13/05/19 - Feeling unfulfilled?

Monday, 13 May 2019

You've worked hard and gained a certain level of accomplishment and reward, but still, you don't feel truly fulfilled. Do you ever stop to wonder why? 

Deck: Golden Tarot by Kat Black
Joeli Creates posted earlier today about a problem with goal-setting, how hitting goals hasn't always made her feel the way she expected. In her own words "I figured out that there's two parts to a goal: what you want to put out into the world and how you want to feel. You've got to figure out both those parts. If I want to feel autonomous and connected then a well paying day job or a business that runs on autopilot won't make me feel good, even if both satisfy my external mission." 

Today's collective reading perfectly captures this. We can see that the Eight of Coins has perfected his craftsmanship and he has gold to show for it, but the shiny castle of his dreams is still out of reach. Perhaps you relate to this too. 

The Knight of Wands is a man of passionate action which begs the question: what can you DO to change this? Joeli's words suggest that your goals may need to be redefined. You need to figure out how you want to FEEL too. This is an important aspect of the Law of Attraction - your energetic vibration needs to be in alignment with what it is you desire. In other words, when you believe it and feel as though it has already happened, you will see it! 

The Eight of Cups also goes a step further: If you are to find a sense of true and deep fulfilment, it will be on an energetic or spiritual level, rather than the material. Material wealth and plaudits can only ever offer temporary satisfaction. Did you ever notice how so many incredibly 'successful' people suffer from low self-esteem and depression? Wealth, recognition, and reward fail to satisfy even the most driven people for a prolonged period and often leave them wanting more or looking for the next thing that will give further (temporary) relief. If being at the very top of their chosen field isn't enough to fulfil *them*, one might reasonably wonder what hope there is for the rest of us!

The Eight of Cups is about moving towards this deeper and more sustainable type of fulfilment. The man is depicted as going on a journey - it's an allegorical one - to find what Eckhart Tolle calls the joy of Being. Notice how he has shed the trappings of success and carries only the bare essentials. He needs only simple things.

"Many poets and sages throughout the ages have observed that true happiness — I call it the joy of Being — is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things. Most people, in their restless search for something significant to happen to them, continuously miss the insignificant, which may not be insignificant at all. The philosopher Nietzsche, in a rare moment of deep stillness, wrote, “For happiness, how little suffices for happiness! . . . the least thing precisely, the gentlest thing, the lightest thing, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a wisk, an eye glance — little maketh up the best happiness. Be still.” Why is it the “least thing” that makes up “the best happiness”? Because true happiness is not caused by the thing or event, although this is how it first appears. The thing or event is so subtle, so unobtrusive, that it takes up only a small part of your consciousness—and the rest is inner space, consciousness itself unobstructed by form. 

Inner space consciousness and who you are in your essence are one and the same. In other words, the form of little things leaves room for inner space. And it is from inner space, the unconditioned consciousness itself, that true happiness, the joy of Being, emanates. To be aware of little, quiet things, however, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present." - Eckhart Tolle (source)

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