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Tap Into Consciousness and Reach Your Potential

Have you ever felt stuck in your life? You’re not alone. That might make you feel a little better, but it doesn’t really help you get un-stuck.

So what does? Well, you can consult countless books, podcasts and life hacks to change your situation. But there’s one thing they have in common, and it’s a problem.

The problem is that these tools often tell you that the solution to your problems is outside of yourself. So, we forget about a powerful tool we already have inside: consciousness.

What is consciousness?

Consciousness is something every human shares, but scientists are still trying to figure it out. So, if researchers, philosophers, and psychologists are grappling with this subject, what can we say about it?

Most agree that consciousness is the awareness we have of our own thoughts, memories, emotions, sensations, and surroundings. It’s being aware of your internal states and your environment.

Your consciousness experiences are constantly changing. For example, you know you’re reading this article, but you have a memory of something, and your thoughts travel away from the screen.

Or, you might sit in a cafe, and notice the music in the background. Noticing and being aware of these things is only possible because of your consciousness.

Consciousness is seamless and smooth

Consciousness is never jarring or abrupt. We experience it without disruption – even if the internal or external events we observe are abrupt, jarring, disruptive or disturbing. It’s all smooth sailing for our consciousness.

In fact, our consciousness is so unobtrusive that most of the time, we don’t even remember we have it. And this is where we get tripped up. Forgetting about consciousness holds us back, and prevents us from reaching our full potential.

What happens when we forget about our consciousness?

Have you ever said the following thoughts:

  • It’s his/her fault I feel this way
  • People are out to get me
  • He/she did that to hurt me
  • The glass is half empty
  • I can’t change my situation
  • I’m not good enough
  • Why is everyone mean/rude to me?

There’s no right or wrong answer. And there’s nothing wrong if you said Yes. When we fall into negative thought patterns, it’s a sign we’ve forgotten about our consciousness.

Are you a passive recipient or an active player?

Consciousness “happens,” but if we think of consciousness this way – or if we don’t think of it at all – it makes us think that our thoughts, feelings, and opinions are automatic. They just happen, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

When we forget about consciousness, we forget that we can choose our thoughts, our emotions, and our opinions. We become passive.

But we can wake up to our consciousness. We can choose to engage with our consciousness. We can become active and stop being a victim to our internal states and external surroundings.

Tap into consciousness to reach your potential

Your consciousness is a powerful tool, and it’s going to run whether you’re aware of it or not. So, why not use it to your potential?

But how can tapping into consciousness help you reach your potential?

Think about it. You are a human being, but oftentimes, we behave more like human doings. We just do, do, do all day long.

But when you’re conscious that you’re not just a human doing things, but a human being, you can tap into your Being. This is where our potential lies.

Being is the essence of who you really are. You’re not just a human in physical form, existing in time. You have an essence that is timeless, formless and conscious.

Your Being is something that emanates from God, Universal Source, the Divine, or Love. We are constantly “plugged into” this Source.

You’re not an isolated, estranged human moving from birth to death on this earth. You are a deeply connected human Being, existing in tandem with a far greater Source of love and light.

When we only focus on being a human doing and don’t engage with our consciousness, we feel terrible because we’re ignoring an essential part of ourselves – our essence.

When we’re conscious, we remember we are Beings who are much more than skin and bones. And when we are aware of this, lots of things start to change.

Take a look:

  • You remember that you can observe your thoughts
  • You can get curious about your emotions
  • You can question your observations and opinions
  • You can make conscious decisions
  • You can make conscious choices

No more falling asleep at the wheel. No more autopilot. No more endless distractions. You are part of something much greater than yourself. And when you align with this greater Source, it is always there to support you.

It can’t be otherwise. As Eckhart Tolle teaches, “The universe wants to become more conscious, and the main life purpose for all human beings, is to come into alignment with that universal purpose.”

When you align with the universal purpose, how could you possibly stay stuck or stagnant? When you choose to align with the universe, it comes to your assistance. It has to.  Like attracts like, love attracts love, Being attracts Being.

How to tap into consciousness to reach your potential

In practical, everyday terms, how can we stop acting like human doings, and start living like human beings? How can we be more conscious?

#1: Meditation

When you practice meditation, you practice quieting the mind. You learn to observe your thoughts and emotions, rather than getting swept up by them.

In other words, you become conscious of your internal and external worlds. The more we practice meditation, the more we can tap into consciousness in everyday life. And this goes a long way.

#2: Check-in

The more you practice meditation, the more mental space you create. Here’s what that looks like in real life.

  • When you’re faced with any decision – big or small – you have the mental space to step back and check-in: Is this right for me?
  • When you’re having an argument – big or small – you observe your emotions and consciously choose to end the argument before it gets messy.
  • When you don’t know what to do with your life, you’re conscious of your connection to Divine Source. You know it’s there to support you.

#3: Remember to wake up

Have you walked away from your computer only to come back and find it in Sleep mode? Usually, all you have to do is tap a key, and it’s up and running again.

The same is true for us. We’re always connected to the Divine Source, but when we stop engaging with it, we fall asleep and get stuck.

Consciousness helps us wakes up to our Divine Connection. So, take time to be conscious that you’re always connected and plugged into Source. But don’t stop there.

Remembering isn’t enough. But then again, don’t fall into the trap of “doing something about it” either.

Remember your connection, be conscious of your connection, and welcome the Source back into your life. Be a recipient to the divine. Be an empty cup ready to be filled. Be willing to quiet the noise so you can hear Divine guidance.

Consciousness is the portal that gives you direct access to Divine Source. With this Source powering and loving us, we can get unstuck, get moving and reach our highest potential.

What To Do When You Feel Depressed After Something Great Happens

You’ve been waiting for the special day to finally arrive. But when it does, you feel down and depressed. Not exactly how you expected things to play out, right?

You’re not alone. Many people get depressed after something good happens. But that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. There are many reasons why we feel bad in the wake of positive events. But there are mindful ways to feel better, too. Here are 4 of them.

#1: Anticipatory joy

Research published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that

“The state of anticipating and desiring a product may be inherently more pleasurable than product ownership itself.”

In other words, wanting something makes you feel better than actually having it.

This doesn’t just apply to material possessions. Psychologists have identified something called “anticipatory joy.” It’s the anticipation of the desired outcome and it makes us feel good. Really good. In fact, it may be more pleasurable than the desired outcome itself.

