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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.


DARK - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Dark

Dark is a place we all need to dive deeply into once in a while to find our luminescence deep within. Dark is quiet and empty and without pulse.  Its gripping silence and emptiness can be frightening.   In this silence we may hear our thoughts whirling, and feel the grip of strong old pain, or perhaps old beliefs, habits, or ways of thinking hampering our ability to feel joy or our inner peace.  When we dive in, if we hold our breath and struggle, we may be resisting and fighting against ourselves and the very essence of our being.

When we encounter the dark card it may be telling us that it is a time to turn inward and look deeply through the darkness to find the light and strength from within. 

It may come at a time when you are moving through some deep or painful issues in your life where you encounter your shadow or another’s shadow side that may be moving you off your center. 

When in this phase, it is important to remember that out of the dark seasons of our lives much growth and light can come. Though the dark is the absence of light, you are never completely in the dark as there are always tiny specks of light. 

How do you move through the dark phases of your life?  When you are in a negative cycle are you overpowered by your negative habits or addictions of various sorts to get you through? Do you run, hide, fight, or accept where you are?  Where is your shadow casting itself?  Are you being affected by someone else’s dark cycle?

 

 

© 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 .

 


Responsibility: Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Responsibility Card

Responsibility is the ability to respond and be accountable.  It is felt as a subtle awareness that accompanies a response to something and guides our actions.  Our sense of responsibility varies with our social, cultural, and psychological makeup.

 

With responsibility as the card for the week, you may want to explore your sense of responsibility in different situations.  What are your highest responsibilities for this week?  Are there things you are responsible for that you shirking?  Are you taking on too many responsibilities?  How are you being responsible to your body, and to your soul?  What responsibilities can you let go of that are not yours?  What responsibilities can you tend to that will lighten your load?

 

Near the beginning of the week (Tuesday) we have a new Moon in Pisces with both the Sun and Moon conjunct Neptune and Mercury.  This is a good time to delve deeply into the spirit and soul of your nature, and to begin new projects of a more lofty nature.  Neptune has not been in its own sign for 160 years.  This is an auspicious time to bring the heart and sould to the mind, and to embrace more fully responsibility for our soul. 

 

May we know the expansiveness of our true nature.

 

If you would like to see the extended description for Responsibility see the Soul Navigations posts for the month of November 2011. To view all the cards visit  www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.

 


OPENING - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Opening Card

With OPENING as the card for the week, it may be important to keep an open mind as you explore the multitude of possibilities. You may notice opportunities, alternative solutions, or shifts where things were previously blocked. What happens when you are open to the moment without judgment of right or wrong?  When we are open it allows for flexibility and change.

This week’s planetary dance may bring intense emotions as Venus squares Pluto, Mercury enters Pisces to conjunct Neptune, followed by the Sun at the end of the week.  What would it be like to be open to the ebb and flow of intense emotions with peace and ease?  What openings might arise?

Wishing you a wonderful week with many gifts of spirit.

 

Here is an except form the Soul Navigation Card descriptions:

When we experience an opening in our life it is as if a door has opened up and an opportunity presents itself that was not there previously.  Sometimes these openings come into our lives when we are not even looking or aware that we need a change; but suddenly we experience a relief, a shift, or a release.  This shift takes us out of our normal routine and our usual way of seeing, and prompts us to take notice.  It can be as dramatic as the sun peeking through the clouds on an overcast day, or perhaps more subtle as a gentle shift of feelings through music. 

Openings may be experienced as a new perspective, interest, or even making a connection with someone that proves later to be an important one.  In order to experience it, it is important to remain open to possibility, not be so quick to judge circumstances; to don an attitude of observation, and allow new information to come to light.

 © Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

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Beginnings - Soul Navigation Card for the Week

Beginnings Card

With “Beginnings” as a card for the week you may want to pay attention to any newness in your life, be they habits, opportunities, or something you have thought of starting for a long time, but have finally found the time.  Be patient with yourself as you begin new endeavors, remember there is always a learning curve.  Approaching the world with a beginners mind may allow you to see what is new and invigorating, and approach things with curiosity and openness.   The full moon in Leo this week may spark a new creative project.  Be patient with the execution phase, with Mars retrograde in detailed Virgo, it may take longer than expected. 

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Last week marked the completion of writing about each one of the 70 Soul Navigation Cards.  It is fitting that the "Beginnings" card start the new cycle of exploring the cards, not simply because I am starting a new cycle, but because I am exploring new ways of presenting and using the cards.  Stay tuned!!

The original post for this card was 9/04/11.  If you would like to view it, it is at this location  http://www.soulnavigations.com/soul-navigations/2011/09/index.html.  I have included it below for your convenience.

 

For those of you who have purchased a deck, I will soon have a PDF of the card descriptions available.  If you would like me to email you one, please contact me at leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.

Have a wonderful week.!!

 

Whether a new phase of something or a completely new start, new beginnings can be exciting and invigorating. One often feels promise, hope and a freshness of new ideas.  The incubation period is done, roots are taking hold, and one can see, feel and taste the exhilaration of something new!

Even though new beginnings can be filled with excitement of new possibilities, there can also be fragility in this early phase. When something is in its beginning phase it may be vulnerable and need nurturing and tender loving care.  It may be important to nurture your new beginnings by softening your expectations, and allowing more time and attention to that which is taking birth. Keeping it protected from harsh criticism or defeating points of view – yours or others – may be helpful.

 If you have drawn this card you may have recently started a new endeavor, experienced a new way of being, or have embraced new perspectives.  It may feel like a fresh start or, perhaps, something has been cleared or let go of, allowing a new phase to begin.

You may want to ask yourself if there is something new entering your awareness?  Are you starting a new endeavor, or entering a new phase of a project, a new friendship?  Are you psychologically beginning some internal changes?  Do you have a new bounce in your step?

 

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

 

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: CONTEMPLATION

Contemplation Card

Definition: deep consideration; reflection; thoughtful observation; meditation; mindfulness; introspection.

