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November 2011

Soul Navigation Card of the Week: FOCUS

Focus Card

Definition: Concentration of attention or energy; maximum clarity or distinctness of an image or idea; a central point or locus of attention; special emphasis attached to something.

When we are focused, our attention is directed to a specific thing or task, and it seems as though nothing can distract us. With pinpointed focus in our activities, there are fewer blurred edges of uncertainty, our concentration becomes laser-like, and much can be accomplished.

However, there are also many distractions that can pull us away from our intended course. In today’s world, there are numerous social and personal commitments that are part of our busy lives and multiple roles and responsibilities that engage our attention. Helpful technological advances also create distractions that are a press of a button away.  Staying focused can be challenging, requiring ongoing awareness to redirect us when we are “off track”, be it moment-to-moment, day-to-day, or in our general life direction. 

If you have pulled this card you may want to explore what focus means for you and how it manifests in your life. Do you need to pull back from a microscopic focus and take a broader look at what we have been focused on? Alternatively, are you a “multitasker” who is spread too thin? You may want to ask yourself if you need greater focus of your energies on a day-to-day basis. Is a change of focus needed or simply more concentration required to accomplish your tasks? Is there a point of focus you could have that would allow other things in your life to flourish? What benefits would you gain by having more focus in your life?  What is beneficial about what you are focusing on right now?

 

© 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: AIR

 

 

Air Card

Definition: In its pure form, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gaseous substance; the region above the ground enveloping the earth; the atmosphere; the sky; a breeze or wind; personal bearing; a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing; a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; medium for radio and television broadcasting. 

Once thought to be one of the four elements by Empedocles, air is still considered a fundamental element in many traditions.  In some shamanic traditions it is connected to the direction of East, and associated with spring and new beginnings. In other traditions, air is seen as connected to the breath of life, the nature of mind, communication, divine prana, and the Holy Spirit. Indeed, we can imagine that in the form of wind, air can carry away our troubles, blow away strife, and carry positive thoughts to those far away.

When we connect to the element air we naturally move into a place of boundlessness. Air carries particular combination of gases that sustains life.  We come into this world with an indrawing of our first breath of life, and we exit with a final exhalation.  Through our lives, as a way of increasing the space of our experience at any given moment, or to slow down or bring calm, we need only begin with the breath.  Slow, deep and rhythmic breathing will often allow us to approach our center and be in the moment with more calm and ease.

Our language expresses our experience of air and our need for more or less of this element.  For example, we may need to engage to a greater degree in the air element when we are overly engaged, contracted or too immersed.  Here we may need to “come up for air”, need a “breath of fresh air”, or “air our grievances”.  When we have too much air we may lack the practical energy that brings things to action, and we may be see as too airy, or we may even be seen as  an “air head”.  Other expressions that reflect how we may be experiencing the air element include:  “putting on airs”, being “full of hot air”, or “vanishing into thin air”.  Our experience of the air element suggests that there is the quality of space, fluidity, and lack of crystallization of something, as in the phrases “rumors in the air”, or when something is “up in the air”,. 

If you have drawn this card, consider how the air element is affecting you.  Do you need more space in your life?  What would it take to create more space in your life? Do you need to pause and breathe?  Perhaps you need a breath of fresh air, or conversely, there is too much air in your life.  Is your life too much up in the air? 

 

© 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: ATTACHMENT

Attachment Card

Definition: The state of being attached; close adherence or affection; fidelity; passion or affection that binds a person to another; a feeling of affection for a person or institution; social or emotional ties; a supplementary part or accessory.

Attachment is defined as an emotional bond that links us to that to which we are connected. Whenever we interact with our environment, we establish bonds, links, and connections with something or someone. These connections or attachments usually sustain us, can uplift us, and can fulfill needs of various sorts. We can feel attached to people, places, things, ideas, beliefs, or even memories.  Attachments may not always be bonds of closeness but also of aversion – such as strong emotions against something or someone, certain ideas, happenings or people.

In early childhood, we form patterns of attachment to our caregivers. These patterns of early childhood attachment often guide our relational experience for years to come by forming a blueprint for future relationships – sometimes called an ‘attachment style’.  As we develop, our attachments may change and evolve. Healthy attachments help us grow and deepen our relationship to Self and to the world. They are flexible, supportive, nourishing, and mutually enhancing. Attachments become unhealthy when we rely on them excessively, or when they become constricting and inflexible and become a hindrance to our connection to Self.

When others have an unhealthy attachment to us, personal boundaries may have become blurred. This may be experienced as dependency and felt as a weight, or even drain us on a number of levels. Addictions of all sorts may also fall under this category, and may include unhealthy attachments to drugs, alcohol, food, T.V., people, emotions, etc. They become a way we avoid, mask, or numb our experience. 

Non-attachment, or equanimity refers to the process of learning to let go of the many attachments, aversions, fears, and false identities that can cloud true self. Cultivating equanimity requires letting go of attachments that prevent this connection, as well as healing attachments that misidentify the Self through rigidity and inflexibility. Healthy attachments support and sustain our inner journey, and reduce the degree to which we get sidetracked into pains and pleasures along the way.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself what are you attached to or what is attached to you? Are you connected to something that is no longer serving you?  What are the contributions of your attachments? Are your attachments hindrances or a enhancements? Is your attachment to what something should look or be like preventing it from being what it needs to be?

 

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

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

To purchase or view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: RESPONSIBILITY

Responsibility Card

Definition: the proper sphere or extent of your activities; the social force that binds you to the course of action demanded by that force; answerable to someone, or something; a form of trustworthiness; accountability. 

Responsibility is the ability to respond and be accountable.  It may be felt as a subtle awareness on some level, that accompanies and guides a response.  Ones ability to respond is influenced in turn by ones awareness.  The extent of ones sense of accountability ranges from ones self, social sphere, family friends, work, etc.

Biologically, we are guided by instinctual impulses, which can oftentimes direct our propensity to respond such as, a mother’s impulse to nurture her newborn child.  Psycho-socially, some factors that guide our accountability are commitment and valued end. If there has been a commitment made to oneself, another, a job, or a business there is an agreement made towards a valued end that directs and guides our actions.  The valued end becomes an ethical guide that directs ones choices – personal, social, or public agreements.  Each person discerns their “valued end” according to their own mores and perspectives.

There are responsibilities that we take on from experiences in early childhood, and some say there are responsibilities taken on at a soul level that can span life times.  Whether you believe in the eternality of the soul, or soul as an expression of unconscious feelings, there are tacit “agreements” that guide our sense of responsibility and the ways we engage with the world.

Some people feel great responsibility not only to themselves, but also the lives of others, and more globally the earth and its inhabitants.  Some take on responsibilities that are not theirs to bear at an early age, and continue to do so into adulthood.  Others feel that responsibility is a dirty word and react, or even rebel against the sense of constriction and heaviness it gives them, and still others are unable to accept any responsibility for the effects of their actions.

Responsibility can be so convoluted and involved that professions have been built around deciphering the intricacies of this emotion.  Religious and legal systems speak of ways that we are held accountable for our actions according to the beliefs of their system and rules.  Ultimately we are responsible for our true self, our actions, feelings, and our choices.  Some say that we are responsible not simply for ourselves, but the contribution we bring to the whole. 

If you have pulled this card, you may want to explore your personal call to responsibility.  Ask yourself where does your responsibility begin and end?    What is your contribution to your life, to those of others?  Have you been shirking some responsibility or avoiding your awareness?  Perhaps you need to reevaluate your responsibility in some matters.  Are you carrying the burden of responsibilities that are not yours?  Is there something you are aware of that needs a response?

© 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