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October 2011

Soul Navigation Card of the Week: ABUNDANCE

Abundance Card

Definition: a more than adequate quantity or supply; a great amount; plenty; overflowing fullness; sufficiency; profusion.

When we have an abundance of something, we have more than enough to meet our needs. Our cup is not simply full, but overflowing. When we feel there is plenty, and believe there always will be plenty, we more easily engage in generosity of spirit. Abundance is not about how much we have, but rather having more than enough to meet our needs.

 When people speak of abundance they are often referring to money - perhaps because in our society, money provides us many ways to meet our needs. Abundance, however, can refer to any area of our life, whether it is friends, opportunities, activities, food, work, time, feelings, or affection.  When we feel abundant there is an appreciation for all we have, an alignment with our desires and beliefs, and an expectation that life will always provide for us. Some say there is always enough of all that we truly need at any given moment, and that when we are in alignment, we are taken care of.

If we turn our attention away from appreciating what is, and start comparing and focusing on what we do not have, we can quickly move into a place of scarcity and lose touch with the abundance around us. If you are having difficulty finding abundance in your life, it may be worth examining the inner position you may have about scarcity. When needing plenty is motivated by scarcity and fear of not having, it promotes greed, hording, and moves us out of alignment with abundance.

The appearance of this card suggests that the qualities of abundance may be important for you at this juncture.  It may be a confirmation of existing abundance, abundance coming to you, or it may be a deeper reflection on the meaning of abundance for you.  Where do you feel abundant?  What would have to happen for you to generate an abundant flow in your life?  Are you noticing the abundance around you? What type of abundance would you like to have? Is there a time when abundance is too much? How much do we need to feel that there is enough in our lives?

 

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.

If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: FIRE

Fire Card

Definition:  an event of something burning; the act of firing a weapon; the process of combustion; once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles); feeling of great warmth and intensity – ardor, fervor; a severe trial; intense adverse criticism.

Throughout history, fire has been seen as such an important element that many myths have its “dwelling place” with the gods, from which it came to be used by humans through expert thievery by demi-gods, or heroes, who often paid dearly for their hubris. Fire was seen as sacred. On a physical level fire keeps us warm, cooks our food, and, through the sun, brings us the light of day, sustaining life.  In Alchemy, fire was seen as a catalyst for both initiating and completing a process.  Fire represents transformation, energy, spirit, all things electrical, the sparks of inspiration, and the energy behind change. 

Our language reflects how we experience the element of fire. We often say someone has “sparked” new interests, or, when they are fully inspired or impassioned, they are “on fire” or have a “burning desire”. Fire also refers to adverse situations such as when we are in the “line of fire” under intense criticism, or when we are “fiery” mad, or “breathing fire” when angry. The experience of anger in our body is often felt as heat that can be explosive and that “fires us up”. 

The appearance of this card may suggest that the qualities of fire may be important for you at this juncture. It may be a confirmation that some fiery energy within you or around you is helping to transform your world. Or, it may be an indication that you need more fire in your life.    

If you have pulled this card, you may want to reflect on the meaning of fire for you. Ask yourself what you are on fire about. Is your fire at a steady flame or are you burning out of control?  Do you need more fire and inspiration in your life?  If there is too much fire, what would it take to bring you back to balance?

 

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.

If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: MAGIC

Magic Card

Definition: the art of influencing events or producing marvels; any art that involves supernatural powers; possessing or using supernatural powers; mysterious power; occurrences unexplainable by empirical evidence.

Magic engages us in the unexplained wonder and mystery in all aspects of life.  It is where “coincidences” appear as though planned by some unexplained order and where synchronicities abound - if we have eyes to see. 

To the “magician”, magic is the end result of mastery of his or her craft that hides the mechanism of the constructed illusion. Every move is orchestrated to enhance the illusion. To be our own magician is to be aware of and be able to move within the flow of life’s mysteries, to know how we are creating the world around us, and to be open to the wonder and mystery of that which we do not always understand.

Sages over the millennia have tried to decipher the mysteries of this magical life. Some say that one cannot understand this magic through the mind but rather through the eyes of the heart. It is through the heart where one can experience and appreciate wonder as through the eyes of a child. Others say there is a “Master Plan” put in place by a greater power named God, Allah, Great Spirit, Source, Great Creator, while some say we are all together part of this Source.

