Awesome New Meditation Track for You!

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my time with the Simbi community, offering music lessons, violin recordings, soundtracks, tarot readings, and more. I recently finished a 15-minute long meditation track for someone in the community, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this track — all thanks to the gorgeous Native American flute work of Alissa Skorik which I just couldn’t resist infusing into this meditative texture (definitely check out her debut album Eluna!).

Anyway, this particular single, Spirit Walk, is just a little something I assembled for meditation purposes, for creating a feeling of calming love and bliss. I’ve been using it (with various other meditation tracks, of course) when executing my new daily routine of Taichi Quigong Shibachi… more on that later… 😉

Hope you enjoy this lovely, soothing track as well! 🙂

Elemental Guidance

I love exploring the power and wisdom of the tarot’s court cards!

To begin understanding their complexity and potential guidance, let’s break down each element and its corresponding suit…

Fire (Wands): Energy, Ambition, Passion

Air (Swords): Thought, Mental Activity

Water (Cups): Emotion, Feelings

Earth (Pentacles, Disks, Coins): The Material World (including career, or any other physical surroundings)

It helps one to recall that “We can’t know anything outside our mind. Everything we see is contained within our mind. Thus, I am not in the world. The world is in me.” (— Haemin Sunim [@haeminsunim] March 8, 2017)

Thus, 3 out of the 4 elements are found originating within ourselves, and the material world is the recipient of whatever way we act out in response to these inner elements.

Continue reading Elemental Guidance

Stillness in the Storm

“When the sage walks, he leaves no footprints behind”…the sage leaves no traces of desire and attachment clinging to him as he lives from moment to moment. Life is flowing, always changing, and the sage never looks back…

Source : Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice, Dharma Publishing, College of Oriental Studies, 1975, PP104-112.

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Return of My Childhood Love of Crystals & Stones

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Center: Citrine; Top L to clockwise Bottom L: Amethyst, Garnet, Aquamarine, Blue Apatite

Why do we love crystals so much? Perhaps one reason is the way each crystal captures the light in its intricate structure, and each structure is unique. Then, the crystal sends that light (influenced through the crystal’s structure) to us. I always find crystals to be the most mesmerizing when seen through the Light. ☺️☀️💠

I’ve always loved crystals, gemstones, and rocks of all kinds. I used to have my own little geological collection growing up.

I suppose they’ve helped me feel connections to the Earth, each in their own unique way. Lately, I’ve had a personal renaissance of my fascination and study of crystals in my day-to-day, and I’ve enjoyed using combinations of certain stones to aid in meditation, tarot study, work, and more.

What are your favorite gemstones?

A Revised Study on the 3 Triangles

I’ve been really enjoying the process of studying the Tree of Life and gaining further understanding of the roles and attitudes of the 10 Sephirot. I’m telling you, nothing has helped me understand myself and the nature of Life and humanity like the Tales Tarot Tell and the rich gnosis found in the Kabbalistic Tree of Life!

So here is a rundown of the deeper understanding I’ve been gaining lately. Hope it might be of some help to you in your journey! 🙂

The Triangles:

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  • 1 is the Pureness of the Element or Knowledge.
    • Since it is the Source, it is the reverse and opposite of the funnels found in 6 and 9.
  • 2 has 2 Faces= receiving the purity of the Element (from beyond the conscious/unconscious mind) and sharing that purity with the rest of the Sephirot… Without any further thought or deductive reasoning on the matter! It is the furtherance of an idea that is inspired or taught; Nothing extra added.
  • 3:

    Binah is ‘intuitive understanding’, or ‘contemplation’…On a psychological level, Binah is “processed wisdom,” also known as deductive reasoning. It is davar mitoch davarunderstanding one idea from another idea. While Chockmah is intellect that does not emanate from the rational process (it is either inspired or taught), Binah is the rational process that is innate in the person which works to develop an idea fully. (Source)

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  • 4 & 5:

    Chesed and Gevurah act together to create an inner balance in the soul’s approach to the outside world. While the “right arm” of Chesed operates to draw others near [think, Mercy and Lovingkindness], the “left arm” of Gevurah reserves the option of repelling those deemed undeserving [think Judgment]. (Source)

  • The Ethical Triangle is the triangle of Intention.

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Hod (8) is explained as an analogy – that instead of “conquering” an obstacle in one’s way, (which is the idea of Netzach [7]), subduing oneself to that “obstacle” is related to the quality of Hod. (Source)

 

  • Hod is considered “prayer”; Netzach is considered “fortitude,” “long suffering,” or “endurance”…
  • The Astral Triangle is the triangle of Action.

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6 and 9 are both filters and balancers for their respective triangles…

6 receives all from the prior journey and passes it down to 9…

9 then receives all from prior journey and filters and passes it on to the Physical Form of Reality (10), creating the RESULT

 

Embrace the Happy Child

These past couple of days I received two very meaningful readings. Both focused on the Page (or Princess) of Disks.

I love my deck’s depiction of her; she just seems so happy and in her element… 🙂

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Our featured Earth-Princess is card #1 in the top spread, card #3 in the bottom spread.

Both readings focus on embracing and responding to the Completion and Success found in my life at this moment in time. In other words, let this be a time of rest, not of struggle or turmoil.