How to deal with anticipatory joy

Anticipatory joy isn’t “bad.” It’s perfectly normal to be excited about an upcoming event, whether that’s the birth of your baby, your son’s graduation, getting promoted, or getting married.

Plus, anticipatory joy keeps us striving and moving forward. But it’s a problem when we get addicted to it. So, how can we keep this from happening?

Remind yourself that the upcoming event will be what it will be. In other words, remind yourself that it may not be a mind-blowing experience, and that’s perfectly alright.

Start saying, “I’m so excited” and “I accept all my emotions.” It’s okay to want to feel good but just don’t become so attached to feeling good that any other emotion makes you feel like a failure.

Remember that our minds love to create elaborate, imaginative stories in our heads. Your mind might create a story that won’t come true, and that will let you down. So, try not to spend too much time dreaming about the future day. Stay present to what is, right here and right now.

#2:  Positive events are stressful

Yes, earning your Ph.D. is a huge accomplishment, but it takes a lot of work to get there. The same goes for a wedding, promotions, relocating, etc.

Whatever the positive event is, you can usually find stress close behind. It’s the groupie you wish would leave you alone. And when stress – even positive stress – builds before it screeches to an abrupt halt, it can leave you dazzled and depressed.

How to deal with pre-event stress

There’s no point in saying “Just don’t feel stressed before your wedding.” Or before you have a baby, or take your first vacation. Stress is normal and it happens to even the most zen friend you have.

But here’s what you need to know about stress. It’s not that important. What’s more important is how you deal with it. And one of the most important things you can do is acknowledge your stress and not judge it.

This isn’t easy. It feels wrong to be stressed out about a good thing. This makes us deny our stress and ignore it. But this is the surest way to get depressed later.

Instead of ignoring your stress, acknowledge and accept that this is your experience right now. And when you acknowledge and accept your stress, you can take mindful steps to be with it and relieve it.

3-Minute Mindfulness

Dedicate 3 minutes to sitting in a quiet place, with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. Do this every day. The more you practice this, the easier it will be to access this sense of calm and quiet when stress shows up.

Self-parent

When you practice self-parenting, you love and pay attention to yourself like you’re your own parent. Sometimes, this love and attention can be “tough love.”

For example, when we were kids, our parents made sure we ate our veggies and got enough sleep. In the same way, you have to remind yourself of what makes you feel good and then, follow through.

This goes for “boring” things like exercise, diet, adequate sleep, healthy boundaries and saying “No” when you mean No.

Yes, self-parenting sounds like a drag. But try to think of self-parenting as a way to be your very own advocate – someone who always looks out for your very bests interests. Self-parenting can help you cope with stress so it doesn’t ruin your special day.

 #3: Pressure and expectations

One of the most difficult things in life is being true to yourself. Especially when you’re feeling emotions that are different from what you “should” be feeling.

For example, if you’re at a festive event and everyone’s happy and having a great time, it can be painful when you’re not.

How to deal with pressure and expectations

We get into a lot of trouble when we live according to “should’s”. I “should” be happy. I “should” want to be here. The should’s go on and on.

When we live according to our “should’s”, we don’t accept what is. For example, when we feel unhappy (that is, how we “shouldn’t” be feeling), we reject it, shame it, and shun it.

Consider the idea that every emotion is valid, and that it arises for a specific reason. Think of emotions like special messengers who have something valuable to tell you about your current experience.

Consider the possibility that you’re allowed to feel any emotion, and that all emotions are welcome – even if they’re not popular, expected or “right.”

#4: We’re more comfortable feeling negative emotions

Many of us are more used to negative feelings than positive ones. So, even if the positive feelings feel good, they feel different and strange in our mind and body.

Our cells get used to the stress hormone (cortisol) and they’re set up to receive that hormone. So, when we flood our system with a feel-good hormone, like dopamine or serotonin, our cells aren’t really prepared. And to be honest, neither are we.

This new and different feeling can actually trigger the sense that something’s wrong – all because you’re feeling something new.

How to deal with feeling negative emotions

If you usually feel negative, you can’t expect to feel over-the-moon when something good happens. So, instead of expecting yourself to feel great on one special day, try to improve how you feel on the “normal” and “boring” days.

The best way to do this is to elevate your vibrational frequency by cultivating a grateful mindset. You can do this by keeping a gratitude journal, going for a gratitude walk, or setting the intention to say “Thank you” more often.

When you choose to cultivate gratitude, it trains your brain to focus on the good things that are happening right now, rather than waiting for that “someday” to arrive.

Now is just as good a time as ever to feel good. After all, both Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng teach that your true joy is un-caused.

Do you tend to feel blue and depressed after something good happens? If you do, remember these 4 important reasons why, and try the tips for each one. You can transform your experience and start feeling positive emotions, rather than negatives ones both before and after positive events. That’s true whether you’re celebrating an important milestone, or tossing pebbles into a pond.

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How To Use Your Mind To End Suffering In Your Life

Come on, can you really use your mind to end suffering in your life? That probably sounds a bit gimmicky. But we’re not talking about a secret magic trick that makes your troubles disappear in a poof.

Instead, we’re talking about your mind. And how you can use it to create or eliminate suffering. It all depends on you. Most people want to end suffering. And it’s safe to say that you do, too. So, let’s explore this concept together, shall we?

Suffering and pain are different

We often think of pain and suffering as interchangeable, but they’re not. And the easiest way to distinguish them is in the words of M. Kathleen Casey, who said

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

Or, we could also say pain is objective, while suffering is subjective.

Pain comes in many different shapes and forms. It happens physically when you stub your toe. It happens emotionally when you feel rejected by someone. Pain happens spiritually when you feel lost and disconnected from the Highest Source. It happens mentally, when chemicals, hormones, and neurotransmitters are imbalanced and they create disturbed thinking patterns.

So, pain happens to us and disrupts our wellbeing. But if we start to confuse pain with suffering, we seriously limit ourselves and get stuck in a victim state.

Where does suffering come from?

Anything and everything can happen to us, and many of these things can cause us pain. But we begin to “suffer” when our mind gives these events a negative interpretation.

Let’s compare this to watching a movie. The movie, in and of itself, is separate from you, and you get to decide whether it’s a good movie or a bad one. You might give it five stars, but your friend might only give it one or two.

