09/09/19 - Challenges and Consciousness

Monday, 9 September 2019

"The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life's challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you even deeper into sleep." - Eckhart Tolle

The Fountain Tarot by Jonathan Saiz

If things seem rather bleak to you on either a personal or wider level - perhaps both - it might be helpful to remember that challenges represent the opportunity for expansion, and to see how much you have already grown. As Tolle points out, they offer the chance to become more deeply conscious and aware... or not! 

Over the coming week, as challenges arise - or come more prominently to your attention - notice the way that you react and how you feel. Try not to judge your feelings, and instead to let emotions 'flow' through you. (Cups represent the element of water and like our emotions, water needs to flow or it will stagnate and become problematic!)

Observe your reactions without getting carried away by them, remembering that it's ok to feel pain or grief - just don't let it consume all of your energy. 

The figure in the Five of Cups (from The Fountain Tarot) demonstrates this. He can keep looking at the upturned cups and the spillage that emanates from them, or he can choose to look in the opposite direction to change his view - there are still two upright cups. While he may grieve the loss of the others, regret will not help him move on from his current situation, it will only hold him back. 

Clichés are clichés for a reason - they are true! So I will leave you with this reminder that no storm lasts forever, and this too shall pass.

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