I wanted to pull some collective Dharma energy cards. Right now we don’t even realize that karmic debts are being paid, karmic healing is taking place 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 give the messages later.
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 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 2 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 3 is Finding the Source
Finding the Source
The word Buddha used for the person who travels upstream is uddhamsoto. Uddham means great endeavor; soto means the source. Uddhamsoto refers to the person who is expending all her or his effort to reach the source of being.
Effort is needed. Laziness will work against you. You must bring your energies to a boil, and just as the water turns to stream, so you will reach a point where transformation happens.
Buddha struggled for many years to accomplish what he thought was necessary. His effort was intense. He tried everything he could think of, and searched for every clue that might help. Only when every avenue had been exhausted, when every dream had burst, when all his illusions seen through, and his friends had given up with their encouragement did he stop and find freedom.
Card 4 is the 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 5 is 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 6 is 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 7 is the 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 8 is the Buddha
Buddha said many times that you should be careful not to follow the empty words of one who is not aware. It is rare the Buddha appears, and you will be fortunate if you meet one. How will you know? A Buddha will not turn you against the world; he or she knows you must find your own way. A Buddha will not ask you to believe; he or she knows it subverts your awareness.
Be joyful and be grateful for a Buddha, for when they appear, their presence will encourage you to go where they have gone, to discover the truth of your being.
Be joyful and be grateful for the truth, or Dharma, that a Buddha teaches, for when the Buddhas speak, their teachings are helpful and their words are full in insight.
Be joyful and be grateful for those who gather around a Buddha, for they will imbibe his or her presence and spread it when the Buddha has passed.