Make a clear choice, and commit fully in thought, word, and action. When you are grounded in clear intention, and you commit with impeccable integrity and dedication, the Universe instantly mirrors that vibration back to you, to support you in the most effective way, at the highest possible level.
If you aren’t grounded in a crystal-clear intention – perhaps feeling uncertain or wishy-washy about where you’re going or how you intend to get there – the Universe will mirror that back to you, too.
While it is sometimes appropriate to let go of attachment to outcome and trust conditions to unfold as they will, you have been born into this earthly experience to forge a unique path and manifest conditions according to your specific desires. And now is a time when you soul will most benefit from doing just that.
Teachers of various forms of classical Indian arts have a saying – technique is freedom. If you have seen a master ballerina letting emotion and inspiration flow through her body while executing moves with stunningly perfect form, you have witnessed this dynamic in action. Through her art, the dancer’s unwavering commitment unlocks a new level of freedom for her, simultaneously bringing a uniquely liberating current of energy into the world.
Similarly, just as diamonds are formed out of carbon by intense pressure and heat, your commitment serves as a strong force that will transform your efforts into eternal treasures of sparkles and light. This is as true in your dance or yoga practice as it is in every other aspect of your life.
Don’t worry about making a ‘wrong’ decision. The only wrong choice is the one you don’t make. Once a decision is made (whether it’s about a course of study, your art, your career, a relationship, a positive habit, or any form of self-cultivation), you will find your power and passion are activated. Allow this to fuel that decision with single-minded purpose, and to recharge your commitment on the days when you could use a little extra motivation.
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A sunny day can be a beautiful thing, but if every day were sunny, you would begin to miss the soul-shaking rumble of thunder and the heart-cleansing catharsis of pounding rain.
Likewise, valuing happiness above all other emotions will unfailingly begin to feel shallow and stale. In truth, all emotions are equally valuable and vital. Do not fear your sadness, anger, vulnerability, or rage. Instead, fear the inert emptiness and physical dis-ease that result from turning away from your feelings or refusing to acknowledge their presence or their depth.
At times it may seem that feeling your feelings could annihilate or overwhelm you. This is never true. It is simply your ego protecting itself. In reality, as long as you don’t judge or resist your feelings, they will bring you clarity, connect you to your inspiration, and crack you open to the fullness of your joy.
Other times, it may seem that your feelings are missing, hiding, or otherwise out of reach. If you can’t remember the last time you cried from the depths of your being or laughed so much that tears ran down your face, it’s a sure sign that you need to do some soul searching and discover what your heart is yearning to communicate.
Your emotions are the wellspring at the heart of your being. Whether defined by other as positive or negative, it is when emotions are flowing that you will experience joy. Remember, joy is not a synonym for happiness. Joy is flowing emotion – grief or laughter, pain or pleasure, heartbreak or euphoria.
When you look at the nature of every emotion, you will find its true identity is always love. When you rage at injustices, why do you rage? Because you feel love for those you believe have been mistreated. When you suffer after a breakup, why does your heart ache? Because you remember love or yearn for love. When you cry at the loss of a friend or animal companion, why do you cry? Because you feel transcendent love – love that goes beyond this physical realm and embraces eternity.
If you shrink from or deny the pain of love, you will also cut yourself off from the pleasures of love. When you practice opening your heart again and again, no matter what emotions wash through you, you will begin to find that all genuine feeling is pleasurable in the sense that it is a release – a freedom to flow with what is true for you in the moment. The key is to let down your defenses and breathe into everything you feel.
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The cosmic dance is a never-ending spiral of endings and beginnings. Every ending is also a beginning. Consciously honoring the completion of something allows you to garner, assimilate, and integrate the gifts of the past as you simultaneously open yourself to the new.
Receiving this card indicates a cycle is ending or has recently ended. An experience, relationship, or project is coming to a close. Alternately, an old behavioral or psychological pattern is ready to be released. To establish closure, consciously work in the realm of energy, emotion, frequency, and vibration. This will ensure you are not weighed down by past events. Additionally, it will ground and dissipate any extra energy that you no longer need.
No matter what is ending or has ended in your life, feel appreciation and gratitude for everything it taught you, and for all the big and small blessings it brought you. If it’s something you’re ready to release, accept and embrace the experience and acknowledge the many lessons it brought. If it’s something that’s challenging to let go of, feel grateful for having had the experience.
The completion of a cycle is a perfect time for ritual. This ritual can be as simple or as detailed as you wish, as long as you set the intention to alchemically synthesize and metabolize all the many blessings the cycle brought about in your life. Once you do, lovingly let it all go. Breathe deeply and relax your mind, body, and spirit. Surrender any details, outcomes, and attachments, to the Universe. You can do this with absolute trust when you remember the Universe will harmonize and calibrate all excess energy and bring all associated aspects and effects into divine and perfect order.
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