This week it’s all about the heart. Showing love for others, but how much love do we show ourselves?
“Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”- River Phoenix via Joaquin Phoenix-Oscars 2020
I have never been a tarot card person. I just never understood them. I got that they helped you on the life journey and it was around the four elements and the hero’s path. I think I have always had a slight fear of these cards due to growing up not understanding the significance. Sometimes core beliefs prevent us from growing due to fear. Getting assistance with cards for yourself can be taken to a level that you do not need to go. You always need to go within to your own God source but sometimes when we need assistance, it is a way to receive guidance with another person helping or with yourself. I think that when you don’t know how to listen to your inner self and understand what guidance is or just your mind running, you need another person to help gain clarity. With that said, there are a lot of those with darkness within and you will need to be very careful who you let into your energy field. I do not allow others to read for me very often. I have learned to connect within. You will never find the answers you seek from someone else; they are always within you. Others can help you see that, or cards can help you connect with that. A reader is only as clear as the work that they have done on themselves.
With that said, this last year I found a deck that I could relate to and understand. It was called Dreams of Gaia Tarot*
I wanted something that was updated and that I could relate and understand for myself with symbology and descriptions for the present energies to help you evolve. Not a fortune telling expedition. This is not about that. This is how I use them for myself, to help my own inner growth. You may not want to use cards to help support you and that is ok. Everyone has their own belief system that works for them, and I respect that. Your path is your path, I just have learned not to block anything because it can thwart growing due to fear of what you do not understand. You are putting the energy into things, not the other way around.
“Protection comes from the inside.”-Rev. Sally Perry
Really it is all about connection to God on the outside and then God within yourself.
I am writing this blog because today I pulled one for myself and I thought it would be relevant to others with its words. You are always in charge of your own choices; you can choose to be of the light or of the dark. Everything is energy. So today I learned another way to look at FAITH. Faith in God and yourself. We are children of God. All of us have shadows or darkness that needs to be witnessed, understood and transmuted. This is the real inner work.
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”- Gospel of Thomas
Faith is where you have the strength though the grace of God to go within and look at this. The darkness is only an absence of light. When you turn on a light the shadow or dark disappears. So it is within us but you have to allow for the darkness to come up and be seen. Only you know what your shadows are and sometimes we are not aware of them. This is why we need outside help and support to sometimes see what we cannot, to help us release and show us how to deal with the darkness. Teachers, preachers, seers and shamans all help with areas to bring in the light. You must trust whoever you work with.
I have been ridiculed my entire life for my beliefs and way I have lived. It has chipped away at my self-esteem, my self-belief and my own self-love. When you choose to go against the status quo, people do not like that they cannot control you, they fear what they do not understand. So, because of fear, they condemn you, ridicule you and tear you down. My faith in God has been the only thing that has kept me going. Knowing that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am the only one that must account for my actions when I die, and I stand in front of Jesus. I have spent my life digging out my own darkness for this purpose. I want to be able to stand up when I die, not collapse in guilt, shame and humiliation.
“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well.” -Psalms 139:14
Believing in God on the outside is one aspect of faith, believing in yourself is another. God is within you. God works through you.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” -Philippians 2:13
I hope this card inspires you as much as it did for me today, Happy heart week…I love and appreciate every one of you.….xoxo
“Faith, Self-Belief, Confidence, Divine Connection, Trust, Serenity, Surrender
To have faith, the 8th of the influence cards, is a beautiful thing. It inspires a feeling of serenity that is unshakable. With faith comes a level of self-confidence that sees you capable of overcoming all that life throws at you. To have self-belief gives you confidence when facing new and challenging situations. When out in a social setting, you are comfortable to be yourself. Having self-belief allows you to enjoy life more because you are less troubled by insecurity.
With faith in yourself and your abilities, you stand a greater chance of having a successful career, you are more confident in taking well-considered risks, you are healthier and happier because you are less under pressure, and emotional and mental stress. In turn, your relationships with others will be better also.
On the other hand, a lack of self-belief or faith can be seen in our moods, the way we speak about ourselves, our body language, and actions. Without faith and belief in self, every decision can become almost an excruciating process.