In other words, the movie is objective. But how it is – whether it’s good or bad – is subjective. And that depends on the interpretation and rating you give it.

Now, imagine that your life is a movie. Things happen in a certain way, and people behave in a certain way. And you get to interpret and rate everything that happens. How other people behave, how people treat you, and how the story develops and evolves – it’s all going to happen. But what isn’t left to chance is how you think about these things.

You interpret what happens in your life. So, if someone or something causes you pain, you can think about it in a way that causes you more pain (in the form of suffering). Or, you can choose to see it differently.

The key takeaway here is that we are the only ones who can interpret and assign meaning to life’s events. Pain is inevitable. It will happen as part of the human journey. But you get to decide to add suffering to the mix, or not. That’s how powerful you are.

Forgive yourself

Suffering is optional. But that’s not to say that if you suffer, it’s your fault. Blaming and shaming ourselves only creates more suffering. Instead, could we entertain the idea that if there is suffering, we have been involved? Could we entertain the possibility that the meaning we assign to life events contributes to our suffering?

Realizing our involvement is eye-opening. It helps us see that we can reduce or eliminate suffering by changing our thoughts. But this realization can also have an opposite effect.

Instead of feeling freedom and awakening, we can feel discouragement at the fact that our minds are implicated in so much of our own suffering.

But watch out! That’s the booby trap we just figured out how to escape from. Don’t assign blame and shame to this learning moment. That will only create suffering.

Instead, look at this realization and say, “Even though I may have created suffering in my life, I completely love and accept myself.” In other words, hold yourself in love and forgive yourself.

3-minute mindfulness practice

So, if you want to use your mind to end suffering, the first step is forgiving your mind for contributing to your suffering in the first place. Our minds are very good at making mountains out of molehills, or catastrophizing small slights, or coming up with Hollywood level worse-case-scenarios. That’s what our mind does, and it does it very well.

We’re very good at taking something painful and making it even more painful. But what are you supposed to do next? No one will be able to end suffering immediately. That’s impossible. So, don’t even bother setting that expectation for yourself. You’ll only set yourself up for failure.

Instead, start practicing this 3-minute mindfulness practice. It’s a short practice that helps retrain your mind to be more aware. And the more you grow in awareness, the less you’ll interpret things so negatively. Then, you’ll stop adding suffering to your life, too.

Here’s what to do:

  • Sit quietly for 3 minutes (set a timer on your phone)
  • Keep your awareness on your breath
  • If a thought or feeling comes to mind, that’s okay
  • Don’t identify with your thought or feeling. In other words, don’t say “I am confused” or “I am ashamed.” Instead, say “Confusion is here” or “Shame is here.”

This simple separation helps you stay aware of what’s happening without becoming what’s happening. If you commit to doing this simple 3-minute practice every day, you train your mind to remain calm and collected when pain arises. In other words, you can observe the pain, without creating suffering.

Ask questions

Developing present-moment awareness will help you make significant shifts and reduce suffering. But awareness takes time to cultivate just like flowers in a garden. So, while you’re tending to your own unique flower bed, here’s a simple tactic that can prevent suffering from snowballing out of control.

When you feel pain, ask yourself simple questions. When you do, you challenge the negative thoughts that usually spiral out of control.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Why does this make me feel (fill in emotion)?
  • Is there evidence that my thought is true?
  • Is there evidence that my thought isn’t true?
  • Is what I’m thinking an opinion or a fact?
  • What is the lesson my soul can learn from this?
  • Am I attached to an outcome? If so, can I entertain the idea that there is a better, greater outcome than the one I’m attached to?
  • Am I taking this personally?
  • Have I thought this thought before?
  • Can I control this?
  • Am I blaming anyone?
  • Am I comparing myself to someone else?
  • Am I being true and authentic to myself?

When you ask yourself these questions, you can observe what’s really going on, rather than getting stuck in a victim state. And these are questions we can continue to ask as we practice becoming more aware.

Pain may be inevitable in our human experience. But suffering isn’t. Our thinking mind can add suffering to what is happening. But remember: it is your mind thinking negative thoughts, and you can step in and think different thoughts.

With present-moment awareness, you can decide to observe things and therefore, interpret things differently.

You can choose to limit suffering or eliminate it altogether. Isn’t that great news?

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Working With These 4 Chakras Could Help Ease Depression

Depression affects millions of people worldwide. But we don’t all experience depression in the same way. It can be mild, moderate, or immobilizing. And if you have depression long enough, it’s hard to imagine life any other way.

In other words, it feels like you’re stuck, and that you’ll never get unstuck. But no matter what your inner demons say, you can rise above your depression. And working with your chakras can help.

Chakra basics

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel.” So, when we talk about chakras and the human body, we’re referring to energetic wheels that have specific locations throughout the body. These energetic centers also hold mental and emotional strengths, too.

There are many chakras, but the most popular are the seven that run from the base of the spine, up through your center and all the way to the crown of your head. (Today, we’re talking about four of them.)

Each chakra spins. Or at least, it should. They’re like whirlpools, and they pull whatever’s around them into their spinning energy. Chakras draw on your thoughts and emotions, and these can either support the chakra in spinning and whirring effectively. Or, they can slow it down, clog the wheel, and make it stuck altogether.

If a chakra isn’t spinning and moving as it should, that specific area of the body can be affected. So, instead of a functioning gland or organ, you might experience dysfunction in that physical space. If the chakra is stuck, you can experience psychological and emotional breakdown rather than strength and resilience.

Negative emotions can affect us in a physical location. Likewise, physical issues aren’t just physical problems. The mental and emotional body will take a hit, too. It’s all interconnected.

Focusing on your chakras lets you work with both your physical body and your emotional body at the same time. When we release stale and stagnant energy in one area, we can set the other area free, too.

The energy of depression

Now that we understand chakras, let’s look at depression, and how it’s related to these energetic centers.

Negative thoughts and emotions have a heavy, slow energy – like water that gets slower and slower until it pools and stagnates. The energy of depression is heavy, slow and oppressive, too. In fact, many describe depression as a lack of energy, a lack of movement, and a lack of vitality more than anything else.

Depression drags our energy down and drains it out of our system. Along the way, this low-vibrating energy disrupts our lower chakras. But this is the exact energy we need to move in the opposite direction of depression: up, rather than down. This is why it’s so important to meet yourself where you’re at.

