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YES!! - Soul Navigation Card of The Week

Yes Card

When we say “YES!” wholeheartedly, every part of our being opens up, and we accept and affirm that which we are saying yes to.  At that moment, there may be a sense of expansion in spirit and soul. If we could see our body’s response when we are experiencing a congruent and enthusiastic “YES!”, I imagine we would see our very pores and cells open up to receive!  When we fully engage, affirming what is happening in the moment, we enter a state of allowance and are able to overcome resistance. 

Often, however, we have been trained to say yes when it is not congruent with our being at a particular time, or in general.  We say yes for multiple reasons: out of obligation, social conformity, so that we don’t hurt another’s feelings, or perhaps to make ourselves feel better.  Worse yet, we may even be forced to say yes through manipulation or other abuses of power; this can create challenges not only in trusting others, but also in experiencing our own “felt sense” of yes.  It is important when we say yes that “all parts” of us are in accord, otherwise we move out of integrity and out of our own deep listening.  When one’s “yes” is half-hearted and not fully engaged, it does not bode well for what one is saying yes to.

Scan your awareness through all the levels of your being, without thinking but rather through sensing and careful noticing.  Do your body, mind, spirit and soul all feel consensual? Feel the difference when you embrace your experience with a “YES!”.  With yes your openness and willingness to embrace what is in the moment and in your life expands all possibilities.  Explore saying yes over and over again to the moment, to all that is happening around you, and to your very being.  Notice how you open up to the world in a huge, positive embrace.

If you have drawn this card, you may be embracing your life, or something in your life with enthusiasm and positivity.  You may be exactly where you need to be at this moment! All systems are go! What are you saying yes to?  Do you say yes when you mean no?  What would it look like to say yes to every moment?  How do you know when your whole being says yes?



© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

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


PEACE - Soul Navigation Card of the Week

Peace Card

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. In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.  If you would like to purchase or view the full deck visit

COURAGE - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Courage Card

When we have courage, we have strength of heart that enables us to continue on despite our fears - real or imagined.  It does not mean we move forth senselessly or mindlessly, but that we simply do not let the fears of the mind, override the spirit in the heart.  The etymology of the word courage comes from the Latin word “cor” meaning heart.  Following the truth of the heart is often a brave act, though some may feel it is all we can do. 

Our heroes throughout history and in myth, acted from what they believed in at their innermost core, despite fears or how the odds may have been stacked against them.  Their valor derived from listening and acting according to their innermost integrity.   

When fear dominates, move into your core, into your heart, and strength of conviction, and let this hold you up.  Embrace your fear and sooth it as a gentle, caring parent would a small child.  Every step out of fear and into the heart is a hero’s journey of self. 

Perhaps it is time to remember the strength of your inner convictions and let them guide your next steps, or your next thoughts.  Be gentle with yourself and remember who you are.  Move forward, despite fear.  Garner strength from the heroes you admire, well-known heroes and everyday ones.  

Where do you need to bring more courage into your life?  How will courage change your current situation?  What are times you have acted  despite fear? 


© Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

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PLAY - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Play Card

Play is an activity we often associate with children.  More often than not our culture has a negative attitude towards “child’s play”.  It is seen as trivial, extraneous, unnecessary, and, very often, as a waste of time.  There is, however, much we can learn about how to be in the world from the play of a child.

When children play they bring all that they are into the moment.  They are interactive with the environment in a way that is fully engaged, with a fluid interplay between their inner world of imagination and the world around them.  When engaged in such a way, they are also learning, processing, and exploring their world.  There is a dynamic interplay with the inner and outer world that can be creative, restorative, and healing in a myriad of ways.

When we play, we are able to let go and move fluidly with life, and see the world and all our experience through the eyes of a child again – a child supported and loved and without worries, and all life is playful engagement in any given moment.

Play is the art of just being, innocent, open, present, and in the moment.  You cannot play without being in the moment at least to some degree.  When we are whole-heartedly present we lose ourselves in joy and a level of being where time disappears, where there is a sense of oneness with all things, and where distinctions of inner and outer become meaningless. In this moment, play is a restorative nectar for the soul.

When you pull this card, it may be time to ask yourself if you are having fun?  Are you taking time to simply be and enjoy what is in your life?  Has your life become too serious?  Perhaps you need to engage in your life as through the playful and innocent eyes of a child.  Notice when you feel playful, and how you can engage in this energy more often.  What constitutes play for you?  When do you engage in play?  Perhaps it is time to get in touch with your playful child nature.


© 2012 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