When our lives become magical, however, we are not living at the level of illusory tricks of a magician’s sleight of hand, but touch the numinous and the mysterious in our own magical selves. We tap into the place where we are connected to all of creation and life, and our eyes open to the mystery and magic around us. Expect magic. Entertain the mystical. Dance in wonder.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself if you are living and experiencing from your magical self? Are you connected to your point of mystery and wonder?  What would it take for you to live all aspects of your life with magic?

 

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. If you would to like purchase or view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: CREATIVITY

Creativity Card

Definition:  The ability to create; bring into existence; engaging in an activity of an artistic nature; originality; expressive nature.

Creativity is the ability to generate something new through skills of the imagination.  Feeling creative is often experienced as a richness of ideas and feelings, which can generate original thinking and urges for expression.

One’s creativity may take the form of an artistic project, a new solution to a problem, or an innovative way of thinking.  To approach something creatively usually requires flexibility of mind to innovate and combine things in ways they may not have been combined before.  We benefit from being able to think outside of the box and in some ways be able to - as a child in play - transform objects from one thing to another, and see with fresh eyes.

We usually think of artistic pursuits when we think of creativity; however, creativity is important in all areas of life.  From our daily routine, to various fields of study - architecture, economics, science, or art, creativity infuses each area with innovation and expands possibility.

Humans have often been described as “co-creators”.  One does not have to look far to see civilizations the human species has built – past and present.  Metaphysically speaking, some say we create our present and future from the very thoughts and feelings we entertain. In either case, we are responsible for our creations, both as individuals and collectively, which requires us to pause and ask what we are generating in any given moment.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where in your life are you experiencing creativity. What would it take for you to increase creativity in your life?   Is there an area of your life that would benefit from innovation?  Perhaps you are feeling a surge of creative expression.  What are you creating now?

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.  My only rule is that if I draw one that I have already written about, I draw another.  In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.  If you would like to purchase or view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: PEACE

Peace Card

Definition: Harmonious relations; freedom from disputes; the absence of mental stress or anxiety; serenity.

Peace is often described as the absence of war, strife, conflict, or struggles of any kind in our internal or external world.  We all long for peace – a state of ease and harmony – and wish it for others as well: in their homes, their countries and in their hearts. Inner peace is felt as calm, harmony, and a sense of ease deep within our being.  When one is at peace with the present moment, nothing needs to be added to or taken away.

Peace in the world begins within each individual. When we let go of our internal conflicts over what is right and wrong, what is best or worst within ourselves or others, and when we drop the constant comparing, competing and judging of the mind, we silence the mental chatter and can drop into the depths of our hearts.  By breathing deeply from the heart we may able to let go of the mind’s story and move into the moment where peace resides.

Peace is not something we can wait for our leaders – be they political or spiritual – or anyone else to find for us. Peace is arrived at and created by dropping attachments to our “perceived reality”.  Forgiveness, awareness, and kindness further expand the peace that already dwells within us.  Peace is always with us – like a still-point of a spinning top – even when you feel that it is light-years away.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where your peace is.  When do you feel the most peaceful?  How do you come back to peacefulness?  What would have to happen for you to create more peace in your life?  Perhaps this card is a confirmation of the peace that you are currently experiencing or that is coming to you. 

 

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead.  My only rule is that if I draw one that I have already written about, I draw another.  In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.  If you would like to purchase or view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .


I Love Questions!

It seems that I always have…I asked a lot as a kid, and still do.  Questions – mostly open-ended ones – are very much a part of the work I do.  They are like flashlights helping illuminate our lives and taking us on adventures of explorations of self and the world around us.  Wonderfully, there are more questions than answers.  If you have run out of questions you may want to ask yourself “What am I not seeing here?”.

I once heard a Nobel Peace Prize winner talk about what influenced his journey to get where he was at that time.  He thanked his mother whom he said asked him every day after school not what he learned, but whether he had asked any good questions that day. Though someone can assist you with your questioning, ultimately questions are your creation, and an opportunity for exploration bringing you to your own deepening.

 In this video, I present to you a magnificent teacher’s discussion of the importance of “big questions” for herself and her students.  She is an amazing expert facilitator of learning and questions. Even better, she is my sister! You can connect to her wise musings on her blog at http://yourlearningcurve.com.  I am sure she would love any questions you have for her!  Thank you Daryl, for your inspirint work in the world.