If your energy is low, go low. If your lower chakras are stuck, it’s important to get them spinning again. We need to encourage an upward spiral of energy that can have a ripple effect on the rest of our wellbeing.

That brings us to the four lowest chakras: the root, sacral, solar plexus and heart chakra. Focusing on these chakras can help you transform stagnant energy into free-flowing energy – exactly what you need to lift depression.

Although not all depression or people are alike. Some people that have very high energy can also experience depression. In this case, it can become a defense against experiences that are negative in their life.

Now let’s look at the four lowest chakras;

Root chakra (The red chakra)

Where: At the base of your spine; at your tailbone

Function: Survival, self-preservation; acting in the physical world and asserting yourself. You have the right to be here.

Physical connection: Your root chakra is connected to the adrenal gland, and this gland produces adrenaline. Adrenaline helps us feel motivated – something that’s hard to come by during depression, but something we absolutely need.

Balanced root chakra: If the root chakra is balanced, we feel supported, connected, safe and grounded. Balancing your root chakra gives you the knowledge that you are safe and that you are being taken care of.

Unbalanced root chakra: If there’s an imbalance in the root chakra, it can result in…

  • Feeling disconnected
  • Feeling worried and afraid
  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Depression
  • Self-loathing, feeling worthless and guilty
  • Illness
  • Suicidal ideation

How to balance your root chakra: There are many different ways to restore balance in this energetic center. Choose one that resonates with you and feels the most supportive.

  • Move your body: One of the most important things you can do is get your body moving again. If you can, connect with the grounding energy of the earth, too. Walking, running, yoga, and even climbing are all ways to help stir up the stagnant energy in your root chakra.
  • Get grounded: Grounding your body with the earth’s energy is a natural way to balance the root chakra and lift depression. Chronic stress negatively impacts key neurotransmitters like serotonin, GABA, dopamine, noradrenaline, and others. These chemicals are involved with our moods and emotions. However, when ground yourself to the earth’s energy, you can lower stress levels and support these neurotransmitters in functioning more optimally. This may help ease depression, too.
  • Give: The root chakra is focused on survival. So, when our root chakra is imbalanced, we’re more likely to hold onto our resources with a death grip. But if you want to get this energy moving again, you have to move it via giving. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give financially. You can also give your time, energy, effort, and
  • Eat grounding foods: Allow the earth to literally sustain you by consuming grounding foods, like potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips, turnips, and radishes. Radishes are especially relevant here because they’re red.
  • Red Gems: Red gems provide a physical reminder of your root chakra, while also supporting you with their own innate energies. Consider garnet, red tiger’s eye, red jasper, and red carnelian stones.
  • Use “red” oils: Sandalwood is calming and an antidepressant. Use it to stir up your life force energy. (Be sure to use it safely. And if you are currently taking medications, speak to your doctor first to prevent any contraindications.)
  • Surround yourself with red: Can you wear red clothing? Or, keep red flowers nearby? Set the intention to use these items as a way to support your root chakra.

Focus on the root chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Fatigue
  • Low red blood cell count
  • Back pain
  • Illness

Sacral chakra (The orange chakra)

Where: About 2 inches below the naval

Function: The function of the sacral chakra is to engage with your feelings, along with your ability to both experience and express emotions. Often, people develop an experience of depression because they avoid feeling their negative emotions, and they bury them deep inside.

But if we don’t allow ourselves to feel negative emotions, it’s hard to feel positive ones, too. In other words, if we shut down one emotional area, we turn off our ability to feel anything. This can lead to a stuck sacral chakra.

Physical connection: Your sacral chakra is connected to the gonad gland, which helps to produce hormones that regulate emotions and energy levels, such as estrogen and testosterone.

So, if you’re depressed, there’s a chance that the gonad gland isn’t functioning optimally, and this can lead to hormonal imbalance and the resulting emotional struggles. When you support the sacral chakra, you support the gonad gland. This, in turn, supports healthy hormone levels that can help you rise out of depression.

Balanced sacral chakra: A healthy sacral chakra allows you to experience pleasure and enjoy life. You can also feel your emotions without being overwhelmed by them. When this chakra is spinning and balanced, risk seems less formidable, and we’re creative, committed, passionate, sexual and outgoing.

Unbalanced sacral chakra: If the sacral chakra is stuck or stagnant, you can experience…

  • Depression
  • Lack of interest in your daily activities, hobbies, and even sexual intimacy
  • Lack of energy
  • Feeling drained and fatigued
  • Feeling sluggish and heavy

How to balance your sacral chakra: These are simple, yet powerful, ways to wake up your sacral chakra and get the energy moving up again.

  • Experience pleasure: By allowing yourself to experience pleasure, you can start to balance the sacral chakra again. Granted, this can seem like an impossible feat if you’re dealing with depression. So, start simple and start small. What is one thing you can do today that gives you pleasure? Petting your dog? Listening to your favorite music? Taking a walk? Whatever it is, give yourself permission to not only do it but to feel good doing it, too.
  • Be grateful: It may be hard to feel happy or grateful. But you can still be Look at your life *right now* and identify anything that gives you a sense of enjoyment and pleasure. Now, take a moment and thank it. Your gratitude will lift your energetic vibration and attract more pleasure into your life.
  • Eat orange foods: Nourish your entire being with orange-colored foods. This includes vegetables, like carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash, along with fruits, like oranges and mangos.
  • Stones and crystals: These precious materials help open and activate the sacral chakra. Look to orange calcite, orange coral, citrine, orange carnelian and orange aventurine for additional support.
  • Use essential oils: Cardamom can help awaken a sluggish sacral chakra. Otherwise, tend to the sacral chakra with sweet orange, neroli, and sandalwood. (Remember, be sure to use it safely. And if you are currently taking medications, speak to your doctor first to prevent any contraindications.)
  • Surround yourself with orange: How can you sneak more orange into your life? Doing so can remind you of the healing work you’re undertaking. Even if you don’t own anything orange, you can use orange flowers as the background on your PC or phone. There’s marigolds, roses, lilies, tulips, gerbera daisies and so much more. As always, find something you love.

Focus on the sacral chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Fatigue
  • Eating disorders
  • Asthma
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual or reproductive issues
  • Urinary or kidney problems

Solar plexus (The yellow chakra)

Where: 2-3 inches above the navel

Function: The solar plexus chakra is about personal power and self-acceptance. When you wake up this chakra, you strengthen the belief that you have the ability to overcome your depression. Balancing the solar plexus chakra enables you to take action to create a life you want.

