I wanted to pull some more collective Dharma cards. Right now with everything happening we don’t even realize that karmic debts are being paid and Dharmas are being revealed. The cards you choose are either a message of what you need to transmute in order to moved forward or what you need to embrace in order to rise in your Soul’s Divine Purpose.
Your dharma means your purpose in life. Your dharma is your true calling – what you were put here to do. I want you to really let your intuition guide you in this. If you’re drawn to multiple cards that’s ok. On the other side of each image is a word and the teachings of Buddha associated to this word. Pick a card or cards that you’re drawn to. I will flip them over later.
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Dharma Cards by, Priya Hemenway
Card 1 is Elephant
Buddha’s teachings are unlink any others. He is simply and incredibly clear. He doesn’t try to interfere and he doesn’t try to do the work for you. He insists, again and again, that you must do it for yourself. Like the Elephant who pulls himself out of the mud, you must free yourself from ignorance. You must bring light to your dark.
Wake up and practice watching. The Elephant represents discipline. This is the key to your growing awareness. Awareness is not your mind. You do not watch with your mind. You watch your mind.
As the thoughts in your mind begin to disappear, you’ll be left with a silence that is profound. As the silence grows your misery will disappear. Your confusion will go. Your fears and your misunderstandings— all will pull on you, and the desires that keep you wanting more will cease to exist. All this space that opens up will be filled with a fresh, new energy. You’ll begin to live life with enthusiasm and you will not yearn for anything. You will be fulfilled.
Card 2 is Happiness
Awareness will set you free. You will find happiness in love, for you’ll no longer act in anger. You will find happiness in hard times, for you will know that they pass. You will find happiness when desires arise, for they can not possess you. You will find happiness everywhere, for you will remain unattached.
Buddha encourages happiness. He encourages you to taste the freedom that arises when you are no longer a slave to the pulls of your mind. As things are now, your mind goes on swinging from one extreme to another, like a pendulum. First you love, then you hate; one minute you are happy, then the next you are sad. This is the nature of the sleep you have become so used to. Become aware, Buddha says, and follow the middle path. Don’t be thrown from one extreme to another. Be watchful and choose to be a witness. Then you will find happiness. Then you will no longer be curtailed by your mind.
Whether you are with friends or alone, whether you are rich or poor, whether you are sick or healthy, it will not matter; for you will know the happiness that accepts life as it is.
Card 3 is Truth
Truth is not a logical conclusion, nor is it an idea; so don’t waste your time trying to grasp at esoteric principals or philosophies that are lodged in your mind. Truth exists without an particular reason. It simply is. Truth shows itself in the clear sense of being that you know in your heart and you’ll trust it because it frees you from fear.
You’ll never find truth in the thoughts of others nor will your find it in any scripture. Holy books are like maps that can show you the way, but you must do the walking.
It is easy to believe what others say, but believing only takes you part of the way. You must be sure you want to go. Watch what you do and how you respond. Listen to what you say. Truth is unavoidable if your searching is sincere, for like existence itself, truth simply is.
Card 4 is The Way
Following the Eightfold Way is different than believing it will save you. You must listen with an open heart to what Buddha says. He speaks of rightness— right effort, right speech, right mindfulness— and he means that you must walk as if on a tightrope. Don’t lean to the left; don’t lean to the right. Don’t judge and don’t try to understand. Move like a river and go wherever the current takes you.
The Four Noble Truths are not Laws to follow, they simply point to a reality. Buddha says that life is full of suffering. He says there is a cause for this suffering and it lies with the desired mind that never leaves you alone. He says that there is a state where this suffering completely disappears. And he says there is a way to find this state.
The meditation that Buddha proposes you to use is simple— just learn to be watchful. This is the extent of Buddha’s teaching. It is so easy. So quickly— get ready to begin.
Card 5 is The River
Life, like a river, has two banks. One bank is this material world. The other is invisible, spiritual, and it is the part of life that is timeless and never dies.
We spend our lives running up and down one short of a river, sensing that there is more to life then what we can see, but not having any idea what it might be. Occasionally someone jumps into the river and swims to the other shore. From there they call to us and tell us of so many wonderful things, but we are afraid for this shore is all we know, and the river runs between, and we don’t know how to swim.
But to swim down the river of life is what living is all about. Those who jump in will naturally learn to swim. It is neither difficult or unnatural. And those who swim will reach the other shore. What holds us back? Nothing. We simply need to take the plunge.
Card 6 is Forgetfulness
Your mind is very cunning. It is quick to argue and happy to postpone. It will surprise you with the number of tricks it can conjure up and the ploys it can subvert your best intentions with. This is when discipline becomes so important.
If you really want to experience who you are, you’ll find of helpful to set up a practice. Find a time and a place where you will not be distracted, and just sit there for fifteen or twenty minutes. Use this small segment of time to watch your mind. Don’t try to still or or change its ways. Concentrate, instead, on a part of your body. Just keep your attention there. Soon you will see your mind creep in. All of a sudden you’ve forgotten where you are. You’re lost in some thought about tomorrow.
Catch yourself and bring your awareness back. Do it again and again and soon you’ll begin to see for yourself how difficult it really is. You’ll soon understand that your mind is in control and that you are quite helpless. But if you persevere, you’ll encounter small moments of peaceful sitting, and these small moments will grow into larger ones.
Card 7 is Choice
Past and future dominate each moment, and fear and ignorance drag you down. It is useless to fight back. Your attempts are ineffective because you can not control what you do. You are not in charge of how you react.
Stop, says Buddha. Take a moment to feel your heart. Watch your agitated breath and sense into what you feel. Turn your attention inward. Forget about what or why, and discourage your mind from interfering. Just let yourself feel.
This is where compassion begins. You turn your attention inwards and you bring light to your darkness. Your own eyes on your own interiority will lighten up your heart. You must look around and find out what is so painful and why you want to cry out. Eventually your heart will soften, but you must keep your attention there. Your mind will want to come back and you must be careful. These are great moments to work with. Love and awareness are like two partners. When you find one, the other is always there; and together they will lead you to that place inside where peace and understanding reign.
Card 8 is Silence
For those who have not known the silence of sitting quietly, it is hard to describe the peace that will be encountered. Buddha compares it to a thousand words of uplifting wisdom. If you have ever known the contentment that comes from listening to someone speak about peace, he tells you that the tranquility of one moment spent sitting silently is much greater.
For those who have not known the grandeur of the present moment, Buddha compares it to a thousand hymns. If you have ever been transported by the sound of a choir or the music of an orchestra, he says that one moment in the here and now is more magnificent.
For those who have not known the vibrancy of truth, Buddha compares it to a thousand prayers. If you have ever been moved by the sincerity of someone’s prayer, he says that one moment of truth is more sublime than a thousand of these.
For those who doubt the peace of knowing yourself, Buddha says you compare it to conquering a battlefield. All your internal struggles will be put to rest, and all your private battles will be overcome.