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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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Life Lessons from 7 Major Arcana Cards

Western thought has long been dictated by scientific inquiry and skepticism. We generally pride ourselves for being rational and logical. However, despite our adherence to scientific thinking, there is a growing interest in the spiritual – a Force or Energy that we can’t actually codify and analyze.

This rising interest in spirituality may be due to the growing uncertainty of our world and the dissatisfaction we have toward long-standing institutions. They are failing to give us the underpinning we’re desperate for.

Despite the sensible scientific-ness of it all, people are hungry for guidance and encouragement from Someone – or Something – wiser than us. Something that exists beyond the noise of modern life.

This is not to ditch academic research or the incredible advancements that make modern life both convenient and safe. But we are more than just rational, reasonable and sensible beings. We have a soul and a deep need for spiritual connection – a need that often goes unfulfilled.

Enter Tarot and the Major Arcana cards.

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The Major Arcana cards are the foundation of Tarot. The figures on these 22 cards aren’t random. They are archetypes who carry our strengths and our weaknesses, our dreams and our fears, and everything in between.

Just as the Major Arcana is the foundation of Tarot, it is the big picture of life, depicting an important step within each of our journeys. This makes them a relevant and powerful tool for personal development and spiritual growth.

When you spend some time with the Major Arcana, you’ll recognize your own story within the deck. Their narratives play out in your own life. But even more importantly, you can gain insight, wisdom, and comfort from these cards.

The Magician (Number 1)

The bestselling author of Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, teaches that there is no such thing as an uncreative person. Everyone is a creative being, and we all have the power to create. It’s just that some of us use our creative powers and some of us don’t.

This brings us the first Major Arcana, The Magician.

Within every single one of us, there is the great power to create that which our soul is eager to bring into existence. The Magician encourages you to recognize all the tools and resources available to you, both within and surrounding you. You have tremendous power and creative force within. Will you let it shine through?

The Emperor (Number 4)

Whereas the Empress (Number 3) is a deep-feeling and emotionally-connected archetype, the Emperor represents the security and soundness of social frameworks. This is about finding yourself within a structure and playing by the rules. It also means establishing yourself as an authority figure by creating boundaries and honoring them. This card can help you ask where and if you give away your authority.

This is not oppressive, restrictive or limiting. This is about creating plans and following through with them. It’s about learning to live freely while honoring and respecting the rules and individuals around you. This is the wisdom of The Emperor.

The Hierophant (Number 5)

“Hierophant” isn’t a common word these days, but it essentially means someone who interprets and teaches spiritual doctrines.  The Hierophant asks each of us to take a closer look at our values and to question them. Where do they come from? And are they still relevant today?

Oftentimes, we just accept spiritual, intellectual and social paradigms without having any clue why. But are they serving you? Or, are they holding you back? Be your own hierophant and question your status quo. Are you living in alignment with your values and your truth?

Strength (Number 8)

Strength depicts a female figure embracing a lion. What does she represent? No matter where we are in life’s journey, our emotions, feelings, fears, and desires rise to the surface. Depending on our social structures, and even our childhoods, many people do not feel safe expressing their emotions. Instead, we suppress them.

If we have been taught by society that certain beliefs, ideas, and actions are rewarded, we will stifle the beliefs, ideas, and actions that don’t line up. We want to avoid criticism and rejection. We want to be rewarded instead.

But this is not whole-hearted living. Do you have the strength of a lion to allow emotions to surface? Can you be lion-hearted and follow your passions?

Your passions and emotions are not so intimidating as you might think. And facing them and engaging with them is far less scary than burying them in “neatness,” “acceptability” and “status quo.”

The Hermit (Number 9)

The High Priestess (Number 2) is a silent reminder to return to, and listen to, your unwavering intuition. However, the inner landscape is not a place where we tend to spend much time. It takes practice and commitment to silence the noise and take up residence in these quiet places.

Drawing the Hermit shows that it’s time to find your guiding light again. The Hermit refers to your mentor or teacher. And maybe you’ve already found him or her. It can be someone you personally know, like a yoga instructor, a therapist or friend. Or, it can also be a figure you learn from, such as the Dali Lama, Louise Hay, etc.

If you’re not sure how to find your Hermit, ask yourself these questions: Who inspires you? Who uplifts you? Who gives you a sense of peace and reminds you that the world is okay after all? How can you spend more time gleaming from their wisdom?