When we are in contemplation we slow down, turn inward, and reflect upon things very deeply.  In deep introspection, our “searchlight” reviews a myriad of past events, actions and choices, our life, or the meaning of life. We may turn our attention to specific issues of concern, but may also be able to observe our process in the moment – the rising and falling of thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Being ever mindful of the present begins to naturally create space between stimulus and response, action and non-action, doing and not doing. It is this pause and space that enables us greater freedom of choice. We may not always have to move into deep contemplation to apply skillful reflection; by being more present or mindful can enable true Self to engage more directly in our lives.

Contemplation is also known as a stage in the process of change where one reviews the advantages and disadvantages of change and explores how best to move forward in the future. It is a stage in the process of change that is necessary before we take action. If we linger too long in this phase it can sometimes feel as if we are stuck reviewing the past or a course of future action. This sometimes happens when one is rigidly attached to an outcome, has unprocessed regrets, or is bound by fear or past conditioning. 

The purpose of reflection is to review, revise, and come again to a situation in a different way. In this way we grow, evolve and move more into alignment with our authentic self. 

If you have pulled this card, there may be something you may want to reflect on or review at a deeper level. It may also be time to become more mindful of the present. Are you currently in the contemplation phase of change?  How does contemplation fit for you now? Can you take a more mindful position?  What are your favorite forms of contemplation?  Do you need to set aside regular times for contemplation?

 

© 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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: CLARITY

Clarity Card

Definition: Free from obscurity; comprehensible and easy to understand; the state or quality of being clear; lucidity; unambiguousness; intelligible; exactness; light.

Clarity often refers to our experience of achieving sudden comprehension when previously things were unclear. The origins of the word come from Latin meaning clear, or bright.  Indeed, clarity can feel like having the sun come out from behind the clouds, or like a light illuminating what was once in darkness. When things become clear, related elements that were once obscured from view can also be seen.

A moment of clarity is often experienced as a sudden insight, a flash of understanding, or an “aha moment” when the light bulb turns on.  It may be a sudden understanding of a problem one has been working on, a truth that has been out of reach for some time, or perhaps some dynamic or pattern that becomes clear. The experience of achieving clarity can be a personal revelation or epiphany that send depth charges into our very being, sometimes illuminating a personal truth, or a grander vision of interconnectivity. 

The ways by which we arrive at clarity vary from person to person, and problem to problem. Journaling, talking it out, deep reflection, stopping the inner chatter, or seeking out someone who may be knowledgeable in your area of inquiry may all be ways of attaining greater clarity. Realizations often come in flashes, sometimes when we have stopped searching so hard and allow the wisdom of what we already know to come through. 

If you have pulled this card, you may be currently experiencing or seeking greater clarity in your life.  Perhaps something has recently been illuminated for you.  Are you having difficulty seeing what is going on?  Does it feel like you need more information about something?   What would have to happen for you to achieve greater clarity?  What would have to happen for you to acknowledge what you already know?

 

© 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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: FOUNDATION

 

Foundation Card

Definition: the basis on which something is grounded; lowest support of a structure; an institution supported by an endowment; groundwork, substructure or understructure; education or instruction in the fundamentals of a field of knowledge; the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun, developed, calculated or explained. 

When we lay the groundwork for something in our lives we are establishing the foundation on which other things can be built. Strong foundations are like deep roots and are essential for anything that is lasting in our lives. They ground us to our origins and ancestry, and can provide the blueprints to help us navigate through any problems that may arise.

A solid foundation in early childhood provides the basic building blocks of our personality and character, shapes our interactions with the environment, and even the quality of our consciousness.  Repetitive problems or patterns that we may encounter may be rooted in our foundations and solutions may require that we address them at that level. 

It is important to put adequate time and energy into developing the fundamentals at the beginning of any undertaking.  Not doing so can predispose to future difficulties, which may not be reparable without serious restructuring and remodeling. Costly problems can arise when a house is built in a weak foundation and basics are not tended to.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself what is the nature of the foundation you are standing upon?  How deep does your foundation go?  How are you connected to your roots and how do your roots influence you now?  Are you in the process of laying the groundwork for something in your life? What are the important fundamentals to your growth, your essence?  Do you need to make some fundamental changes in your life?

 

© 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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.

 

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: JUGGLING

JUGGLING

Definition: To juggle objects; to deal with two or more things simultaneously;, the act of manipulating balancing things; balancing; to keep two or more objects in motion at one time.

In the most common use of the word, juggling is the ability to keep two or more objects moving in mid-air without dropping them.  The juggler learns this skill through dedicated practice and attention.  She or he typically starts with two rounded, easily held objects, gradually adding in more props of differing types and sizes, and then perhaps adding the variant of juggling with others.  It is a skill that involves great timing, rhythm, balance, and coordination. 

Juggling is used metaphorically to describe our increasingly divided activities in today’s busy world that we commonly describe as “multitasking”.  We juggle home life, work life, social life and personal life – engaging in many tasks all at once.  We move from role to role and try to balance our various responsibilities – focusing on one, then another, concurrently or serially – switching from task to task. 

As with mid-air juggling, multitasking requires similar skills: timing, rhythm, balance, coordination, and also great organization.  A good “multitasker” can accomplish much. However, taking on too much or too many life events can disrupt our rhythm and create demands that throw off our focus.  The downside of multitasking is that it leads to a scattering of our energies and intentions, and reduces the quality of our attention, work and or the ability to be present.

If you have pulled this card you may want to examine what you are currently juggling.  How many “balls” do you currently have in the air?  Are you succeeding at getting a multitude of tasks done, or do you have too much going on at once?   Is this a period of time that require lots of multitasking?  Do you need to move things around to make room for other things?  What would it take for you to be a masterful juggler?

 

©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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.

 




Soul Navigation Card of the Week: COMMUNITY

Community Cards

Definition: A group of people living in a particular local area, having common ownership, or having common interests, values or goals; a district where people live; a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other.

The word community comes from the Latin word “communis” which means common. When we are in community we share a common bond and are like-minded with regards to values, interests, geographical location, and affiliations of numerous kinds. The interpersonal support gained from community creates a bond and can provide sense of belonging and connectedness. This supportive network increases our overall well-being in social, emotional or physical ways.

