Guest Author - Christin Sander
Healing is a multi part process. All of us function on a multidimensional platform: body, mind, spirit and emotions are all interconnected and all effect one another. Often we don't realize these connections. If we get a headache for example, we simply reach for the bottle of aspirin. This is a way to chase the symptoms, but then the headache often comes back later because the root cause was not addressed.
Perhaps the cause was physical, you ate something that your body reacted to, but usually upon deeper reflection, we find our various aches, pains and maladies have problems that go beyond just the physical realm. Perhaps you are under stress and this caused the body to react. Maybe you are dealing with something deeply emotional. Often after being angry or crying, a headache results. This is just one example of how all apsects of our being are interconnected.
Many energy workers believe there are definite connections between various conditions in the body and the flow of our natural energy. Healing the chakras addresses the physical conditions by clearing the energy centers. This process of clearing often uproots the deeper emotional/mental blocks as well.
So, how does Tarot fit in to all of this?
Tarot can be a great way to focus and look deeper into a situation. Let's go back to our headache example again.
Perhaps Jane is getting a lot of headaches lately and there is no clear physical cause for them. She decides to look into the situation deeper, but is unsure what may be troubling her or causing the condition to keep recurring.
In Jane's case, it may be a good idea to meditate and focus and Tarot can help with that. If she's using her Tarot journal, she can focus on a question such as “What do I need to know that I am not aware of that can help me deal with the recurring headaches”.
She would then draw however many cards she felt were necessary intuitively and then reflect on those cards, the lessons they teach and how they make her feel. A lot of great insight is gained by gauging our initial response to a card(s) when we first turn them over.
As she draws her cards, she could make note of the initial feelings/reactions. She could also talk about how the cards interact together, what story they are telling and then see how that story corresponds to something going on in her own life.
For our example, lets say Jane drew the emperor, the ten of wands and reversed wheel of fortune. Her first reaction might be 2 major arcanas – must be very important lessons here. Perhaps the emperor makes her feel someone is too demanding, expecting too much, controlling. The ten of wands may make her feel burdened, overwhelmed. The reversed wheel suggests something not moving the right direction.
Next, she may put the cards together into a story. The man wants to be in control, he is ambitious, determined and very serious. He's perhaps working too hard, or expecting those around him to work too hard. There is an uphill battle and the wheel suggests despite all the hard work nothing is really progressing or moving forward. There is no real positive change or reward for all this effort.
Now, there is a story here and perhaps Jane realizes this may be mirroring situations in her own life. Maybe she's been pushing to hard in the wrong direction. Perhaps she's too hard on herself or is trying to be a perfectionist and its backfiring. Perhaps she is deep down longing for something different, but feels she would be irresponsible to stop doing what she's doing and pursue a different path. Maybe her boss at work is a real slave driver who doesn't appreciate her efforts. As Jane ponders the stories in the cards, she is also illuminating issues in her own life that she likely finds pretty stressful.
As she releases these pent up thoughts, emotions and ideas – her body begins to relax, her mind is clearer and she may even feel a sense of relief emotionally after letting all of this out. As a result, her tension headaches may go away completely as she addresses the underlying causes of her stress and heartache and starts to work out how to correct these conditions in her life.
So, that's how Tarot can help you uproot the underlying emotional and spiritual issues that tend to be at the heart of “dis-ease” in the body.