The Wheel of Fortune (Number 10)

Remember the first card we discussed – the Magician? The Magician is an empowering archetype, reminding us of the powerful creative forces we have at our disposal, along with all the resources that help bring our dreams to fruition. In a beautiful way, the Magician is very me-centered. The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that we are not always in control and that we are a part of a much bigger picture. The Wheel of Fortune touches on karma and cycles of transformation.

In life, patterns sometimes occur that are difficult to analyze and don’t make much sense. This can leave us feeling discouraged, despondent and even bitter and angry.

If your current situation is down, rather than up, The Wheel of Fortune reminds us that life is in constant motion, and that bad times don’t last. What’s more, as long as you find yourself with some “bad” luck, can you open your perspective and find the deeper lessons here? Can you adapt and roll with the punches?

The Wheel of Fortune also reminds us that yes, even good times can pass, too. This isn’t a doom-and-gloom view on life. Instead, it’s about non-attachment. Enjoy the good times and revel in their joy, but don’t become attached to them. The wheel will start turning again, and you want to be free of it once it does.

Justice (Number 11)

If the Wheel of Fortune made you think life is all about what happens to you, Justice sets the record straight. No matter if your wheel is cruising along or stuck in a rut, you don’t have to be a passive bystander. You are an active participant. You always have free will and the ability to take action.

This doesn’t mean we should resist what is and brandish our sword. It doesn’t mean we should fight for the sake of fighting. That will only keep you stuck in the past or trapped in a power struggle.

Instead, Justice reminds us of our own personal responsibility and the importance of being accountable. Justice means taking action for our best interests today.

Justice demands that we be truthful with others, and most importantly, with ourselves. It means holding our sword – as Lady Justice does – and cutting through the lies. It reminds us to acknowledge our thoughts and actions and to never forget how much they matter. They can attract or detract what we want (or don’t want) in life. Justice asks us to tell the truth to ourselves so that what we attract actually serves us and others.

Do you have a favorite Major Arcana card from these seven? Which one resonates the most with you? Get curious and spend some time with it. There may be many magical lessons waiting for you.

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Important Lessons from 7 Major Arcana Tarot Cards

Each of the Major Arcana cards represents an important lesson and archetypal theme. You can easily see them playing out in your own life, too. That makes these cards incredibly relevant, and a powerful source of spiritual wisdom and guidance.

It’s completely natural to feel a close affinity to one card over another. But it’s important to remember that each of the Major Arcana tarot cards has an invaluable gift to offer. By getting to know the deep lessons nestled within each card, you can glean deep insights into your heart and mind.

Major Arcana cards

There are 22 Major Arcana cards and they’re considered the foundation of the Tarot. That’s because the archetypes pictured on each one illustrate our strengths and weaknesses, our dreams and our fears, and everything in between.

Major Arcana should be seen within the context of the big picture and long journey through life. Each card represents an important step in an individual’s personal development. For this reason, Major Arcana lessons can be profound, deep, powerful, provocative and stirring.

The following Major Arcana cards are only seven examples of Major Arcana’s wisdom and relevancy. Which ones resonate with you? Which ones do you think you can learn the most from?

The Fool (Number 0)

The word “fool” typically represents someone foolish or ignorant. But that’s not the lesson to take away from the first, unnumbered Major Arcana card, “The Fool.” Instead, the concept of “fool” is more akin to being childlike in your attitude toward life and all that awaits you.

The fool is curious and carefree. The fool represents new beginnings and fresh starts, which we know can be daunting, in and of themselves. The fool reminds us to bring an open mind and an intrepid spirit to all our new beginnings.

The High Priestess (Number 2)

The world is busy with the opinions, ideas, and thoughts from everyone else. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of the other.  The High Priestess is a timely reminder, inviting us to reflect and listen – not to the content and information broadcasted by everyone else.

Instead, she encourages us to listen to our own quiet, yet unwavering intuition. She asks us to trust own unconscious knowledge. This is often frowned upon as it is not regulated by logic and reason.

However, the symbols, myths, and dreams that inform our unconscious knowledge are exactly what each of us requires to move through life with presence, awareness, and consciousness. This is exactly what the High Priestess models.

The Empress (Number 3)

The Empress feels and feels completely. She is not afraid to engage with her emotions and fully experience this side of life. The Empress asks you to pay attention to life’s pleasures and enjoy them fully, too, whether that’s through beauty, sensuality, abundance, passion or creativity.