If you do not believe that you will succeed or do well, then, sadly, there is an increased chance that you will not. Doubt and a lack of faith breeds mistakes, procrastination, and self-sabotage. But know this, you are not unimportant. You are somebody. You are unique. You have gifts. You have strengths. You have talents. You are bright with potential, and if you believe in yourself you will shine.
A little belief can go a long way. With faith and self-belief, you can accomplish great things…even miracles.
Your confidence, while growing up, was influenced by what those around you said to you or about you. If those around you were kind and supportive, not just in words but in actions also, you had every chance of growing to be become a confident adult with healthy self esteem and confidence. This confidence would have increased as you moved out into the world, because you left home with the best tools in hand to meet life with a smile.
However, while we are told that we should strive to not be affected by others negative perceptions or opinions of us, especially those unwarranted criticisms and barbs born of insecurities and doubts of the person who offered the negative opinion, words can and do hurt. They can cause real and lasting pain. If the exposure to those who hurt us is prolonged or repeated, their unkind words and actions can cause deep and lasting psychological wounds that destroy self-belief, confidence and faith, the ability to trust in self or others.
Therefore, it is important to remember to be kind, above all else. Faith and self-belief are born of kindness. People are fragile, it is not only physical blows that can cause us harm. To ridicule and to instill doubt in another just because you, yourself, have doubts, can result in lifelong destruction of another person’s self-belief and self-worth. Remember that the wrong words at the wrong time can do lasting harm. When we feel an impulse to ridicule, we can stop and ask ourselves if we truly can be at peace if we cause another person distress. Would we be okay with another person ridiculing us or worse still, our own child, and causing them to doubt themselves, not just for a short time but for their entire lifetime? We must not make the mistake of believing that this is not possible. It is. The wrong words at the wrong time can do lasting harm. But, equally, the right words at the right time can heal and restore self-belief.
One of the messages of the faith card is to ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’, rather than ‘Do unto others, what others have done unto you in the past.” Unless, of course, they have been kind and supportive. But if, in response to treatment you received in your past, you find yourself becoming hard and critical, or inclined to label others in an unkind manner, use this message to help you become aware of the potential harm you might do to others because of the lack of faith you have in yourself.
Avoid focusing on your own past mistakes in a way that destroys your confidence in the present. Remember, you only truly fail when you stop trying. Change direction if you wish. Try something new if that’s what you need and desire. But do not stop trying just because you’ve made mistakes in the past. So what if those things did not eventuate as you had hoped? It happens to everyone, even those you see as successful. Have faith that everything happens for a reason, and that maybe, just maybe, you did not succeed in the past because something better waits for you now, if you are willing to have faith and keep trying.
Belief in yourself does require a little effort and introspection. To increase self-belief, you need to know who you are and to consider why you lack confidence and self-belief in the first place. Are you uncertain and unsure of your path? Do you feel that all you do is not good enough?
The faith card asks you to have faith. Believe. You are good enough. In fact, you are not only good enough, but you are enough. We all are. Yes, we can be more. We can all be better. But we are also enough. All that we strive to becomes is because we choose to be better, not because we are not good enough in the present. Faith in the present comes to tell you that you are not alone, and that your dreams and aspirations are a wonderful thing. Trust in them. All will unfold as it is meant to. Trust in yourself. Those around you believe in you, so it is time for you to believe in yourself.
Having a belief in a higher power or spiritual path can have great benefit. It is not about embracing religion but embracing connection. Cultivate the belief that you are a part of something larger, because you are. We are all connected, and simple awareness and celebration of that connection can bring serenity.
You are being watched over. You are worthy of happiness and abundance. Meet your obstacles in your path with a smile and confidence. You are strong enough to overcome them and continue forward. Yes, life is likely to offer you moments of heartbreak and pain, but, if you have faith in yourself and the Divine, you will move through those moments with more ease. Having faith brings serenity, and the confidence to trust and go with the flow. When you have faith, the choice is made with ease and clarity. There is no need to fight, control and struggle, because you trust in yourself to know that you are heading in the right direction. Have faith.” Dreams of Gaia Tarot Page 154-155 Faith
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