Traditionally, community formed around geographical location and habitat. Our first community was family, then extended family and, eventually, the tribe. We are social animals, naturally forming affiliations and finding connection with others through likes and dislikes as well as needs and common goals.  These extended relationships and mutual supportiveness have been important factors in our survival as a species.  Communities, however, have broadened beyond local neighborhoods to the World Wide Web, where online communities are formed through social networks, chat rooms, and gaming communities of various kinds. 

Today’s accessibility to the global community has expanded our awareness about how interconnected and interdependent we all are.  This change of consciousness asks us to expand our thinking and actions to include a broader sphere of community – our humanity.  That which makes us unique and different is also the place where we come together. When each person offers their individuality in a manner that is whole to the community, it creates a bond of mutuality, respect and support that is beyond measure.

Sometimes our connection to community changes. We may move away and have difficulty maintaining connection with people, or we may lose community through changes in affiliations or common interests. Communities that were once a good fit for us may no longer fulfill a supportive role. When this happens, it can feel like we are being constricted and asked to conform to the values and interest of the group, which may no longer be in alignment with our concerns.

If you pulled this card you may want to explore the nature of community for you. What is the extent of your circle of interconnectedness?  Do you have a supportive community?  Is it time to reach out to, or find your community?  Are your communities still of value for you?  Do you still have a shared bond in your community?  What do you offer to your community?  How do your choices impact the greater community?

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: 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

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: 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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.


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

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: 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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.


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


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.

 

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: YES

Yes Card

Definition: Affirmative; affirmation of assent or approval; an expression of great satisfaction.

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 www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: ACTION

Action

Definition: Something done; the state of being active; energetic.

When we are in action, we move, become energized, and actively direct our energies.  When in action, we are in “doing” mode, and our action steps are most often visible in the external world. We are no longer vacillating between the pros and cons of various possibilities or next steps. We have moved beyond pre-contemplative and contemplative stages of change. 

Staying in contemplation for too long can feel as if one is stuck and stagnating. “Taking the bull by the horns”, and moving to action is sometimes what is needed to move us forward and out of indecision, prolonged stagnation or even prolonged sadness. We take action with the choices we make at our own pace, but action of some sort is necessary for change, no matter how big or small the change is in our lives. 

When this card shows up it may be time to move forward and “just do it”. You may want to ask yourself where you need to take action. If you are contemplating something, or stuck in indecision, this may be a sign to take action. Or, perhaps there is much activity around you, and this is confirmation of the action you are already engaged in.  How long do you sit with something before you act?  Are you prone to jump right in or do you slowly wade into change?

 

© 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 please visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.

Direct inquires to info@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: BALANCE

Balance Card

Definition: A state of equilibrium; harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole; equality of distribution; symmetry; composure; poise.

When our life is in balance, both our needs and our interests get enough attention to create fulfillment and produce a feeling of satisfaction.  Though the concept of balance indicates an equal distribution, in our lives it can also refer to our not neglecting important areas of our life that assist us in living harmoniously.

All life is organized in a network and delicately balanced. Therefore, making changes in one area can have repercussions in other areas.  We see this in our ecosystem when our human footprint upsets nature’s equilibrium.  Balance, however, is not a static phenomenon, but rather a dynamic movement that is constantly readjusting itself.  Even when we walk we are readjusting and rebalancing ourselves in a dynamic motion that shifts our weight and center of gravity from one foot to the other. 

When we think of balance in our lives, we often think of the interplay between work and play, our social and personal lives, or between income and expenditures. Our emotional world, too, is an important aspect of our personal lives that benefits from greater balance.  Taking time to learn to move through strong emotions and find our center in the ups and downs of life can result in significant rewards.  

If you have drawn this card you may it may be alerting you to the need for more balance in some area of your life. Have you been focusing on one area of interest at the expense of another?  Are you needing more emotional balance in your life?  Or, perhaps you have already found an equilibrium in your life that reflects an overall calm state.

© 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 please visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.

Direct inquires to info@fuzionhealingarts.com.

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: BEGINNINGS

Beginings Card

Definition:  The initial part or section of something

Beginnings – whether a new phase of something or a completely new start – can be exciting and invigorating. During such beginnings, one often feels promise, hope and a freshness of new ideas.  The incubation period is done, roots are taking hold, and one can see evidence of new growth.

When something is in its beginning phase it may still need nurturing and tender loving care. Even though new beginnings can be filled with excitement of new possibilities, there can also be fragility in this early phase.  It may be important to nurture your new beginnings by softening your expectations, and allowing more time and attention to that which is taking birth. Keeping it protected from harsh criticism or defeating points of view – yours or others – may be helpful.

If you have drawn this card you may have recently started a new endeavor, experienced a new way of being, or have embraced new perspectives.  It may feel like a fresh start or, perhaps, something has been cleared or let go of, allowing a new phase to begin.

You may want to ask yourself if there is something new entering your awareness?  Are you starting a new endeavor, or entering a new phase of a project, a new friendship?  Are you psychologically beginning some internal changes?  Do you have a new bounce in your step?

 

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: HOPE

Hope Card

Definition: The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled; positive expectations; optimism; intending with the possibility of fulfillment.

Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel, the belief that “this too shall pass”.  Its slightest glimmer can take us out of deepest despair and lead us to our sweetest joys.  When we are hopeful, the resulting emotion creates an energy shift wherein our positive expectations are able to arise and move beyond doubt and negativity. When we are hopeful, the emotional constriction that doubt, fear and despair bring is softened and we are able to move to a place of new possibilities.

While hope is the expectation of positive possibilities, it does not have to be directed towards any one thing in particular. The experience of being hopeful, in and of itself, can open us up to a range of new, and alternative possibilities. Expectations that constrict us clamps down our very life force, whereas hope allows our hearts to open to opportunities of something better.  The expectation of something better and beyond where we are now invites us to entertain and imagine all we can be.  Though hope may seemingly take us beyond the moment, when experienced “in the moment” it allows the heart to open up and expect greater things.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where in your life you need hope. Is there anything happening around you that is contributing to worries?  Are you hopeful of certain outcomes?  How can you regain and allow your sense of hope to guide your process?  What would it be like for things to turn out better than you ever hoped for? What would have to happen for hope to move you toward positive possibilities?