What makes you feel most alive? This is what you should engage in. What makes you feel most beautiful? This is what you should do.

The Lovers (Number 6)

The Lovers seem to imply romantic relationships. However, this Major Arcana card both includes romantic love and goes beyond it. For example, The Lovers point to the lessons we may need to learn from other people – not just romantic partners.

Going even further,  The Lovers ask if you’re at odds with yourself. Are you being true to yourself? Are you honoring your boundaries? The Lovers remind you of the important choices you may have to make. By making a decision, or creating a healthy compromise, you can restore balance and dissolve dilemmas.

Chariot (Number 7)

We can’t move in the right direction if we don’t know who we are, what we want and what we need. And unfortunately, even within spiritual literature and guidance, we are often told that who we are doesn’t matter or that what we want is superficial, etc.

In a nutshell, in an attempt to grow in spirituality, many of us have been taught that the ego must die. And to a certain degree, it does need to relinquish its power if we are to live from a place of love, rather than fear.

However, the ego that the Chariot card refers to isn’t the micromanaging, fear-driven ego that we’re told to subdue in most spiritual discussions.

Here, the ego is our instinct and our deep and intrinsic self. Is it intrinsically evil? No, we all have one and we all need one to some degree – and that’s the key. We cannot let the ego overrule us or take over.

So, when you contemplate the Chariot, it’s asking you to check in and see who is the CEO of your life. Is it your fear-based ego, or is it you? Who is calling the shots?

Many times, people fail to live a true and authentic life because their ego is running the show. A well-lived life must be balanced. It is the result of knowing yourself, but not letting one aspect of your personality take over all the others.

Death (Number 13)

Few of us are comfortable with the concept and physical reality of death. Therefore, the Death card isn’t always as welcome as other cards, like The Fool, The Empress, or The High Priestess.

However, Death isn’t about the end of anyone’s earthly life. Instead, death always exists in tandem with birth; just as destruction always precedes creation, and winter before the spring.

Death encourages us to allow what must die to pass and perish so that whatever is awaiting birth can come into being. This may require you to confront your fears, and to change – even though it is painful at times.

What will emerge on the other side may be unknown, but don’t let that scare you. New possibilities are often beyond our imagination and wildest dreams.

The Star (Number 17)

The Star is like a calm after the storm, and fresh air after a heavy downpour. The Star is all about hope, a sense of purpose and faith that the universe is supporting you. If The Star had one mantra, it would be simply this: All is well. Because deep down, it is.

In a world that is fractured and broken, it’s easy to experience discouragement, anxiety, and fear. However, the Star encourages us to hope in the highest good. We can even lose faith in ourselves and feel we don’t have the wherewithal to carry on. However, the Star asks us to love ourselves and believe in our highest potential, too.

The archetype pictured in The Star always holds a basin from which she pours an endless stream of water. Her basin never runs out. When you meditate on The Star, remember that you have everything you need – an endless source of guidance, love, and abundance that will sustain you no matter what challenges you face or how drained you feel.

These are only some of the major life lessons from seven Major Arcana cards. Which ones resonated with you? Did you have a favorite? Follow this curiosity and experience how these lessons and insights can transform you on life’s journey.

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Mindful Ways To Connect With The Earth’s Energy

We are not separate from nature. We are part of it. Yet, our modern day lives are very good at separating us from the earth’s energy. This schism leaves us fractured and disconnected.

Countless people suffer because they’ve lost touch not only with the earth’s energy but also with their own nature and their own inner wisdom and energy.

The earth’s energy is the perfect remedy for this modern-day disconnect. When you open yourself up to receive the earth’s energy, you can restore balance and start a powerful process of self-healing.

The Earth’s Energy and Your Body’s Energy

The earth is always bathing the world in an orderly electromagnetic field, full of rich and dense vibrations. This energy brings healing, harmony, and order to all of the planet’s beings, including you. Earth energy, along with cosmic energy, makes up a lot of the positive energy inside you.

The earth’s electromagnetic field has a normal range of 7.8 Hz, which is also known as the Schumann Resonance. Not only is this the resonance of the earth, but it’s also found in the human body.

The cavity of the human body resonates at 7.8 Hz, and so do our Alpha and Theta brain waves. These brain waves are associated with intuition, inspiration, calmness, and relaxation.

