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.
Take a moment and close your eyes. Breathe in deeply and ask Spirit to guide you to the cards for you. Open your eyes and follow your intuition as you choose your cards. You may be guided to multiple cards. Every feeling is relevant.
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Dharma Cards by, Priya Hemenway
Card 1 is Testing Yourself
1 ~ Testing Yourself
Let the fire of your passions burn— but be watchful. Buddha has not suggested that you try to tame your feelings or curb your passions. It is not possible to force lasting changes in yourself.
Follow your desires and let them consume you. Allow yourself to experience the complete spectrum of your feelings. Be who you are and be total. There is no freedom gained by suppressing what you feel. If you deny your anger it will seethe beneath the surface. If you pretend to be indifferent you will find your self trapped. If you feign goodness, you will end up resenting yourself.
The key to happiness is to become aware of how you act. You must watch your actions as well as your mind. And as you begin to see the effects of what you do, you will also see changes. The light of your awareness will inform you in ways your will cannot do, for it imposes nothing.
Card 2 is Desire
2 ~ Desire
You cannot drop desire from your mind. You must wake up for desire to disappear. Many people have heard of the bliss that comes when desires cease, and they try to get their desires to go away. They replace the desires for earthly things with desires for truth, for God/Goddess, and liberation. They become greedy and they torture themselves. They have misunderstood.
Desires will vanish only when you become aware of your desiring mind. You just watch it carefully and see all its tricks. You will not get rid of your desires until you can remain in the present moment and stop moving to the past or the future. Your desires have no place in the here and now.
Watch your mind and determine the moment when desire begins to grow. This is where your attention should be. Become more aware, and your desires will cease to distract you.
Card 3 is The Guide
3 ~ The Guide
Buddha says that those who are perfectly awakened know eternity. He is speaking about what he, himself, has found to be true. He knows he is deathless, he knows that when the body does, he will love in eternity. Buddha’s awareness is total. Every action, every thing he says, comes out of his clarity.
Buddha speaks about the eye that sees clearly. He is not referring to our two eyes that look out on the duality of the world, but about what is known as the “third eye” that looks inward. This is not a physical eye. It is his insight. He says his footstep is inwards. He is not referring to our two feet that walk on the ground, but of the fact that he moves freely in his interiority. He speaks in terms of one, not two, because in the inner world, everything is one. In our outer world, everything is two.
You cannot follow a Buddha, but you can learn from him. If you trust what he says, he can serve as a guide. He will not lead you anywhere, but he will give you an indication of where you can go.
Card 4 is Collecting Honey
4 ~ Collecting Honey
Buddha sent his monks from house to house begging for food. This was called madhukari — collecting honey like a bee. They would accept only a few morsels at each home, never very much, and they’d never go to the same place twice, so they couldn’t be a burden.
See yourself as a bee and become aware when you want too much. See yourself as a bee and let the days go by without repeating what you’ve done before. Your awareness will grow. Desire and greed are perfectly fine, but you’ll be better served if you can catch them before they possess you.
See yourself as a bee and receive what you’re given with graciousness. If you can approach your life as if you were a bee seeking to be nourished, you’ll find you are richly rewarded. Your life will become a pleasurable journey and you won’t become stuck or bogged down.
Card 5 is The Way
5 ~ 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 6 is Silence
6 ~ 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.
Card 7 is The Awakened One
7 ~ The Awakened One
The light of the Awakened One is always shining. You will need guided by the strength of this light. The Awakened One is aware during the day. The Awakened One is aware at night. While the body sleeps, awareness continues to glow. Time and distance are of no consequence.
The shining of of the sun is strong and direct. Its light seeks out fear and unseats ignorance. Its light shines on every moment and unsettles those who sleep.
The light of the moon is subtle. It glows with a radiance that seeps into dreams. It’s shines into the unconscious and is soft and meditative.
The light of the Awakened One is always shining.
Card 8 is Discover Yourself
8 ~ Discover Yourself
You are on a journey of discovery. What are you searching for? It’s important to ask. Buddha says you must proceed with no idea about what you will find. If you expect something to be there, you may create it in your imagination. If you say you are looking for truth, you may come up with something else and not know it. You may pass by things that are tremendously important.
If you say you are looking for yourself, you already presume something exists that will look like you. But maybe it’s not so. Be careful as you identify things, and don’t try to reproduce what others have found. Treat each discovery like a scientist. Determine details and relationships without any regard for what you’ve been told. What you find will certainly be something no one else has found before, because it resides in you.
You are the watcher; you are the witness. Determine who this witness is and where it resides. And if you can see this part of yourself, then ask again, who is seeing?
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