This is significant because we can feel depressed when it seems like we don’t have any control in our lives, or in how things turn out. But when we balance our power center, we can speak up against the dark voice of depression. We can be assertive and take up space.

Physical connection: Stomach, gall bladder, liver, and spleen

Balanced solar plexus chakra: When this chakra is balanced, we can be assertive and confident. Our metabolism and digestion are strong. We are not worried so much about being criticized for our decisions. We believe in them, and we believe in ourselves.

Unbalanced sacral chakra: If this chakra is imbalanced, difficult experiences show up, like…

  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling indecisive
  • Feeling helpless
  • Not having a purpose
  • Fear of being alone
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Reckless behavior
  • Escapist behavior

How to balance your solar plexus chakra:

  • Do something you love every day: Support the solar plexus by spending 10-15 minutes every day doing something you love. Now is not the time for excuses! You are worth your time and efforts. What do you love doing? What can you do that makes you forget about time? Maybe it’s getting lost in an amazing novel. Maybe it’s painting a dreamy landscape. Maybe it’s spending time in the garden, or in the kitchen. Whatever it is, do what you love and get good at it. This will increase your sense of personal power.
  • Take a class: What are you most curious about? As Elizabeth Gilbert says, follow your curiosity. When you do, you’ll feel fulfilled and engaged with your life again. There are so many ways to expand your knowledge and feel more engaged with your talents and skills. You can take a class online. You can read countless free articles. Listen to an audiobook. You get the picture!
  • Eat yellow foods: There’s such a wide variety of yellow foods to choose from, but the best place to start is with foods that appeal to you. Choose from butternut squash, pumpkins, lemons, bananas, golden apples, yellow pears, and yellow peppers. And don’t forget about warm spices, like cumin and fennel. All of these gifts from Mother Earth can help your chakra spin at a higher frequency.
  • Gems: Whether you carry gems in your pocket, beneath your pillow, or in your purse, keep them close by to receive their healing energies: citrine, amber, yellow jasper, yellow jade, and golden calcite.
  • Use essential oils: Bergamot and grapefruit are two citrus oils, whose floral, fruity aromas help to stimulate stagnant energy and alleviate troubled moods. Take steps to use essential oils safely. And speak to your doctor before using them if you’re taking any medications.
  • Surround yourself with yellow: Yes, there is yellow clothing, yellow prints, and so much more. But don’t forget about the most beautiful source of “yellow” we have: natural sunlight.

Focus on the solar plexus chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Digestive problems
  • Ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Colitis
  • Parasites
  • Low blood sugar
  • Nervousness
  • Poor memory

Heart Chakra (The green chakra)

Where: The center of the chest

Function: The function of the heart chakra is love; to give and receive love. It supports you in accepting and loving yourself. The heart chakra governs relationships.

Physical connection: Heart, lungs and the thymus gland, which helps regulate the immune system.

Balanced heart chakra: When this chakra is balanced, you open yourself up to the love that you are. This love connects you with your true self and with everyone else.

Unbalanced heart chakra: If this chakra is imbalanced, you may…

  • Feel angry and defensive
  • Feel agitated and restless
  • Feel closed down and isolated
  • Take on the role of the savior, or of the victim
  • Have a low tolerance for just about everyone and everything
  • Have poor boundaries
  • Love indiscriminately, and have unhealthy relationship dynamics, like co-dependency, jealousy, and anger

How to balance your heart chakra:

  • Meditate: Practice Loving Kindness Meditation, which allows you to cultivate a love for yourself, others and the world. We now know that meditation can help lift depression. So, committing to 10 minutes a day can go a long way in supporting your mental and emotional health.
  • Spend time in nature: Nature is a “natural” way to de-stress, uplift and balances this energy center. How can you increase the time you spend with Mother Nature?
  • Practice receiving: A balanced heart chakra loves to receive, but this is actually something many people struggle with. We have a hard time accepting love from ourselves and from other people. But when you practice receiving, you can open yourself up to more love. Start with saying, “Thank you.” So, when someone compliments you, don’t downplay it. Just receive it. If something great happens to you, don’t say, “This is too good to be true.” Say, “This is so good, it is
  • Gems and crystal: Let Mother Nature support you with her own line of jewelry. Rose quartz, jade, and emerald are wonderful pieces to open and balance the heart chakra.
  • Palmarosa essential oil: This oil has a similar scent to rose, which is where it gets its name from. This fragrant oil helps calm the mind, uplift the mood and bring clarity to the mind. It also helps calm and quiet the nerves, and alleviate stress.

 Focus on the heart chakra if your depression is accompanied by:

  • Asthma
  • Heart pain
  • Heart disease
  • Chest pain
  • Asthma, breathing disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle tension

We’ve covered a lot of ground here, but it goes to show that there is no one-size-fits-all “cure” for depression. Lifting depression really is unique to the individual and their own energetic state.

As you read through this information, listen to your gut and focus on the chakra that resonates the most with you. As the old saying goes, “Physician, heal thyself.” Check out our article on being Medically Intuitive learning to know yourself.

As you work with these four chakras to ease depression, always remember that it’s perfectly okay to work with your doctor or therapist, too. In fact, please continue doing so. Chakra healing is something you can do in tandem with other modalities.

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What To Do When You Don’t Like or Identify With Your Zodiac Sign

Even if you’re not a diehard fan of astrology, there’s still a good chance you know what your zodiac sign is. And while many people easily identify with (and therefore, like) their sign, there are many individuals who don’t – maybe even including you.

The reasons for this vary. Maybe your sign seems inaccurate or vague. Maybe you don’t like the stereotypes associated with it. Or, maybe it feels like your sign puts you in a box. And because your zodiac disappoints, you think astrology has zero credibility. But consider that there’s more to your zodiac sign than meets the eye.

 Your zodiac is only *one* sign

In simplified terms, your zodiac sign indicates which of the 12 zodiac signs the sun was in at the time of your birth. Do you only pay attention to your zodiac? If so, it’s no wonder you’re disappointed. For one thing, the sun sign is only one of the many stars and planets that influence the amazing person that you are.