The top reading includes advice to understand and embrace the knowledge that Change is the Universal Constant. Things will change and grow, and my circumstances will not always remain as they are. And that’s a good thing. 🙂

The second reading anticipated the struggle I’d have today with my Emotions and my Thoughts: that emotions will have a tendency to throw my thoughts into imbalance, and vice-versa.

But, in spite of that struggle, my subconscious encourages me to remain in my childlike security and joy, resting in the stability of the Earth and my Successes this far.

Skepticism & Spirituality

I am, day by day, more a practical realist. (Being raised in unfounded, literalist belief systems that have damaging real-world and bodily consequences will do that to you.)

But, at the same time, I consider myself deeply, psychologically spiritual. We must remember that our opinions, observations, and views of the world around us will be colored by our own mental predispositions. Perhaps that is a part of what human “spirituality” ultimately is: constantly reminding our own selves that our mind is the influencer of everything we consider after we first take it in, and that, afterwards, our mind will use its penchant for patternsimage to instantly categorize similar future in-takes without further thought.

It is this wisdom, I think, to slow down and recall our psychological place and tendencies within our universe that is a major part of the Path to Understanding.

Tarot Tale #3: Structural Processes

This morning I received a very informative message from my Higher Self and couldn’t wait to share. 🙂

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This is daily 6-card spread I’ve restructured (to reveal connections between the cards better) and have been using regularly to help guide my thinking each day. I just love it!

So, today:

  1. I am under the influence of Knight of Bees. (Btw, I did a personal study to better understand the meaning and influences of the Court Cards via the YHWH structure of Kabbalistic understanding of the Universe. It was very helpful! More on that later, I promise!)
    1. a) Knights are Air – They take the elemental Gift of their suit and rush it out from me to bring it into reality, to spread it outward to the world. How is that done? Communication.
    2. b) Think of it this way: I have a Thought (the Sword element). I Speak it or Communicate it in some way, and it is no longer just My Thought/Idea. It now becomes something that others may receive and do with as they please.
  2. Two of Moths. Once my Thoughts/Ideas are now spread outward where others may pick it up, there is no a decision in regard to what to do with that Thought.
    1. a) This works the opposite way around, too. I receive other Thoughts that have been spread outward and there is turns into a decision of Action.
    2. b) Where will choose to focus my Energy, in response to the Thought I have received or given?
  3. Challenges I will face today: 5 of Dragonflies.
    1. a) In this card, we see the dragonflies scattered and confused in emotion. Notice where they are looking. They are either, mostly, focused on the broken heart, or focused on the emptied cup.
    2. b) The lesson here? Where am I looking? Am I focused on my heartache, my tumultuous emotions? Am I looking at the emotional loss I feel?
  4. My Knee-Jerk-Reaction to this is: 10 of Beetles.
    1. a) In reaction to the inner heartache that will draw my attention, I will have a tendency to fight back by focusing on the material legacy/success I have built, or wish to build. I will strive to turn my focus on my work and its successes, past and future.
  5. The Suggestion from my Higher Self, in response to this Challenge: 8 of Moths.
    1. a) This again is turning my focus to Action. The advice here is to focus on restricting and streamlining my Actions and Energies today, so that they flow effortlessly toward the predetermined Goal.
  6. Ultimate, Overarching Thought for today: 4 of Moths.
    1. a) In everything, seek Stability of Action. Focus on achieving that one smaller goal, on the way to Larger Goal. Celebrate the small achievements! One step at a time….

Final thoughts:

  • I must learn to guard my words, more than I have ever thought to in the past. I never realized how releasing my thoughts via communication (think, the Throat Chakra – more on that later!) would create a 2 of Moths junction of decision in the lives of those who receive my words, sending them on a journey of emotion, thought, reaction, and decision different than had they not received my Thoughts in the first place.
  • On the surface, this is neither good nor bad. It just is. But it’s important to simply be aware of this striking power we all have to influence each other and shape our surrounding community and world.

Featured Arcana: Strength

The tarSTRENGTHot card, Strength (8), holds great significance and meaning.

In the beginning, I had understood it in its most basic form as Inner Strength. But, being the eternal seeker that I am, I wanted to know more. What, exactly, does Inner Strength mean? How can it be applied in our day-to-day lives?

The Lion is symbolic of our own animal instincts, our desires, our passions, our jealousy, our rage, our lust…The woman controls the beast through the power of reason and through love via the heart. She may be secretly terrified of what she is doing but she is prepared to face her fears, to take the risk, to feel the fear and do it anyway. (from, Truly Teach Me Tarot)

Another way to think of Strength is by its alternative name in some tarot decks, Fortitude.

…it meant moderation in attitudes toward pain and danger, with neither being avoided at all costs, nor actively wanted…the woman looking calm and gentle, yet dominant over the lion. (from, Wikipedia)

In other words, we can also apply the Buddhist notion of “…the purity of mindfulness owing to equanimity… [to] study and observe your mind, at all of its various points of grasping — whether for attachment or for aversion…

Inner Strength, or Fortitude, comes down to a calm, logical acceptance of our instinctual, animalistic, Shadow Self — an acknowledgment of its presence and influence in our lives, and a decision to control and embrace it via reason and love, in spite of our feelings of fear or confusion.