In short, the earth’s natural range of 7.8 Hz matches our own biology, and when we connect with it, it enhances our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Signs You’re Not Connected To The Earth’s Energy

When this free and healing energy is either blocked from entering our bodies, or when you simply don’t have enough of it, it can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, and inflammation.

Here are additional signs that show a disconnect from the earth’s energy. Do any of them sound familiar?

  • Getting distracted easily
  • Constantly overthinking things
  • Always worrying
  • Getting caught up in personal drama
  • Obsessed with getting material things
  • Obsessed with your own image

8 Mindful Ways to Connect With The Earth’s Energy

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What is your attitude toward the earth? Do you take it for granted? Or, do you shower it with gratitude? Do you have a favorite tree or houseplant? Is there a flower that always catches your eye? Is there a park you like to spend time in? Do you walk along the river, or go swimming in the sea?

These are not just aspects of the earth that you enjoy. These are points of entry where you can show your gratitude to Mother Earth.

Pray To Mother Earth

In his book, Love Letters to Earth, Thich That Hanh writes, “When we look into our own bodily formation, we see Mother Earth inside us, and so the whole universe is inside us, too. Once we have this insight of interbeing, it is possible to have real communication, real communion, with the Earth. This is the highest possible form of prayer.”

Consider praying to our Earth. This doesn’t mean you worship her. Instead, Thich That Hanh invites us to love and take care of her. After all, she provides a safe refuge for us during our earthly existence. And what better energetic being to have an intimate conversation with than Mother Earth?

Eat Seasonal Foods

The earth’s abundance matches our own physical needs. So, in the summer, focus on eating seasonal, fresh foods. In the fall and winter, avoid cooling foods and drinks, which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, weaken the digestive system and diminish our inner fire.

Instead focus on grounding foods that literally come from the earth, such as root vegetables, and yellow and orange-colored produce. These foods provide the nutrients we need in those specific seasons, and they ground the body, too. Remember, be grateful for the abundance of beautiful food the earth provides.

Take Nature Walks

The American Public Health Association (APHA) released a statement saying, “People of all ages and abilities enjoy higher levels of health and well-being when they have nature nearby in parks, gardens, greenways, naturalized schoolyards and playgrounds, and natural landscaping around homes and workplaces.”

So, make the choice to find these green spaces and enjoy them whenever you can. You can breathe some fresh air, enjoy natural sunlight and even hug a tree. Connecting with another earth being can balance your own energy field.

What if you can’t get outside? And what if you work in a cubicle all day? You can gaze on a picture of nature and meditate upon it. Or, you can close your eyes and imagine your favorite natural landscape. Maybe it’s a snow-capped mountain. Perhaps it’s a lazy river going with the flow. Whatever you imagine, just breath deeply and be present with your visualization.

What do you hear? What do you see? This is a powerful way to connect with the earth’s energy, too.

Watch Wild Life

You don’t have to be a zoo biologist to observe wildlife. As  Eckhart Tolle writes in Stillness Speaks, “Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it…how still they are, how deeply rooted in Being.”

Watching how other beings live and behave can be inspirational, funny and enlightening. It can also be a wonderful way to practice mindfulness and stillness, too.

Grounding, or Earthing

When you practicing grounding, you come into direct contact with the earth’s electromagnetic field. When you receive it, you can obtain some pretty amazing benefits.

Research shows that grounding can reduce stress and pain, and improve sleep. Connecting to the earth’s energy has also been associated with boosting the immunity, lowering inflammation and helping address autoimmune diseases.

And along with these physical benefits, there are also plenty of emotional and spiritual benefits. So, go barefoot, go swimming in the ocean or lake, or use an earthing mat to connect with the earth’s energy.

Practice Grounding Yoga Poses

There are many grounding yoga poses that start with you “rooting” your feet into the ground and drawing energy up from the earth.

This alone helps to quiet the busy mind and encourage the unobstructed flow of Qi throughout your entire self – mind, body, and spirit.

When you stay “rooted” and “grounded” in balancing postures, you rely on the stability and security of the earth, too. It’s a powerful experience. So, give Tree Pose, Dancer Pose, Warrior III, and Half Moon pose a try. An even simpler, yet equally grounding pose is the simple mountain pose.