For another thing, there’s a limitless range of expression for each of the 12 sun signs. Unfortunately, most of us are only familiar with popular and general stereotypes. They’re superficial and too black and white.

For example, Capricorns are girl-bosses. Pisces are sensitive artists. Leos have a big ego. And Virgos? Well, you better watch out for Virgos!

Zodiac signs are often misrepresented by overreaching stereotypes, and there’s little to no room for nuance, sophistication, and depth. However, that’s exactly what you are: nuanced, sophisticated, and far more than meets the eye. So, it’s no wonder you’re not impressed with your zodiac sign.

But don’t discount astrology just yet. The popular tropes can be limiting, but they shouldn’t limit you.

You and the sky

If your engagement with astrology starts and stops with a weekly reading of your sun sign, we suggest you trade that in for your birth chart.

Your birth chart is a snapshot of the sky at the time you were born. It’s based on your birthdate, which includes the date, month, year, and location of your birth. These unalterable facts match with specific positions of the planets and stars.

It’s as though you came into this world, laid unto your back and looked up at the big, beautiful sky. The arrangement you see is unique to you.

You can think of your birth chart as your personal user’s manual while you’re here on earth. It helps you understand your strengths, as well as your challenges. It can also support you in fulfilling your special mission here.

Your birth chart doesn’t determine the projection of your life. Nor does it take away your agency. You will always have free will, and the ability to make choices. You also bring to your earthly experience consciousness, and a profound ability to learn and grow.

You shouldn’t be a victim of your birth chart. You should be empowered by it.

And perhaps this is why it can be really frustrating when people project their assumptions on you because you have such and such zodiac sign. It can also be frustrating when you don’t feel as though you can be yourself because your behaviors, emotions or desires seem at odds with your sign.

Allow this resistance to evaporate because here’s the thing about astrology. We often fall into the trap of reducing life down to an idea, or in this case, down to astrological ideas.

But the truth is, it should be the other way around. People and their behaviors have shaped what these signs mean over thousands of years. Therefore, in a sense, we give meaning to astrology, and not the other way around.

For example, Pisces may apply to countless people, but it can never be embodied by anyone the way it is embodied by you. So, if you feel like astrology boxes you in, remember that that is not its function. When astrology starts to feel like a cage, it’s being misused.

It should enable you to become even more self-aware so you can make choices that enable you to live your best life. Use your signs as a powerful, starry tool.

What’s in your chart?

You shouldn’t limit yourself to your zodiac sign, but what else should you pay attention to?

This article can’t cover the depth and breadth of an astrology/birth chart, but there’s definitely enough space (no pun intended!) for three main components: planets, signs, and houses.

A fun way to understand planets, signs, and houses is to compare them with a theater.

  • Planets are the actors
  • Signs are the roles which the actors play
  • Houses are the set or stage

Let’s explore each of these components more deeply.

#1: Planets

Planets are like the actors in a play, and they represent your nature. We have two categories of planets: inner planets and generational planets.

Inner planets include the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and they each represent different aspects of your nature. For example:

  • The Sun is often what we refer to as our “zodiac” because the sun is in 1 of the 12 zodiac signs at the time of your birth. The sun is like a book cover. It’s what you see first, but it’s not necessarily representative of all your complexities.
  • The Moon reflects your inner, emotional world. If your sun sign doesn’t seem accurate, look to your moon sign. It can start to answer questions you might have.
  • Mercury is involved with how you communicate and socialize
  • Venus has to do with love, style, and beauty
  • Mars is connected with your motivation and desires

Each of these “planets” is at a specific location at the time of your birth. This shapes your birth chart and offers insight into your own, unique experience here on earth.

Next, there are generational planets, which take longer to travel around their orbit. Each planet is followed by a very brief description below, but please know that there is so much more than this.

  • Jupiter: Luck
  • Saturn: Discipline
  • Uranus: Rebellious
  • Neptune: Being deceived
  • Pluto: Power dynamics and even abuse
  • North Node: What you’re come to earth to learn
  • South Node: What you’ve already learned in past experiences

With inner and generational planets, your astrology chart becomes more complex, doesn’t it?

#2: Zodiac signs

If the planets are actors, the zodiac signs are the roles which characterize and modify the actor. The 12 zodiac signs are divided into four categories: fire, earth, air, and water.

FIRE SIGNS

  • Aries
  • Leo
  • Sagittarius

Keywords: Action-oriented & dynamic

EARTH SIGNS

  • Taurus
  • Virgo
  • Capricorn

Keywords: Grounded & Security

AIR SIGNS

  • Gemini
  • Libra
  • Aquarius

Keywords: Communicators & spreading ideas

WATER SIGNS

  • Cancer
  • Scorpio
  • Pisces

Keywords: Empathetic & intuitive

This is the area of your chart where people usually get stuck. For example, people who have a Gemini sun, stop there, along with all of the stereotypes that come with it.

Yes, your zodiac is important, but it’s one piece of the puzzle. Or, one star in the sky.

#3: Houses

There are 12 houses in astrology, and they’re the stage or set where the action happens. In real life, houses are areas of your life where a lot of energy and action accumulates.

The houses are ruled by each of the 12 zodiac signs, adding yet another layer to your complex and intricate chart.

Together, the planets, zodiac, and houses all come together to create a unique constellation that belongs to you.

What to do if you don’t like, or identify with your zodiac sign

If you’re not jiving with your sun sign, remember that the sun sign is not meant to stand alone. The stars and planets don’t live in a vacuum; they are constantly dancing with one another.

The question you need to ask yourself is, what position were the stars and planets in when I stepped onto the stage? You can figure this out by creating a birth chart, which you can easily do using one of the many birth chart calculators.

If you experience resistance to your sun or moon sign, or any other celestial body, ask yourself why. Is it because this area of your life is a struggle? Is this an area that you ignore? Was it an area where you did not receive support as a child?

Remember, your zodiac sign, along with the other stars and planets, is meant to help you live life to the fullest. So, if something feels off, consider that this dissonance can signal an area of your life that needs some TLC or some tough love.

If you don’t like or identify your zodiac sign, don’t write off astrology just yet. That’s like judging a book by its cover. Instead, get to know your moon sign. Get to know the other planets and houses in your chart.

You may find clarity and explanations you’ve always needed. Turns out, they were in the sky all along.