 

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: UNFOLDING

Unfolding Card

Definition: A developmental process; to develop or come to a promising stage; to extend or stretch out from a folded state; movement.

When we are unfolding, we are in a process of becoming – a process that has its own pattern of development unique to every life form.   All things are evolving according to their nature.  We can assist the process to some degree – mostly by assuring that our environment is at its most conducive to this unfolding.

When a fern emerges from the earth, you can see, in the coiled fiddlehead, the fern that it is to become; its wholeness is compacted into a tight coil.  In this tightly wound fiddlehead we know and can see that the process of coming to maturation is underway.

The Unfolding card is about movement and the energy of things developing according to their unique design.  All things have stages of unfolding, be it a creative project, a relationship, or an emotional process such as takes place during grief and loss.  Sometimes it is difficult to trust that things are working out as they “should”, particularly when there is no tangible evidence, and there is no way of seeing the trajectory.

When this card has been drawn it may be a confirmation that things are evolving in the way they need to. This can be a reassurance and a reminder to trust the process, and hold the space.  Sometimes we can do damage to the natural growth of something by attempting to artificially speed up the process.  The fiddlehead cannot unfurl faster than it can, to push it would be to damage the life that is to become. Sometimes we perceive slow growth as “bad” when it is simply a process of unfolding.

 

Some questions that may be helpful when this card arises are:  Where do I need to honor a process in my life?  What is unfolding at this moment?  Am I trying to hasten a process?  How can I relax into the knowing that things are unfolding just as they should?  What would it be like to be more in the flow and movement of life?

 

© 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 please visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.

Direct inquires to info@fuzionhealingarts.com


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: WHOLENESS

Wholeness Card

 

Definition: An undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting; integrity; unity; a coherent system of parts working together as one.

When we are whole, we feel complete, fulfilled, and that nothing needs to be added or taken away from the moment or from ourselves.  This sense of fulfillment is neither contingent upon experiencing simple pleasures in life, nor from achieving lofty accomplishments.  The experience of wholeness usually comes from a sense that all aspects of one’s self are aligned in dynamic harmony.

As we move through life, we may encounter difficulties that shock us, or we may suffer losses, some of which may feel so devastating they shake us down to our core.  Very strong emotional experiences can create deep injury to Self, wherein parts of our emotional world may become frozen and lost to us.  We may become unbalanced in body, mind, soul and spirit.  Coming back into our wholeness is a journey of healing and reclaiming and accepting all parts of ourselves.  We are greater than the sum of our parts.

If you have drawn this card it may indicate a movement towards or a confirmation of an inherent integrity of someone or something.  You may want to explore how integrity impacts you at this moment.  What do you need in your life to feel whole?  Do you make choices that will allow you to flow towards wholeness on all levels of your being?  As you examine your collection of moving parts, is something missing or misaligned?  Are you only expressing part of yourself?

 

© 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. 

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase! If you would like to order or view a video of  the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: RETREAT

Retreat Card

Definition: Withdrawal; a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet; withdrawal for prayer, study, or meditation; to pull back or move away from.

Moving inward is a natural rhythm of nature.  After the abundant growth of summer, and the letting go of fall, winter provides us a natural pause and movement inward.  We all need to retreat once in a while, to have a break from our normal routine, and to move our attention inward to reevaluate, refresh and integrate our experiences.

These sojourns are often seen as an inward journey to the stillness of one’s soul for connection, answers or rejuvenation. Generally introverts need to schedule periodic withdrawals more frequently than extroverts. We may go on retreats for a day, a week or a month; sometimes whole lives are dedicated to this inward journey.

Retreats, however, do not have to be a formal event. They can be times that we set aside throughout our day to cut down on distractions, reflect, recharge and have a more inward focus.  Mini-retreats such as meditation, journaling, prayer, or simply sitting in stillness are ways that we can turn inward.  These mini-retreats can be helpful to maintain centeredness in our busy lives. 

At times retreats may simply be taking a breather from something that has required much of our focus.  The act of distancing can be helpful in allowing us to see more clearly.

If you have chosen this card you may benefit from some stillness, quieting your mind, or journeying within for answers.  Perhaps it may indicate a project, or that the subject of your question is paused for reevaluation.  Do you need to withdraw to get an alternate perspective?  Or perhaps someone around you is retreating.

 

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: PROTECTION

Protection Card

Definition: The act of shielding from danger, injury, destruction or damage; to safeguard the integrity of something; to guard or defend.

Moving into a protective stance is something that we naturally do when there is a potential threat.  It can be seen at the microscopic level wherein our cells have defense mechanisms to identify and guard against organisms that may be detrimental to them.  Similarly, our bodies move instinctively when we fall by raising our hands as a shield. All organisms have a built-in biological mechanism for self-preservation.

These same protective mechanisms can be seen on emotional and spiritual levels and similarly usually arise when there is a threat to the integrity of our being. Each person has a “set-point" as to when they need to move to a protective stance.  Some highly sensitive people may feel the need to shield themselves more than others, whereas others may be more “thick skinned”. 

When you are feeling apprehensive and perhaps the need to protect, it is important to honor these feelings and do whatever is necessary to feel protected: lock the door, energetically shield yourself, back up your hard drive.  Often these impulses need to be acted upon, and when people do not they have regrets.  On the other hand it is also important to reflect on the nature of the apprehension and identify where the apprehensions originate – from internal unresolved fears, external threats, or both.

When this card arises it may be confirming some unconscious apprehensions you have been feeling.  Is there something integral to you or in your environment that needs to be safeguarded? Are you perhaps being overprotective?  Where in your life (do you need? Not sure what you mean) to safeguard something? Is there anything happening around you that is contributing to feeling unsafe?  Are you feeling protective of your space, your time, or your energy?

© 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 Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: OPENING

Opening Card

Definition: Any empty space in or between things; a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise; becoming open, or being made open; an opportunity; a vacant or unobstructed space; the first of a series of actions.

