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December 2011

Soul Navigation Card of the Week: PERSISTENCE

Persistence Card

Definition:  Persevering; continuing or repeating a behavior; determination; doggedness; endurance; tenacity; refusing to stop.

Persistence is a quality that can be helpful in achieving our goals. When we are persistent, we continue with a set of activities until their completion, rarely wavering from our desired goal. When persistent, we may endure numerous pitfalls or discouragements, and there may be times when we contemplate giving up, but we do not.  We get up again and again, and move forward, despite fatigue and despite internal or external criticism. The drive towards the desired “end” is strong and propels us forward. 

In the well known fable of the tortoise and the hare, the tortoise’s persistence and dogged determination kept him moving forward to win the race against his formidable opponent.  Sometimes we need this type of dogged determination in our lives to keep us moving forward despite “apparent odds”.

Persistence may also refer to something that continues well beyond its ability to be useful and supportive. When something persists that is not welcomed, it can be experienced as annoying and even deleterious to us - be it a “persistent cough”, annoying gadfly, or a behavior that has become a “nasty habit”.  To change it may require an awareness or tolerance that is equally persistent and pervasive.

If you have pulled this cards you may want to ask yourself if there is something requiring more determination in your life.  Is there confirmation of a continued effort you have already invested?  Do you need to persist toward a goal to achieve your desired results? Is there something persisting in your life that you would like to change?  Perhaps if what is persisting is unwanted, it requires equal amounts of tenacity to change it.


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

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Soul Navigation Card of the Week: TRUTH


Truth Card

Definition: A fact that has been verified; conformity to reality; a statement proven to be or accepted as true; sincerity; integrity; fidelity to an original standard; that which is considered to be the supreme reality and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.

Satya is the Sanskrit word for truth and refers to that which is unchangeable and pervades the universe in all its constancy. Some say it is not for us to know an absolute or ultimate truth, for we live in a land of relativity, but that we can experience glimpses of truths that cross paradigms and dimensions. Indeed, truth is relative. What is true for one person is not necessarily true for another. Truth is also relative across paradigms. A poetic truth is not always a literal truth. What is true in one area of the sciences may not necessarily be true in other areas. When groups agree upon a way of perceiving something, it is believed as true. Not understanding an individual’s or group’s truth does not necessarily make the truth invalid. 

Yet, when we come upon “a truth” we often have a visceral experience somewhat akin to an “aha” moment. There is a certainty of knowing that feels undeniable, and an alignment with our self that “rings true” throughout our whole being. We may experience it as a sens,ate knowing, cognitive knowing, intuitive knowing or otherwise, but its certainty feels undeniable.

Expressions such as “the truth hurts” paradoxically serve to keep our frightened defense-ridden ego from the truth of its nature. It is not the truth that is painful, but rather the process of letting go of illusions and defensive structures that binds us to false beliefs. Our personal truth is not about following rules of right and wrong, but about how aligned we are with our core self and our heart. When we speak with our heart, we speak with truth, other hearts listen, and our own being perks up. When we are aligned with our truth, we can feel like “truth has set us free”. We may experience a lightness of being as we step out of illusion and let go of points of view that constrict us. When deeply aligned with truth, we may feel open and centered, and a freedom of being.

If you have drawn this card you may want to reflect on what truth is for you. Are you being called to explore your inner truth? Is there a truth being reflected to you in this moment? Does your situation reflect a truth for you, or is it out of alignment with your own truth? Do you need to honor your truth, through voice, action, or silence? 

© 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

Soul Navigation Card of the Week: CENTER

Center Card 

Definition: A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the boundaries of a figure; the most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; object upon which interest and attention focuses; a place where some particular activity is concentrated.

The felt center of our being – sometimes called authentic self, core self, or true self – serves as a focal point in our spiritual development. When we are centered, we have a greater awareness of the essence of our being, we meet aspects of everyday life with greater ease, and we have a stronger connection to our place in the experience of life. There is a greater flowing of our essence from our inner core that keeps us from becoming overwhelmed by the vicissitudes of life.

The notion of the existence of a central part of our being is a complex idea that leads to numerous philosophical, spiritual and scientific debates. If we believe we are infinite beings, then our center is not necessarily a place, but a felt connection to the truth of our being, free from constrictions and limitations.  We often hear phrases such as ‘being centered’, ‘keeping our center’, or ‘being off center’.  To be centered in our ‘core self’ is more a felt sense in our experience, rather than something that can be mapped in time and place, or that can be explained through linear logic. We can be centered physically, psychologically or spiritually. When we are aligned with our core values, feelings or ideas we experience congruency in our decisions and actions. Alternatively, we may become ‘off center’, misaligned, and the stresses of life may ‘tip us over’ when we are not centered. 

If you have pulled this card you may want to explore the meaning of center for you. When have you felt the most at center or ‘centered’?  How have your life and life decisions flowed when you felt centered?  Do you need to find ways to bring yourself back to center?  What would your life look like if you were always connected to center?


© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

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Soul Navigation Card of the Week: IMAGINATION

Imagination CardDefinition: The formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as present to the external senses; the ability to form mental images of things or events; the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems.

The power of imagination is one of the most potent resources we have for healing, for creative endeavors, inventions and for expanding our horizons. Imagination relies upon a high level of creative fluidity, and the ability to tap into and interact with the non-rational dream-like world. Engaging the imagination involves not only imagining pictures in one’s mind, but also utilizing all five senses as well as feelings, emotions, and intuition.  When we imagine we engage in the imaginal as if it had a life of its own.

A strong imagination is a necessary component of all creative endeavors be it related to work, personal projects, or shaping the direction of one’s life.  Some mystical doctrines believe that all things first arise in the world of the imagination before becoming real.

In the Asclepian Temples, healing rituals involved connecting to the inner imaginal world through dreams and visions to access messages for healing.  Shamans have been some of the earliest healers bridging the “imaginal” world with mind, body, and soul.  Science today has only begun to touch upon the powers of the imagination for healing utilizing techniques such as hypnosis, guided imagery, biofeedback and even EMDR.

Imagination can have a “downside”, which is not about imagination per se, but about the way it may be integrated in one’s life.  If one is not centered, present or able to navigate and distinguish between the imaginal world and the “real” world, difficulties may arise. We may have flights of fantasy when carried away with the imaginal world, that under certain circumstances can become actively imagined worries and fears to the point of having difficulty distinguishing what is real. Extreme examples are found in episodes of psychoses or delusions that make it challenging to function. 

If you have pulled this card you may want to explore the role imagination plays in your life.  What are you imagining day-to-day?   Is it something you would like more of?  How could you have more of what you are imagining?  Does your life function more in the world of the imagination?  How could increasing imaginative play change your world?  Do you need to ground your imagination in more practical ways?


© 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