Practice Grounding Meditation

In his powerful little book, Chakras for Beginners, David Pond suggests a grounding meditation that focuses on the concept of roots. He says:

“Imagine a grounding cord that runs from your spine deep into the earth. Imagine in your mind’s eye any excessive mental energy running down your spine and dissipating through the grounding cord into the earth.

Imagine the grounding cord growing roots, like giant trees. Picture the tops of your grounding cord intermingling with the lots of the giant trees. Now, imagine that you can draw energy up from the earth through your grounding cord. Picture the same centered strength of the trees being accessible to you, too.”

It’s an amazing and comforting thought, but it’s also a beautiful reality when you practice this grounding meditation.

Star Gazing

Transcend space and time by looking into outer space. People have been doing this for millions of years, and connecting with something higher and bigger than them: the earth’s energy.

Stargazing is a wonderful time to meditate upon the stars. Or, to simply be in awe of the sheer breadth and depth of the magnificent world above us.

But even more importantly, star gazing allows us to remember our interconnectedness. As above, so below. Celestial beings are not just “up there” for our viewing pleasure. We are connected with them, too.

So, the next time you have a cloud-free evening, step outside and behold the stars, always remembering the one you’re standing on, too.

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How to Use Tarot to Heal Your Body

Both spiritual teachers and modern science confirm the mind-body connection. Thanks to this powerful interaction between the body and mind, we can use energetic tools to heal dis-ease and discomfort in the body. Tarot is one such tool you can use to start healing the body – all by addressing your mind.

Western thought has done an excellent job dissecting the human body. With just one look at the sciences, we see that the human body is made up of many separate systems and parts – all coming together to make the human body. But this is all a bit misleading.

Yes, there are definitely different systems and parts in the physical body, but they don’t exist in a vacuum. They are intricately connected.

Health experts and spiritual teachers are now teaching that there are powerful connections between what happens in the mind and what happens in the body. What’s more, your emotions, spiritual beliefs and behaviors impact your physical self.

The body and mind always talk to each other

Medical doctor and alternative medicine expert, Deepak Chopra writes, “Different mental states can positively or negatively affect biological functioning. This occurs since the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems share a common chemical language, which allows constant communication between the mind and body through messengers like hormones and neurotransmitters.”

In short, there is constant communication between the mind and body. Our mental activity might start in the mind, but it doesn’t stop there. We can’t keep our thoughts, beliefs or emotions a secret. Our body hears every single one, and our physiological state is directly influenced by them.

Thought vibrations change cells behavior

In addition to the intricate communication happening throughout the body, research shows that our thoughts and emotions have specific vibration frequencies. These vibrations create waves that alter cellular structures. In this way, thought vibrations can actually influence your overall physiological state.

This study, for example, shows that our thoughts, words, and emotions alter the structure of water crystals. Whenever the structure of a cell is changed, the function can change, too. In fact, this study showed that water can store either health-causing or disease-causing frequencies. Now, consider that up to 60 percent of the adult body is water.

If we have positive and loving mental and emotional activity, the cells can vibrate in a more health-supporting way. If not, we can actually alter our DNA, as additional research has demonstrated.

Emotions always show up in the body

When we feel emotions, they show up in the physical body. This is something you’re probably familiar with. When you feel stressed, you may feel tense or experience headaches. What about nervousness? That often shows up as butterflies in the stomach.

Research also shows that if we repress our emotions, we’re more likely to disrupt the main stress hormone, cortisol, and throw it out of balance. This chronic imbalance in cortisol can lead to hormonal and immunologic problems later on.

So, we can either feel emotions in the body at the moment we’re feeling them. Or, we can repress them and “not” feel them, but they don’t go away. Instead, they move to an area of their body, where they can create dis-ease, an inspirational teacher, Louise Hay, has taught.

Yes, disease and illness manifest in the physical body, but they’re not random. They don’t just happen. Disease and illness are actually representations of our deep, emotional and energetic state. And they directly correspond to an unresolved emotion.

From this point of view, the root of the problem is an energetic disruption, and in order to initiate healing, we have to go to the root of the problem: energy.

This is amazing news because it means we are not victims of what happens to us. We have the ability to change our energetic state and influence our physical bodies.

This brings us to tarot.

How tarot supports physical healing

Tarot is a powerful tool that allows us to read energy. It does this by prompting us to reflect on our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. Then, we’re encouraged to ask questions about our mind’s activity – questions we might have never asked before. Or, things we’ve been ignoring or suppressing.

