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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Advancing.

             What we began with yesterday’s message, was a jumping-off point for what I was shown today.  The Tortoise And Hare fable wasn’t the image I saw, but it was what the scenes reminded me of, and what they represented.

Steady forward momentum.

             When we set our goal, then make (loose!) plans for getting it in  motion, we’ve started a process.  We have prepared for the next turning point in our journey.

              As we travel along, keeping this intention in mind, continuing the actions and attitude which will aid in its manifestation, well then, that’s some impressively steady progress.

             For more encouragement, let’s look at our daily draw.  Still within the regular rotation around our card altar, we are being shown that this recommended method is exactly the way to keep ourselves balanced and on the correct path.

"Stress  ~ 7  ~  Fire: Action  ~"

Stress ~
7 ~ Fire: Action ~

             Appearing in the Contrary position, we’re being reminded of how well we CAN manage the chaos and stress in our lives.  We’ve already begun to do exactly that by our forward momentum.

             We are stronger than whatever it is we are facing, or trying to juggle.  Our balance is not as precarious as the character in this illustration.  By staying calm and keeping our focused intention, we won’t be anything like these guys.

Today’s Deck:

Osho Zen Tarot

Today’s Sharing:

is this view, from my living room, not an hour ago.

Do we look like we're having fun?  Because we ARE!

Do we look like we’re having a good time? Because we ARE!

             Thanks, Karen Buys, for coming down to have dinner with us.  Don’t forget: Fun and Self-Care!