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7 Important Life Lessons You Never Learned At School

We spend most of our childhood and adolescence in classrooms learning about different subjects. They’re important because they give us a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

But we’re rarely taught how to explore our own inner world, or how to engage with, not just the world, but with ourselves and other people as well.

There’s a good chance you didn’t learn about these seven important life lessons at school. Maybe you learned them as an adult, and maybe you’re still learning them.

Don’t worry. We are all works in progress and learning as we go.

Better late than never, right?

#1: The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is incredibly popular, and that’s great news. More people should be aware of how their world really works.

Unfortunately, many of us learn about the Law of Attraction a bit late in life, and not usually because things are going well for us, but because they’re not.

We see the Law of Attraction as a way out – a tool we can use to start creating a better life.

And that’s true, but there’s so much more to it than that.

Because the Law of Attraction is super popular right now, it can also be slightly misunderstood.

The long and short of it is this: like attracts like, and what you focus on, you attract to yourself.

But many people mistakenly believe that if you focus on what you want, you’ll automatically get it. It’s not a good idea to try and fit the Law of Attraction into our instant-gratification mentality.

The Law of Attraction takes practice and patience, and it also requires us to understand three important principles.

Principle #1:

Every single thing in life is in a constant state of vibration. So, the first step to using the Law of Attraction is believing that every single thing – including you – is constantly vibrating.

 Principle #2:

Vibrations that are similar attract to each other and join together.

Principle #3:

You can control your vibration using the power of your mind.

So, if you want to attract something into your life, you can’t just think of it. You have to actually start vibrating at the same level as whatever it is you desire.

Remember, you and the thing you desire have to vibrate at the same frequency to come together.

Can you imagine if we learned this in school?

#2: Failure Isn’t Bad

We are trained to be failure-adverse because we believe failure is bad.

This is the wrong approach because not only is failure an inevitable part of life, but it’s actually not a bad thing.

Failures are transformative moments – portals for growth and change. What’s more, accepting failure allows us to be real, rather than perfect.

True success isn’t about getting everything right the first time. Instead, it’s more about being honest with ourselves what about went wrong, so that we can move forward and a new, improved action plan.

We should learn how to bounce back after failure, and not how to avoid it altogether.

This is the true marker of a life fully lived, rather than fearfully lived.

#3: Aging is OK

Women may be more vulnerable to the fear of aging than men. But both men and women should learn that aging is OK before they see their first grey hair, not after.

From a very young age, we are taught how to look young, but not how to grow old.

We have age-defying beauty products, yoga practices, foods and fitness routines. But why don’t we have practices that support the idea that “Aging is Ok”?

The renowned spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, teaches that the destiny of every single living being is to eventually dissolve. However, it seems like humans are the only beings who actively run away from aging.

How can we teach that aging is OK?

It starts by accepting aging, not just in ourselves, but in others. It starts with allowing aging to coexist with youthfulness.

It means giving just as much honor and respect to people who age, and not just people who seem to escape from it.

There’s no escaping aging, so it doesn’t make much sense to teach people that it’s possible, or even laudable.

#4: Your Thoughts Make Things Good or Bad

Eckhart Tolle doesn’t just teach spiritual lessons. He teaches life lessons that you can benefit from, no matter what your spiritual or religious affiliation.

One such lesson is that people, places or things are not inherently good or bad. Instead, our mind decides to make them this way.

In Tolle’s words, “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but the thought about it. Be aware of the thought you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.”

Think of how many ways this can benefit people!

If you believe this, you can…

  • Stop taking everything personally
  • Save yourself a lot of stress, frustration, and anger
  • Move through life with more equanimity and peace

#5: You Don’t *Need* to Struggle

Many of us struggle in life, but are you willing to believe, or willing to accept the idea, that we struggle because we think it’s necessary?

For example, how many times have you heard, thought or acted out these beliefs:

  • I have to study hard to get good results
  • I have to work hard to make money
  • It’s hard to lose weight
  • Life is hard
  • I’ll have to go without
  • I don’t deserve this
  • No pain, no gain

Every single one of these phrases implies that we need to suffer in order to make it through life. But that isn’t true.

Spiritual teacher and author of “Mastering Affluence,” Carol Tuttle, teaches that “Struggle is an experience we create in this life” but it’s an “old and outdated human condition.”

We’re all very good at struggling and creating more struggle for ourselves. But we can also learn how to flourish and grow, and how to allow things to unfold easily and effortlessly.

As Tuttle shares, “Our natural God-given state is one of affluence, ease, and joy. If lack, pain, and struggle were our natural state, we’d just be okay with those experiences and not make any efforts to improve the quality of our lives…We are not okay with struggle, though, which is a message for us.”

What if we learned from an early age that we can enjoy a life experience of affluence, ease, and joy?

#6: Your Intuition Holds the Answers

Not knowing what to do is a scary place to be in. And when it comes to big life decisions, we often want other people to tell us what to do.

It’s just easier that way.

Did you know that your intuition – your inner knowing – actually holds the answers your looking for?

We are not taught this in school. Instead, we’re taught about reason, logic, facts, and deductive thinking – all of which are essential, but they don’t always provide every answer we need.

And in the process, we completely ignore our intuition – our inner knowing, which is always present, and always available to answer our present-moment questions.

How different our lives would be if we checked in with our intuition, and trusted ourselves, not just once in a blue moon, but every day.

Maybe we shy away from this kind of work because it requires us to get quiet and turn off the distractions. But once we do, we can actually hear the still, peaceful words that lie below the surface.

#7: Persistence Is More Important Than Talent

Many people give up their dreams because they think they’re not talented enough. This is often exacerbated by comparison, which we all fall victim to from time to time.

We compare ourselves to other people – people who we think are more talented and gifted than we are. But the truth is, persistence, not talent, is often what it takes to be successful in anything – from your relationships to your career, to your side hustle.

This isn’t a life lesson to make less-talented people feel better about themselves. Even renowned writers, like Steven Pressfield and Elizabeth Gilbert, say this life lesson is relevant for them.

In an interview on the Marie Forleo Podcast, Steven Pressfield shared, “The ability to overcome resistance, self-sabotage, and self-doubt is way more important than talent.”

Why? Because even if you’re incredibly talented, that doesn’t automatically transform your idea into something tangible.

You need persistence, and this is something we’re all capable of exercising.