With the help of tarot, we can uncover our energy, and come to understand why we have a physical problem.

For example, tarot can illuminate an energetic pattern you’re continually creating and stuck in. Subsequently, you create physical pain, too. Tarot can help explain the energetic root cause of the physical problem. And your physical state can mirror what the tarot reading reveals.

Remember, tarot isn’t a diagnosis, and it isn’t going to heal your body for you. Instead, it brings to your attention your energetic patterns. This is powerful information because when you know your own energy, you can take responsibility for it, and release stuck energy with love and compassion.

How to use tarot to heal the body

You can use tarot to start the healing process. One way to do so is to meet with a tarot reader who can help you explore your present energetic state. By considering her reading, you can deepen your understanding of your own thoughts and beliefs. How might they be influencing your current mind-body connection?

You can also use tarot on your own. Spread the cards facing up, and consider them. Then, choose the card that resonates with you the most. Explore the meaning of the card, and ask yourself how it relates to your current life situation.

Another method is to shuffle the cards and spread them facing down. Allow your inner wisdom to choose the card for you. Why do you think the Universe gifted you this particular card?

Whether you choose the card with knowing intention, or whether your intuition chose it for you, spend time meditating on it. Is it suggesting that you make changes in your life?

If you draw a card from the Major Arcana, it may indicate that you need to surrender to change. Or, perhaps you need to go with the flow into a new phase or chapter of your life. This could apply to relationships, both with yourself and others, or it could relate to your career or life situation.

For example, a Minor Arcana card represents the feelings, thoughts, and beliefs we hold deep within the mind. For example, the Wands encompass creative energy. The Cups correspond to trust. Pentacles represent living a spiritual life in a material world. And finally, the Swords help us identify the truth in our thoughts and experiences.

If you draw one of these Minor Arcana cards, which thought or belief is it highlighting for you? How can you pay attention to it and bring healing to yourself?

Finally, the Court Cards refer to relationships we need to learn from and maybe even move on from. But they can also highlight an aspect of our own selves that we need to attend to.

If you’re not sure what your tarot card is telling you, get curious and ask your intuition for guidance.

These mental, emotional and spiritual areas of our life might seem like a far cry from our physical selves. But we know that’s not the case. The mind-body connection is always communicating. This can lead to either energetic harmony or imbalance.

To help you figure out which energy is out of balance, and even contributing to your physical state, consider using tarot. It can be a powerful tool to gently and subtly point out your energetic state.

When you listen to what tarot is saying about your energy, you can start adjusting your beliefs and thoughts. This way you can create health-supporting energy rather than energy that leads to dis-ease.

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Enrich Your Self-Love Practice Using Tarot Cards

Self-love is essential, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. For some people, self-love is an ongoing and arduous journey. And any support we can get in the self-love department is welcome.

One of the ways you can enrich your self-love practice is by using tarot cards. While both self-love and tarot are popular topics, you don’t usually see them together. But they should be. Tarot cards can deepen your self-love, and here are three simple, yet healing, tarot practices for your own self-love journey

Love starts with you

We all want to be loved. However, we usually expect this love to come from other people, and we forget that love starts with us. Of course, we should love one another, but when we think love always has to come from outside of ourselves, our understanding of love gets skewed.

For example, if you think you can only receive love from other people, you may think love is conditional and hard to get. What’s more, you may think that you aren’t worthy or deserving of love.

But if you believe that love starts with you, you believe that you don’t need to earn love. You give yourself love because you’re already worthy – just by being.

Another all-important reason why love needs to start with you is that how you love yourself is actually a silent cue to others about how they should love you. According to the Law of Attraction, where focus goes, energy flows.

Therefore, if you don’t give yourself love, you attract this lack of love from others. Instead of love, you attract disrespect, being taken advantage of, toxic relationship patterns and even abuse.

So, the first reason why love starts with you is that it’s your most precious responsibility to yourself. Secondly, it teaches others how to behave towards you.

Self-love creates a beautiful experience for you and everyone else in your life. But it’s easier said than done, and Tarot cards can help make it easier to love yourself.

7-day self-love tarot practice

The first way to use your Tarot is to simply ask it what you love the most about yourself. Then, draw one card. This Tarot card isn’t your answer. Instead, it’s a gentle prompt to help you reflect on yourself and answer your own question.

