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Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely – Albert Einstein

three of wands tarotWands in Tarot are of the minor arcana, they represent fire  – the life force, creativity, spirit. 3’s represent growth, movement and expansion.

Here we see a voyager cloaked in the travel robes standing at the top of a mountain with his back to his past, looking into the distant waters (future).

He has moved from the Two of wands, the stage of intentional focus and activity.  He is now holding on firmly to the third wand. Ready for clear focused action.

We see a bright yellow sky and distant lands. This indicates that he is about to head to a foreign land or to a place he has never explored, somewhere entirely new, full of opportunity.

The 3rd wand is symbolic here, it represents the fire – the will, that is required to move forward. Notice how the two wands of the past are firmly grounded behind him, but not necessary to take with him. He has truly moved from the stage of the two of wands, from the past.

He has reached the top of the mountain and is observing his plans from a larger view. His vision is expansive as he watches the ships come and go (trade, business, movement). He is standing firm and steady which represents the readiness for an adventure into the unknown.

liberation 3 of wandsThis card is infused with a steady sense of liberation. Whatever you have been focusing on is ready for its fruition. It omens success and good fortune, a spring in the step and an energy of confidence in the impending adventures.

This card is often related to travel and new horizons. Yet, one that has the backing of a well established sense of intention and decision making.

In love or relationship, the 3 of wands is a positive affirmation. It symbolises growth and development within the relationship. In an acquiescent and prosperous love relationship a feeling of liberation is ever present. This card signifies a time of expansion within a relationship. It could mean a commitment or a proposition of some kind. A declaration that sets the relationship to higher spiritual level. There is the promise of great happiness in this union.

3 of wands loveIt could literally mean a love formed with someone from a distant land and you are deciding where to go from here. If so it signifies that you will be able to be together. That a decision will be made whereby you will be together.

Alternately, it could be pointing to someone who is unlike anyone you have met previously. Creating feelings or growth that have not been experienced in your prior love relations. Usually a spiritual love. One that gives you the space to expand, express and live deeply in your authenticity. It is a YES card for a love query.

If you have been in or have moved out of an an unhealthy relationship or have been wanting to leave the 3 of Wands is a green light card – It will often omen a person of a different culture – a person who has learned the lessons from unhealthy relationship is here to show you a different way.

In business or projects it often portends success in overseas or foreign trade. It could be referring to a new business, that is foreign to you. But, often it is the go ahead for an opportunity that will arise from a distant land. It is affirming that this will be an opportunity for growth and diversity within your current ambitions.

authenticity 3 of wands

Spiritually the 3 of wands wants you to pat yourself on the back. You will or could be experiencing inner pearls that will be expanding your sense of authenticity and will be seeing tangible results. With the 3rd wand held in your hand, you should be able to experience an integrated sense of fulfillment, Almost as though the wand is magic.

It is not, well it is, but it has come about from the work you have put in since the two of wands met you on your path. The 3rd wand is very much a manifestation of the inner work you have undergone. A tool that you have mastered and now can use to help you move through the new life you have created for yourself. You can trust your inner language, your intuition and your self .

Warm blessing

Megan

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As many of you may have noticed I have moved away from tarot much since this site began.

It’s funny, as I have begun to undergo my own awakening and self growth and learning through my holistic counseling,  I have found that many people require healing as much as they yearn for guidance through tarot.

This is not to say that tarot does not have its place (I promise my next post will be tarot focused :). I am excited to go through the minor Arcana). It’s more that support and development sometimes requires more.

The tarot is a great tool for guidance but self mastery and healing are being shown to me as  much needed with people undergoing awakening and dissatisfaction in a society that has become empty of heart. And my Dharma/Karma is ever leading me to enrichen my knowledge and practice.

Why Mindfulness?

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama

Mindfulness is an enriching process of creating positive life altering changes, that if continued, will effect your well being and life forever. Mind, body and spirit.

Take a deep breath in and be aware of how this idea feels. Breathe into it and be with it. Now let it go.

You’ve done it. Your first mindfulness practice, easy wasn’t it?

Practicing mindfulness Over a few weeks you will deepen your inner connection. You will experience shifts in your inner life, your brain will begin to create new neural pathways, your body will experience healing and repair and your spirit will be lifted (literally).

Mindfulness is an Ancient Buddhist practice that basically means: The ability to focus one’s attention on the present moment. To be aware without judgment and to be with whatever is arising.

It uses the principles of:
relaxation
acceptance
compassion
and surrender to move our minds from the endless chatter into a more peaceful and useful state.

When we become aware of our thoughts we can choose how we respond to them. This is where acceptance comes in – being present to what arises without judgment, just being with it – cultivates acceptance. Acceptance of what is. When we accept what is happening, we begin to disengage the struggle, the resistance, the fight. This is a fundamental principle of mindfulness. It is what opens the pathway to a loving kindness (compassion) for the self, which heals us, and for surrender (letting go).