Pressfield claims, “We cannot control the level of talent we’ve been given. We have no control over the nature of our gift. What we can control is our self-motivation, our self-discipline, our self-validation, and our self-reinforcement. What we can control is how hard and how smart we work.”

We do this by being persistent and continuing to contribute to our dreams, especially when it’s not easy, effortless and enjoyable.

Bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert, agrees. In her bestselling book, Big Magic, Gilbert has a chapter, aptly named “Persistence.”

In it, she writes, “On bad days, when I felt no inspiration at all, I would set the kitchen timer for thirty minutes and make myself sit there and scribble something, anything…I figured I could always carve out at least thirty minutes somewhere to dedicate myself to my work.”

When you consider that this is coming from a New York Times bestselling author, it’s consoling to know that talent isn’t all you need to create something.

You need persistence.

Most of us don’t learn about these important life lessons in the classroom. We learn them as we go. Which one do you wish you learned at school?

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More Lessons from the Major Arcana Tarot Cards

Are you looking for guidance and encouragement from Someone – or Something – wiser than you? Something that can cut through the distractions of daily life? Have you considered the Major Arcana cards of Tarot? If not, maybe it’s time you do.

Tarot has 22 Major Arcana cards, and they’re considered the foundation of the Tarot because they represent the big picture in life. On every Major Arcana card, there is an archetypal figure who illustrates important life lessons and themes – themes that probably play out in your life, too.

It goes without saying that you may feel deeply connected to some cards, while others will resonate less with you. Having an affinity and connection to different Major Arcana cards is a reflection of where you are in your life journey.

To help you understand the hidden wisdom of the Major Arcana cards more deeply, we cover eight Major Arcana cards here. Be sure to check out the other articles, Important Lessons and Life Lessons for a review of all 22 Major Arcana Cards.

Having a better understanding of the lessons and themes in the Major Arcana can enrich your spiritual practice and help you better understand the same themes playing out in your life right now.

The Hanged Man (Number 12)

Drawing the Hanged Man card may be unnerving at first. After all, it seems pretty ominous. However, that is your ego talking. The truth is, the Hanged Man is actually a reminder that when life feels like it’s literally upside down and spinning out of control, the best thing to do is simply surrender and wait it out.

Of course, our ego would rather hop in the ring and join the fight. But stepping back and allowing things to play out is what the Hanged Man invites you to do.

Temperance (Number 14)

Without a doubt, balance is one of the greatest challenges we face in our earthly experience. In our modern lives, we feel this challenge even more so. Between our relationships, careers, personal goals and spiritual growth, it’s hard to cultivate temperance – that delicate mix of moderation and restraint.

We should look at Temperance in the Major Arcana as something boring and disciplinarian. We should see it as a call to live your life artfully. Just as a great pianist must practice her playing to create the perfect balance between her right and left hands, so, too, do we need to cultivate our own system of checks and balances so we experience a life that flows with ease and grace.

The Devil (Number 15)

Like the Hanged Man, the Devil may trigger fear inside you. However, even the Devil is a good reminder that our consciousness has a dark side, too. It can indulge too much in power and be addicted to unchecked impulses.

Our inner demons can be slaves to dependencies, dysfunction and unhealthy relationships – both with people and with things. For this reason, The Devil is the perfect card to follow Temperance. Temperance is exactly what we need to face our demons, and to use our energies in a way that serves our highest good, not to drag us down.

The Tower (Number 16)

How often do we repress our truth, ignore our challenges and ignore dissonances in our life – all because we want to “keep the peace” and avoid conflict? All too often, right? However, this is like a time bomb waiting to explode, as it does here in the Tower.

If you do not face the truth, the truth will face you, one way or another, and the Tower reminds us that it can be messy. Drawing the Tower card is a reminder to face uncomfortable truths, or to ride it out if you’re in the midst of upheaval. This, too, shall pass.

The Moon (Number 18)

The Moon is rich in symbolism and invites us to focus on the subconscious mind and to go inward, rather than to act, or even worse, to react. The Moon is an invitation to reflect on our own limiting beliefs that dominate the subconscious mind. Some may refer to this as “Shadow Work.”

Limiting beliefs are like thick clouds that block the moon’s illuminating light. Our limiting beliefs prevent us from tapping into our imaginations, our intimate emotional world, and our psychic abilities. The Moon is a reminder to let hidden things come to the surface and be seen. The ego may resist this initiative, but it will ultimately free you from the limiting beliefs that have overtaken your subconscious thinking.

The Sun (Number 19)

After spending time in the moonlight, and reflecting on our limiting beliefs and working to change our subconscious programming, it’s time to step into the joyful sunlight. This is the experience waiting for us when we face our demons and dissolve old mindsets of lack and fear. Now that we have removed the clouds and darkness, we can welcome sunlight, and even more importantly, life itself.

The Sun reminds us that life is good and that you – a part of this good life – are also inherently good and whole. This Major Arcana card is an invitation to see the world as a positive and happy place. No, this isn’t wishful thinking. When we ourselves create positivity and joy within, we cannot help but identify these qualities in our surroundings, too. Why? Because they are there. We simply need to learn to see them, and the Sun teaches us how.

Judgement (Number 20)

The Sun provides enlightenment, and this enables us to practice mindful judgement. This Major Arcana card is not a green card to judge and criticize others, however. Instead, it asks us to be brutally honest with ourselves and identify the beliefs, words, and habits that no longer serve us on this earthly journey.

It’s time to live true to yourself and to your divine purpose. What is it that is holding you back and preventing you from doing so? At the crossroads of life, Judgement helps you decide with prudence and peace. It is Judgement that helps you make the perfect adjustments and shifts.

The World (Number 21)

As the last card of the Major Arcana, the World could be interpreted as “The End.” However, try not to think of Tarot as linear. Instead, think of them as moving cyclically. Have we ended, or are we simply starting again?

Drawing this card may indicate that you’ve closed one chapter in your life, but get ready, this isn’t the end of the book. You have another chapter waiting for you. Don’t be surprised if you move through the Major Arcana cards once again. Maybe others will resonate more with you this time around. Or,  maybe you will recognize new wisdom in old favorites.

There is so much the 22 Major Arcana cards can teach us. Each one is a powerful lesson, in and of itself. Yet each one is intricately connected to the others, too. The Major Arcana cards represent the overarching themes that form and shape a lifetime,  where ups and downs, birth and death, struggle and transformation are all inherent parts of every person’s journey.

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