17/01/18 - Going Deeper!

17 January 2018

Deck: Borderless Smith-Waite Tarot published by US Games

Yesterday I wrote about being in the present moment, and quoted Lao Tzu on Presence being the way to obtain peace. My summary was to neither worry about the past or the future, but to recognise the opportunities that are unfolding now. Today's card takes that conversation a step further with the Six of Cups reminding us how we influence that unfolding. 

This card has a nostalgic feeling and is typically interpreted as relating to fond memories, childhood, rekindled friendships and reflecting on good times. It's a card of comfort and security. So how do we combine a card so clearly about the past, with the need to stay in the present? 

The Indian Spiritual Master Sai Baba summarised it best in these words: 
What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. 
They key there is that EVERY moment is now. In effect, the concepts of past and future are not what they seem. Our "past" created what we think of as our "present", but really they are all Now - the present is eternal.  So the Six of Cups can be taken as a reminder that your "future" isn't something 'out there' but the direct result of your state or vibration in the eternal present. In his seminal work 'The Power of Now', Eckhart Tolle explains it thus: 
Why is [Now] the most precious thing? Firstly, because it is the only thing. It's all there is. The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Secondly, the Now is the only point that can take you beyond the limited confines of the mind. It is your only point of access into the timeless and formless realm of Being. 
Today I invite you to take a good look at the image on the card and think about what it means to you, and then to consider the following questions, or to use them as journal prompts: 

- Who or what are you drawn to at this time? 
- Who or what is being drawn to you? 
- What does that say about your vibe and the likely impact on your "future"?
- How are you Being in the eternal now

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