 

When we experience an opening in our life it is as if a door has opened up and an opportunity presents itself that was not there previously.  Sometimes these openings come into our lives when we are not even looking or aware that we need a change; but suddenly we experience a relief, a shift, or a release.  This shift takes us out of our normal routine and our usual way of seeing, and prompts us to take notice.  It can be as dramatic as the sun peeking through the clouds on an overcast day, or perhaps more subtle as a gentle shift of feelings through music. 

Opening may be experienced as a new perspective, interest, or even making a connection with someone that proves later to be an important one.  In order to experience it, it is important to remain open to possibility, not be so quick to judge circumstances; to  don an attitude of observation, and allow new information to come to light.

When you pull this card you may notice opportunities that were not there before, a solution or a way out of a dilemma is found. Sometimes you can take actions that create openings in your life.  Such things as: clearing your space, your calendar, or simply bookmarking “open” time.  Perhaps you are embarking on a new venture and would benefit from the ritual of an opening ceremony?  Whatever you do to welcome the space for this new energy, holding a nonjudgmental and observational stance will allow you to move into more “apertures of possibility”.

Here are some questions that may be helpful to ask yourself. Is my judging mind or critical stance preventing me from noticing possibilities? How can I stay present to the moment and notice alternate solutions?  How can I find an opening in each moment of my life?  Are there actions I can take that facilitate and welcome something new?

 

© 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.  

 

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase! If you would like to order or view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products . For questions email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: LOVE

Love Card

Definition: a strong positive emotion of regard and affection; used as term of endearment; a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction.

When we love someone or something, we have a feeling of fullness and wholeness that is experienced in the heart center and can expand outward throughout our whole being. This feeling is often accompanied by openness, expansiveness and a deep abiding connection to what one cares for. In loving there is both an acceptance of, and attention toward, someone or something.  This acceptance is – at its deepest level – unconditional positive regard.

Having unconditional acceptance and love for another takes practice, patience and awareness. Sometimes such acceptance is easily achieved in relationships, but most often, our personal desires to be seen and met in a particular way drive our expectations in different directions. Our expectations, judgments, and resistance can ultimately create strong barriers to our sense of connection. Loving requires deep self-examination to determine where we judge others and ourselves.

Love can never be acquired, manipulated, bought, or forced. Love is an energy that is experienced only through its giving, and its movement is outward from our center. It arises from total acceptance, appreciation and attention to “what is”. Grasping for things to fill us only temporarily satisfies a desire that has its origins in scarcity and fear.  We can never be filled from the outside in – be it through food, material objects, or another person.  Love’s movement is from the inside out: “love is an inside job.”

Mystics and sages have called this energy in its purest essence “divine love” – and this energy has been considered the cohesive force of the universe itself. Learning to love is our soul purpose. Some say it is not learning per se, but rather remembering our inherent connection to all life.

If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself where in your life you are experiencing love. Can you find confirmation of an abiding presence of love?  How are you embodying love? How can you expand the love that is within and in your environment?  How can you bring more love to each and every situation? Are you seeking someone or something else to fill 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: TRUST

Trust Card

Definition: A feeling of certainty; believing in the honesty and reliability of others; confidence in a person or plan. 

When we trust in someone, something, or the world, we generally have greater confidence that things will work out. When we trust others, we become open and receptive in relationships, allowing for experiences of connectedness and intimacy.  Trusting the world around us requires a general optimism and faith that allows us to take steps forward and take risks in new endeavors. The more trust we have in our lives, the more we can move into a flow of being in which we feel supported and connected to a deeper fabric of existence – whatever happens. 

Our ability to trust is strongly influenced by our experiences in our early childhood relationships and environment. A sense of security established in the early part of our lives provides a template for future relationships. If we weren’t able to feel secure, we may put up walls of protection, and fear can hamper our ability to move forward in the world. Trust is basic to our very being, giving us the confidence we need to grow and the ability to be fully present. However, even if early circumstances hampered our ability to rely on others, we can still learn to trust through corrective experiences, step-by-step.

We can experience trust on either an emotional or cognitive level. On an emotional level, trust is felt as assuredness, faith, optimism and confidence about oneself, relationships, and the world at large. On a cognitive level, we make logical and rational assessments of situations that help us discern whether there will be greater gain than loss. When we trust without the qualities of discernment, we may end up being disappointed. When we are unable to trust emotionally, we risk losing the joy of connection in our relational world. Ideally, our experience of trust has both emotional and cognitive components. As the Sufi saying goes: “Trust in God, but tie up your camel.” 

 If you have pulled this card, you may want to ask yourself some questions about trust in your life.  Are you able to trust?  Has your trust been compromised?  Do you need greater trust in your own abilities? Perhaps you need more trust in the world, that things are unfolding just as they should, and that you will be able to meet the challenge of whatever comes your way. 

 

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

 

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: STRENGTH

Strength Card

Definition: The quality of being physically or mentally strong; physical energy or intensity; power to resist stress or force.

We often think of strength in physical terms. However, there are other kinds of strength such as inner strength that is far more lasting than the physical strength of our impermanent bodies.  Inner strength helps us endure life’s vicissitudes or be a rock of support for others.  It propels us forward when outer circumstances seem to be a challenge.  It holds up and strengthens our character, as muscles do to our physical body.    

When we have inner strength we can take a stand and call upon inner resources that assist us in moving through more difficult moments, or in dealing with temptations that may challenge our goals, or personal integrity.  When we have “strength’”, we have qualities that are beneficial in achieving accomplishments in life, be they career, relational or personal goals.   Inner strengths can be qualities we naturally have, as part of our temperament, or ones we develop through life.

Though strength may at times be about endurance and stamina, inner strength is also about knowing when to yield and when to temper our strength with benevolence and compassion.  Strength is not to be confused with force aggression, or stubbornness.

If you have drawn this card you may want to ask yourself if you need to tap into your inner strength to move through a situation.  Perhaps you need to be the “point person”, holding the strength for others.  It may simply reflect that you have the inner strength you need and that it is time to step into your strength.

You may want to ask yourself, where do I need more strength?  How can I exercise my inner strength?  Is my strength needed in a situation I am part of?  How can I honor and recognize the strength that I already have?  What are the strength and qualities that I bring with me to any situation?