Spend a few minutes meditating on the card, and then journal everything you love about yourself for five to 10 minutes.

You might feel like you’re blowing your own horn. Or, you might have a hard time coming up with things you love about yourself. But don’t give up. Commit to this journaling practice and jot down whatever the card is that inspires you to write.

For example, Strength, one of the Major Arcana cards, represents strength, courage, and compassion. If you draw this card, think of the ways you are strong, courageous and compassionate, both with yourself and others. Then, love and appreciate these qualities about yourself.

Get inspired by self-loving cards

The first self-love practice involves drawing a card at random and allowing it to inspire you. But you can also be a little more intentional with your self-love tarot ritual.

In this practice, select the most self-loving and nurturing cards. Then, meditate on them and allow them to inspire you to love yourself. Consider including these cards in your self-love spread.

The Star

Rich in meaning, the Star shows a woman holding in each hand a bowl of water. The right hand (consciousness) pours water into the dry land. Her left hand (the subconscious) pours water into lush land. The Star reminds you that you have the ability to renew and find your purpose.

If you look closer, one foot dips into the water, representing her ability to listen to her intuition. Her other foot is solidly planted on the ground, showing her common sense. The Star encourages you to have faith in yourself.

The Empress

A symbol of fertility, the Empress draws on the fecund energy of Mother Earth to rejuvenate and nurture herself.

The Empress can help you recognize your own femininity and beauty, and also remind you of your own abundant nature and ability to create.

Temperance

Sometimes life gets the better of us, and we live in one extreme or another. We fall out of alignment, and things fall to the wayside. When it’s time to get back on the bandwagon, turn to Temperance.

With one foot stepping on the rocks and the other dipping into the water, she reminds us of the importance of being both grounded and going with the flow.

She represents moderation and balance. But perhaps more importantly: patience, which is a quality we need when we’ve disappointed ourselves and need to start over.

The High Priestess

The world is a busy and distracted place, and it’s easy to feel lost and wayward. We lose touch with ourselves and our inner knowing, feeling unfulfilled, depleted and disappointed with life.

The High Priestess is a silent strength encouraging us to turn away from the material world and turn our gaze inwards. What does your divine energy say? What is your intuition telling you?

Ace of Cups

In this card, your subconscious mind is represented by the cup. The cup is overflowing with your emotions and intuitive flow. Hovering above the cup is a dove, reminding us that Divine love passes through our subconscious mind to conscious awareness.

When reversed, the Ace of Cups represents self-love and repressed emotions and maybe a helpful card when self-love feels inaccessible or blocked.

The Queen of Cups

This introspective queen sits on the water’s edge, symbolizing emotion, spirit, and feeling, and she encourages you to come to the water’s edge, too. Here, the quiet allows you to honor your emotions, which originate from deep within you.

When reversed, this card suggests emotional insecurity or even an unhealthy dynamic of co-dependency. So, when you need to strengthen your emotional security, look to the Queen of Cups.

Remember, you have the ability to become more attuned to your emotions and what they’re telling you, and ultimately, to love yourself.

Tarot helps you become more self-aware

The first self-love practice uses tarot cards to inspire you to praise yourself for your beautiful qualities. The second practice instead gives you the opportunity to draw strength and inspiration from loving and nurturing cards.

This final self-love practice is an opportunity to increase your self-awareness. This, in turn, allows you to grow in love with yourself.

First, become centered and ask the Tarot deck a specific question. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Why am I feeling _______?
  • What did this situation or this person make me feel upset?
  • What do I need to navigate this situation?
  • What would a friend advise me to do in this situation?
  • What do I need in order to heal _________?

Once you have your question, ask your Tarot deck. Then, shuffle the deck and draw one card.  Tarot cards are wonderful tools to trigger our intuition. So, instead of giving you an answer, the Tarot card will guide you to listen to your intuition and your own inner knowing.

Very often, you already have the answers within you, but we’re not sure where to look. Or, we’re not sure which voice is our intuition and which one is our ego (or, our fear-based mindset).

With the Tarot to guide you and point you in the right direction, you can decipher the voice of your intuition and inner knowing, and feel brave enough to listen to it. And with greater self-awareness, you can increase your self-love, too.

Tarot is a nurturing and gentle way to practice self-love. Whether you draw your strength and inspiration from The Star, The Empress or the quiet Queen of Cups, each one is there to support you in your own self-love journey.

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