One of my all time favorite place names is Pea Patch Island.  I don’t know a lot about it, but it’s not as cheery a place as it sounds.  It’s history includes some kind of detention during (or possibly after) the Civil War.  But it is still fun to say.