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck click Soul Navigation Cards on the navigation bar, or email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: Play

Play Card

Definition: To engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than serious or practical purposes; to amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretense; light and constantly changing movement; the action or manner of engaging in a sport or game; behavior or speech that is not intended seriously. 

Play is an actively 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.


© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

 

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: Communication

Communication Card

Definition: the activity of conveying information; a connection allowing access between person or places; an exchange between two or more people in a group; transmitting information thoughts and feelings.

Communication is the act of exchanging information about ourselves, and the world around us.  It enables connection to others, our external world and our inner world.  We engage in an interchange of ideas, feelings and thoughts, as well as a myriad of other possible exchanges that may be out of the range of our conscious awareness. 

Communication is a two-way street, in that we are both sending and receiving information.  This exchange is both expressed and perceived in numerous ways with verbal communication being the most obvious.  However, over 70% of communication is non-verbal and includes: gestures, subtle facial expressions, sounds, intonations, actions and non-actions, and even more subtly, the energy we bring into the conversation.

Optimally, communication is respectful, with an overall balanced exchange between listening and talking, sending and receiving.  Oftentimes however, our communication can go awry.  We may not feel heard, have difficulties expressing ourselves, or perhaps we are too expressive and possibly dominate the conversation, cutting off others’ dialogue and even our own ability to receive.  Sometimes our communication difficulties involve our own internal dialogue.  We may need to pay attention to our self-talk, and even the way our soul is speaking to us. 

When you pull this card, it may be time to pay greater attention to your communication.  Notice how you are engaging, or not engaging in dialogue.  Are you feeling heard?  Are you expressing your needs? What stops you from expressing yourself? What are you communicating?  What is the emotional tone of your conversations?  What are your “non-verbal’s” conveying?  Are you open and receptive to what others are communicating? Are there communications of spirit or soul that are needing your attention?

 

© 2010 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/produts .

 

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards are now available for purchase!  Should you wish to order a deck, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: FREEDOM

Freedom Card

Definition: the condition of being free; the power to act, speak or think without externally imposed restraints; ease; unreservedness; without a felt sense of obligation or duty.

Freedom is the condition of feeling unrestricted and without limitations: free from emotions that may constrict our ability to be fully present, and free from physical limitations that may constrict our well-being. Freedom brings with it a sense of ease of movement, and allows for spontaneity and full expression of self.  Ultimate freedom is experiencing this lightness of being and unencumbered spirit on all levels.

In Greek mythology, when Heroes were sent to Hades (hell) they were usually subjected to a punishment of a repetitive never-ending task that they had no power over, as though they had gone unconscious and lost their will and ability to choose.  Similarly, when we are caught in destructive habits – be they related to habits of action, thought or emotions – we have lost conscious choice and are encumbered by habits or addiction. At such times, our own internal complexes may restrict our freedom.  At other times, impediments to our own freedom may come from being weighed down by too many responsibilities.

When limitations seem impossible to change or seem in the distant future, remembering or imagining what it is like to be free allows one’s spirit to remember its essence, and transcend the illusion of restriction to forge a path toward regaining one’s freedom.

If you have chosen this card it may be a confirmation of the freedom and ease that is upon you.  Or perhaps it is time to look at what may be restricting your freedom internally or externally.  It may be time to pay attention to freedom in your life and what it means to you.

If you were to allow yourself more freedom what would it look like? If you were to exercise the freedoms that are inherently yours what would you do?  What are the constraints – real or imagined – that you can let go of to recapture your freedom?  Where have you given away your freedom to unconscious choices? If you were to spread your wings, where would you fly?

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

 

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in  July 1 2011.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: INSPIRATION

Inspiration Card

Definition:  Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling; something that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention; a sudden creative act or idea; the quality of inspiring or exalting; divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind; the act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.

To be inspired is to feel bursts of creativity, motivation, flashes of insight or ideas that propel us forward. Inspiration can come from something that moves us deeply. It motivates us towards creative endeavors,and elevates our spirit. Inspiration can help us regain motivation when it is lost, bringing the breath of new ideas to life. 

The word inspiration literally means to “breathe in”, or “breathe upon”. Historically, it has been associated with a form of divinely-directed, inspired, or mystically-imbued “communication”. The Greeks called upon the muses and gods for inspiration. Jung saw inspiration as coming from the personal and collective unconscious - the dwelling place of racial memory and archetypal schemas.

If you have pulled this card, be open to inspiration, and notice when you are inspired.  You may either already be in touch with your inspired self or something that is motivating you, or you may need to delve deeper to reconnect with what moves you. If your are already duly inspired, this card may suggest it is time to take notice of this state, and allow it to grow. To follow one’s internal inspirations is to follow one’s bliss.

Are you living your bliss? When was the last time you felt inspired? Where did you feel this inspiration came from? What inspires you and how can you bring more of what inspires you into your life?  Is it time to act on your inspirations?

 

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in mid June 2011.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: STRUCTURE

Structure Card 

Definition: morphology, form; the organization of something; the manner of construction of something and the management of its parts.

Without structure there would be no form. Structure provides a framework within which life arranges itself. Our skeleton provides the basic structure around which our bodies are formed, without which we would fall into a heap. Similarly, organizations, language and society all depend on structural elements that provide a framework or form from which their elements arise.

Structure is a principle that organizes life and allows things to take shape.  Our individual lives are usually structured around meaning, value and beliefs.  They provide the impetus for our choices, which determine our daily routine or structure.

In our daily lives, it is helpful if structural elements upon which we depend are flexible enough to adapt to life’s many changes. Excessive rigidity in structures keeps one locked into a way of being that hampers one’s growth – this is true on both the individual and collective level. On the other hand, excessive flexibility or fluidity in structure leads to a dissipation of energy and often elements do not take shape and fully actualize. 

When you pull this card, you may want to examine the structures in your own life – both internally and externally. External structures can include organizational or societal elements that can be overbearing or restricting on one hand or, essentially non-existent and lacking on the other. Internal structures are beliefs and assumptions through which we perceive the world and see ourselves.  Are you working under old frameworks?  Perhaps you are lacking a framework and way of containing the energy you are bringing into your life.

