Like many people, I consider myself a spiritual seeker. In my quest for self improvement/enlightenment/understanding life, my path has taken me in many different directions. And I’ve utilized plenty of spiritual tools along the way.
Tools such as tarot, astrology, coaches, yoga, meditation, breathing, prayer, self help books, magick, etc. In fact, I’ve probably tried just about ever single thing you can imagine.
Some have helped.
Some…not so much.
Some I still use to this day.
But even though I’ve left some of those spiritual tools behind, I still respect them because at one time they helped me, even if only in a small way.
From time to time, I encounter fellow seekers who have abandoned practices too. But instead of respect, there is bitterness. They badmouth the teacher/lesson/tool and point out everything that didn’t work. Or they brag about how they have “outgrown” it all and pooh-pooh the tools as if they are pedestrian and amateur stuff. They are above all that, ya know.
While there is nothing wrong with dropping something because it isn’t resonating or perhaps not needed any longer, there is no need to shit all over it. Just move on. Don’t bite the hand that fed your soul.
I was discussing this with my wise Taoist husband, who shared this story with me:
“In seeking your spirituality, you use a ladder to climb up on the roof and gain your vantage point to see. Well, once you are up on the roof and can see, you don’t really need the ladder anymore. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t all kinds of people that still need a ladder. So there is no point in dissing the ladder because that means you’re standing up on the roof looking down on people and laughing at them for being so stupid as to need a ladder to get up there. Which means you’re just stuck up on a roof without a ladder.”
In other words: just because you no longer need the tool, someone else might.
For some, practices such as astrology, tarot, therapy, affirmations, ritual, prayer, meditation, yoga, candles, self help books, magick, life coaching, etc., might be the one thing that’s keeping them hanging on. It might be the anchor in a world that is often painful, rejecting, and confusing.
Perhaps you can remember what that felt like if you look back. You might recall a time when those tools made your life better, gave you hope, inspired you to keep going or to make an important life change . Find that small spot of remembrance and practice gratitude. (Yes, I just suggested a new practice.) Say thank you for the experience and for what you’ve learned. Then, bless it and then let it go. Let it find it’s way to the right person…even if that person is no longer you.
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Loving this from Sarah Prout: Dear Universe – 11 Life Changing Affirmations to Say Daily.
I’m honored to be listed on Amanda Linette Meder’s 21 Influential Spiritual Blogs of 2017!
Interesting interview with documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr: Why I Tell Stories About Cannibals and Murderers.
The next time you’re enamored about someone’s Instagram posts read this: My So-Called (Instagram) Life.
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Color your way through the tarot deck and get the meanings down with The Tarot Coloring Book.
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In my quest to master Asian cooking, I stumbled across this: Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand.
There is a coloring book for the Robin Wood Tarot!
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Latest happenings on The Tarot Coloring Book Tour:
June 17-18th 2017: The Hermit’s Lamp in Toronto, Canada. Book signing and Celtic Cross Tutorial. Join me on the 17th for a book signing and then come again on the 18th for an in-depth workshop on how to rock the Celtic Cross (the Celtic Cross workshop is SOUL-ED OUT)!
July 9th 2017: Brushes + Cards. Special tarot + creativity workshop with intuitive artist, Chris Zydel of Creative Juices Arts – Oakland, California. Join us for a full day of painting, tarot, intuition work, and gourmet food! SOUL-ED OUT!
July 14 2017 6:30-8:30PM : New Renaissance Books in Portland. Details coming soon!
August 4 – 6th 2017: The Omega Tarot Conference: Masters of the Tarot – Five Approaches to Reading the Cards. I’ll be co-teaching at this event with tarot legends Mary Greer, Rachel Pollack, Sasha Graham and Barbara Moore!
What I’m Grateful For:
My spiritual practices
Self help books
Crystals and more crystals
Soundtrack for 5/13/17:
Trap Tears by Raury ft. Key!
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2017
pictures from stock photography and personal collection