18/01/18 - Being the Observer (of Your Thoughts)

18 January 2018

Earlier today I drew 'Horus' from the Keepers of the Light Oracle Deck and posted (on Instagram) a reminder to set New Moon intentions and the need to be vigilant about low vibe thoughts - as stated on that card, they are powerful and magnetic things.  Then I turned to my Tarot deck, asking what I should write about today and pulled three cards, all from the suit of Swords which represents the mental realm... 
... so it looks like I'm writing about low vibe thoughts, and the importance of 'presiding' over them.

In his book A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle says: 
Most people are still completely identified with the incessant stream of mind, of compulsive thinking, most of it repetitive and pointless. There is no 'I' apart from their thought processes and the emotions that go with them. This is the meaning of being spiritually unconscious." 
He goes on to write that "thinking without awareness is the main dilemma of human existence". 

This relates directly to the ten and three of swords - both are metaphors for the pain, anguish, heartbreak and upset that are experienced as a result of our thoughts about different situations and life circumstances. These are two of the most dreaded cards in the deck and the response they invoke is a good example of the 'thought processes and the emotions' to which Tolle refers. The fear is driven by the illusory sense of self known as the ego.
This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. It also creates a false mind-made self that casts a shadow of fear and suffering... The mind is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don't even know that you are its slave. It is almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself. -  Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.
Identification with this egoic-self is what causes compulsive thought and prevents you from finding presence and peace. Incidentally, this is turning out to be the common thread this week. So how can one surpass this false sense of self and the upset that it fosters? 

Let's look to the King of Swords who typically represents a perception shift and clarity of thought. Having overcome all thirteen cards before him (in the suit), he has indeed transcended unnecessary thoughts to find truth and peace - just look at the butterflies on his throne! There are other keys in the symbology too - crescent moons and an angelic being. This suggests the answer lays beyond thought - it's to do with a deeper level of knowing, dealing with shadow aspects of ourselves, and things that are outside of (most people's) human experience.

Unlike the seat in Game of Thrones, this King has only a single sword. Does this mean it's possible that just one thought or shift in consciousness could hold the answer to overcoming the pain depicted in the earlier cards? Tolle says it is so.
The beginning of freedom is the realisation that you are not the possessing entity - the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness is activated. You then begin to realise that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realise that all things that truly matter - beauty, love, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken. Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.
So the message for today is to observe your thoughts - to watch the thinker - and to see that there is a space between the incessant mind-chatter (opinions, judgments, fear, self-pity) and you as the observer of those thoughts. One caveat - it's easy to start judging those observations but that's just more of the same, ie it comes from the ego. So as you notice the thoughts, observe them in a way that is unbiased and neutral, for this is the way to truly free yourself from your mind.

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POSTSCRIPT: Typically, the card(s) of the day tend(s) to show up in my own life and I'll admit that I've had SO MUCH opportunity to be the observer today. Family life seems to be the perfect training ground for being the Observer!

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