Do you need more structure in your life, or has it become too rigid?  Do you need to reorganize the current structures in your life?  Is attachment to your routine and structure your sense of security?  In what ways is your structure helping you? In what ways is it hindering you?

 

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bamic 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in mid June 2011.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: DIRECTION

Direction Card

Definition: the act of setting and holding a course; the concentration of attention or energy on something; the spatial relation between something; a general course along which something has a tendency to develop; something that provides advice as to a decision or course of action; a message describing how something is to be done.

Direction moves us towards our intentions, goals, or life vision, providing a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives and in our day-to-day activities.  A sense of direction guides our choices, movement, and the paths we take, moving us forward towards our goal, and unfolding Self.

Sometimes our direction is clear and focused, choices are obvious and there is a strong sense of progression towards our goals.  At other times our direction may seem unclear, guided by a sense of what we do not want or by what feels good in the moment. When we are guided by an inner knowing that is congruent with our soul – or deeper sense of self – direction may still not be clear, however a resounding “YES” in your whole being affirms the correctness of your path.

When you get this card it may be time to review the direction you are taking in your various life paths. Perhaps you need to concentrate your energies on what you are wanting to achieve, or on becoming more aligned with your goals or life vision. Recalling our direction reaffirms meaning and purpose in our activities and can reinvigorate our motivation.

Do you need to clarify your direction?  Are you moving aimlessly? Or, is your direction in line with your life vision, or with your soul’s path? Are your current direction and vision in conflict? Are the choices you make directing you towards your deepest goals?  Do you feel that you know what you want but not how to get there?

© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

 

“We need a path, not to go from here to there, but to go from here to here”.  Jakusho Kwong

“It furthers one to have somewhere to go”. I Ching

 

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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in June 2011.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: OBSTACLES

Obstacles Card

Definition:  a person or thing that opposes, hinders, or holds up progress; something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted.

When you pull this card there may be something blocking your desired goals, destination or achievements.  Obstacles are an impediment of your natural progression, and as with most things, obstacles may originate from within, without, or from an interplay of the two. 

Externally, obstacles can originate from a multitude of things: weather, traffic, mail delivery problems, unexpected delays, etc.  Internally, obstacles may be attitudes, outdated belief systems, or ineffective approaches towards your goal that may be blocking you.

Obstacles may become stronger through our resistance to them.  It is thus helpful to explore the nature of the obstacles we are encountering. Though obstacles may be frustrating at their onset, they may have a beneficial value in the long term.  For example, a delay may cause us to revise plans in a way that ultimately brings improvement; the obstacles can make us stronger, and more appreciative of what we have gained.  Obstacles may often lead to opportunity, lessons or benefits.  Sometimes they are felt as large insurmountable boulders on our path.  At other times, they are like fog, easily burned through by the light of the sun. 

What is the purpose of any obstacles you may be facing?  What are you learning through these obstacles? What happens when you accept the nature of the obstacle?  Is your will in alignment with your spirit?  Are there inner obstacles, beliefs, or other hindrances that are obstructing you?

 © 2010 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in June 2011.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships Card 

Definition: a relation between people; a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries; a state of connectedness between people; relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption; family relationship.

Relationships are of paramount importance in our life, from our primary relationships in early childhood that lay the groundwork for other interactions, to our sibling relationships, friendships, and deeper intimate ones. Relationships are fundamental to our learning, our growth, and connectedness in the world.  We are after all social animals despite the occasional recluse, and occasional retreats from socializing.

When in relationship our interactions become as a dance that is ever changing in rhythm. This dance can be sometimes graceful and smooth, boring and uninteresting, full of tension, and other times seemingly unskilled.  How do we meet each change in tempo?  Do we blame the other for their lack of skill, do we try and work on our rhythm as a team, or on our own, do we keep changing partners hoping to find the best dancer, or do we give up on dancing all together.

In relationships we can be deeply seen, met, and accepted just as we are. Relationships are where we learn to love more deeply, loving and accepting ourselves, and the other person.  Dropping our agendas, our hurts, and expectations we become vulnerable, we allow ourselves to be seen, we allow ourselves to see the other. 

It is easy to forget the importance of relationships, especially when other commitments get in the way or when the dance is not the way we wanted it to be.  All relationships are important from life partners, intimate friends, light-hearted friendships, acquaintances, and people we meet in our day-to-day comings and goings.  The most important relationship is the relationship we have with our self, for this relationship informs all other relationships.

If this card has come up you may want to examine the nature of your relationships. Is it time to pay more attention to your relationships? Have you lost yourself in your relationship?  Do you need to re-examine your relationship? Are you opening your heart in relationship?  Do you feel seen, and are you seeing the other?  What is your relationship like with yourself?

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in June 2011.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: GRATITUDE

Gratitude Card

Definition: A feeling of thankfulness and appreciation; the state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; kindness awakened by a favor received.

“Gratitude is the mother of all virtues.” 

-Marcus Cicero

When we are grateful, we experience a feeling akin to love. Our heart opens up in appreciation to that which we are grateful for, and we may experience an expansiveness throughout our whole being.

Gratitude is one of the most important feelings to cultivate in our lives.  Cultivation of gratitude involves noticing and appreciating that which we so often overlook - from a blade of grass, or a roof over our heads, to a supportive loved one. Finding gratitude towards life’s challenges - though difficult - greatly reduces stress and depression, and increases overall resiliency to future challenges. Perspectives change more easily and appreciating abundance in the moment becomes more evident.

Gratitude, in its pure essence, without attachment or dependency, opens the heart and one’s feeling of connectedness to people and the world around us. Feelings of isolation and separateness decrease. When we are grateful for both the mundane and the significant, painful things in our lives, we become open to the subtler ways in which we are deeply connected to all life. The synchronicity and magic of every moment becomes poignant and charged with appreciation, creating a ripple effect in the world around us. Gratitude exercises the heart of your soul. With an open and loving heart, all things are possible.

If you have chosen this card, explore the meaning of gratitude for you. Do you need more gratitude in your life, or is this a confirmation of your growing appreciation that now exists? How often you express your gratitude? Do you need to increase your expression of gratitude? What are you grateful for? How can you find gratitude even during life’s challenges?