It is important to note that surrender in Buddhist philosophy does not contain negative connotations that we in the Western world have attributed to it. It means to let go of attachments (of the mind) to something. In this case a thought or a feeling.

We become aware of it – we be with it – we meet it with loving kindness – we let it go.

Most people are living, acting, reacting from their subconscious mind. Mindfulness brings these subconscious thoughts to the surface, so that we can begin to move from a new and better informed place.

Research shows that the brain is elastic, meaning it is able to change. This change occurs through practical measures. By repeating something over and over we change the neural pathways in our brain, we change our subconscious patterns and we begin to create new ones. But this takes time and practice.

Mindfulness  practice that uses techniques that help us begin to become aware and abiding in the present moment. But, we can also take it a step further, to change the negative patterns and behaviours, and bring in more success promoting thoughts and beliefs. By using techniques that create new and transformative mind suggestions so we can begin to manifest success in ways we never thought possible.

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In the mean time I am open to any comments about which minor arcana tarot card you would like me to indulge in the next post 🙂

Warm blessings

Megan

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Psychologists and researchers are finding extraordinary results in people overcoming depression and anxiety, as well as creating an inner peace and happiness through mindfulness practice.

mindfulness course onlineSo what exactly is causing mindfulness, the ancient Buddhist practice, to benefit our health, psyche, and overall quality of life?

Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn asked the same question in the late 70’s and began applying mindful practice in a clinical setting to patients. His work showed substantial improvement in people suffering from pain, often of an acute nature. This lead to a collaborative research program with another scientist Richard Davidson.

It is important to say here that the Eastern traditions have been using this with great success and deep understanding for many thousands of years. Although they do not use western scientific methods to explain it or to advocate it, they have in-depth literature and practical measures of experiential evidence to show its effectiveness. Yoga for instance (not the postures, but the true yoga – meditation) is considered a science of the mind as is Buddhism.

It’s a bit like an eight month pregnant woman having to show a medical certificate to a government agency to prove she is pregnant! But, here we are in a reductionist western society, trying to prove traditional knowledge through a measured microscope – Sorry for the extraneous wandering here – I promise it was in non-judgemental awareness 🙂

online mindfulness courseSo it is with blessings that contemporary science, health and philosophy experts are uncovering the healing and beneficial aspects of anchoring the mind in a concentrated state.  And, considering the sophisticated view (of the Buddhists) of the mind and body being a natural system that can be transformed into optimal well-being. Measurably.

In simple terms, studies show that intentionality is key – the ways we purposefully move our inner focus of intention in Mindfulness practice (or meditation) generates an event of brain activity that when repeated becomes a persistent state. Which in part creates long term changes in the brain’s structure and functioning in the individual practitioner – Neuroplasticity.
Be Here Now
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It has been proven time and time again, that this practice of mind focus – which includes non judgemental presence with what is – so shall we say mindlessness, is effecting changes for the better in mental and physical pain. It seems that if we stop the thoughts about a thing – our sore leg or our broken heart, we give our body and mind the opportunity to self heal.
Bringing us in contact with a sense of peace (what I like to call the sixth sense) we can then approach our physical or mental anguish with a new o’plastic perception.

 “I think, therefore I am” – René Descartes

It is important here to understand what the mind is. I love that science and neurology are stepping up. But, is the mind located in the brain alone? Big one!

rumi seeking quote mindfulnessAs Elanor Roche (Psychologist/researcher -university of California- Berkley) states:

“To try to isolate and manipulate single factors that actually operate only systemically is like killing a rabbit and dissecting it to look for its aliveness”

Well let’s go back to the Buddhists – a step ahead of science –   and consider for a moment — what the tradition considers the mind to be.

Let’s go the direct path – straight to the Dalia Lama. In his recent talk on ‘What is the Mind’  at Cambridge MA, USA, The Dalia Lama states this:

” In general, the mind can be defined as an entity that has the nature of mere experience, that is, “clarity and knowing.” It is the knowing nature, or agency, that is called mind, and this is non-material. But within the category of mind there are also gross levels, such as our sensory perceptions, which cannot function or even come into being without depending on physical organs like our senses. And within the category of the sixth consciousness, the mental consciousness, there are various divisions, or types of mental consciousness that are heavily dependent upon the physiological basis, our brain, for their arising. These types of mind cannot be understood in isolation from their physiological bases.”

einsteins mindfulnessLet’s devour this into a delicious osmosis of Western succinct nutshellery, in the present moment – The mind is consciousness, whole to all it’s parts seen and unseen, unconscious and conscious.

This would lead into the middle path. The idea that mindfulness practice is relative to the whole of ourselves – mind, body and spirit. Spirit (or the unconscious) the part or wave that science has yet to grasp measurably. Yet, one that only practice or experience can bring us closer to.

Although growth is never static, nor is science we can accept that with a snuggling up to a non-judgemental present awareness with our being that we will be happier, more peaceful and less resistant to the knowledge of our true self.

Blessings

Megan

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