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in June 2011.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.

 

 


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: PURIFICATION

Purification Card

Definition: the process of cleansing by getting rid of impurities; refining, refinement; a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites; the act of purging of sin or guilt; moral or spiritual cleansing.

When we engage in the act of purification, we are essentially cleansing or removing impurities from whatever we are focusing on is, be it drinking water, our bodies, or our soul. Cross-culturally there are numerous ways we purify ourselves, including: cleansing our bodies with daily showers or detox regimens; space clearing with sacred smoke or sound; or, soul clearing rituals such as sweat lodges, chanting, or religious confessionals. These rituals assist symbolically or in other ways by helping us rid ourselves of something we perceive as being misaligned with our self, or our soul essence.

If you have pulled this card take stock as to whether you are feeling the need for something to be purified within your physical body, emotional body or outer world. Sometimes the need for purification may be particularly pressing in a crisis or during a strong emotional charge caused by something that persists over an inordinately long time. If one has been ignoring one’s inner signals, the outer environment may bring an externally-driven crisis to us. At these times we may benefit by simply cleansing our workspace, or by tackling a mounting “to do” pile.

Though the process may not always be enjoyable, purification can be seen as a needed preparation for a new phase.  It is a way of “rebooting” or “cleaning the slate” before moving forward.

Are there some strong repetitive emotional charges that need to be “cleansed” in your life? How are experiences you may be going through a part of your cleansing process?   When is it time for some “spring cleaning”?  What are you needing to clear out before moving forward more freely?

 © 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in 4 weeks.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: LEARNING

Learning card

Definition: The cognitive process of acquiring a skill or knowledge through inquiry or other effort; getting to know, or becoming aware of something; gaining knowledge.

Learning is something we do daily. We interact with our external environment and adjust ourselves accordingly. Learning can pertain to acquiring new skills or knowledge, such as learning a new language, or it can refer to more internal processes such as learning the language of one’s psyche.

We learn best when we are open and receptive to taking in new information and integrating it into our life. Though we are always learning and adjusting ourselves to the external environment, we may have different areas where we are more receptive to learning than others. 

Learning is not always easy. It can be difficult when we feel coerced or are forced to learn something new by life's challenges.  At these times, we are more likely to come upon our own areas of rigidity or defensive posturing than when we invite our learning. The Greeks called this pathei mathos – through suffering there is learning.  Learning comes most easily when we engage inquiry, decrease resistance to let something new in and integrate it.

The axiom of “know thyself” reflects a process of internal learning that can lead us towards a deeper understanding of ourselves, others, and the world.  It suggests that a key to our contentment and peace in this world revolves around deeper self knowledge.

If you have chosen this card, reflect on what you may be learning about now.  Are you open to this learning, or are you resisting?  What is your learning process?  Are you patient or are you hard on yourself for not knowing already? What are you resisting learning?

 

© 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products .

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in 4 weeks.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: COMPLETION

Completion Card

Definition: The state of being complete; culmination; closing; concluding of an action; winding up; “bring to a head”; fulfillment.

Completion refers to the end of a cycle, the natural conclusion or fulfillment of the course of something.  Completion does not necessarily indicate a full finish or ending, but rather the close of a cycle or phase.  Natural cycles have phases which over time “come full circle.”  Completion in nature is seen in natural cycles such as: sunrise to sunset, spring until winter’s end or birth until death. 

Completion may also refer to a conclusion of a project, or a phase of a project.  Psychologically, completion may refer to a need for internal resolution of an emotional matter.  Often there is  “unfinished business” being resolved within us personally - or in our interpersonal relationships – that require completion. 

When completion is reflected as a state of being, it may be accompanied with other feelings such as peace, tranquility, or wholeness.  In this state nothing needs to be added to or subtracted from yourself or the moment.  All is well, whole and compete as it is.  One can say that each and every moment holds within it its own completion, completeness - its own wholeness.  This is true “perfection” – the perception that everything is as it should be at every given moment.

If you have chosen this card, reflect on natural cycles and sense of completion within you and the world around you.  Is there something that has run its course and needs to be completed?  Has something ended its natural cycle?  Is there some nagging emotional residue that needs corrective emotional conclusion?  Are you feeling a growing sense of fulfillment within?

 

 © 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 view the full deck visit www.fuzionhealingarts.com/products.

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in 4-6 weeks.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.


Soul Navigation Card of the Week: EARTH

Earth Card

Definition: The third planet from the Sun; the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; the ground forming part of an electrical circuit; according to Empedocles, one of four elements composing the universe.

Earth is the substance of life itself, - the rocks, clay, sand and soil from which emerge the trees, plants, and all creatures.  Symbolically, it is the substance from which matter emerges into manifestation.  Some cosmologies see earth as the clay from which our physical bodies were formed. Mother earth, Gaia, and Demeter are all associated with archetypes of the Earth Mother.

Earth holds the qualities of nurturing, strength, steadfastness, and creativity in that it supports and nurtures growth.  It is connected to the physical dimension and the realm of the senses.  In our language we have sayings such as: “down to earth”, “earth mother”, and “earthy” that reflect our perceptions of a practical, level-headed and caring person.

When you pick the earth card reflect on the deeper meaning of earth for you in your life.  It may be time to tune into your body, to pay attention to your physical needs, to slow down, and perhaps become more grounded.   It may be time to “get your hands in the soil”, to practice patience and honor the growth of whatever you are nurturing.  Perhaps it is time to contemplate your connection with the web of life on this planet, become more aware of and honor all the ways this earth sustains us, and reflect on the spirit of true stewardship.

Are you needing to ground your energies?  How do you connect with the “groundedness” of your own being?  How do you feel when you spend time in nature? How to you listen to and honor your physical body?  How do you listen to and honor the needs of the biosphere of our planet earth?

 

 © 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski

For a beautiful Essene blessing for mother earth visit http://humanityhealing.net/

 

 

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 view the full deck visit RODUPCTS on the navigation page of this blog.

Please note:  Soul Navigation Cards will be available for purchase in 4-6 weeks.  Should you wish to reserve a copy for the next printing, please email leslie@fuzionhealingarts.com.