I wanted to pull some collective Dharma energy cards with the energy of all these retrogrades, including Saturn Retrograde, the karmic planet. 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 right now 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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Card 1 is Empty Your Boat
Empty Your Boat
Empty your boat. Lighten your load. Buddha is saying, “Don’t carry any baggage.” Meditate and many things will disappear. Then your boat will be lighter. The first of these are lust, desire, and hatred.
There are five obsessions you need to watch for: selfishness, doubt, pseudo, spirituality, passion, and hatred. Discover them and your boat will be lighter. There are five less obvious obsessions that hide just behind the first ones. You must find them too: lust for life, longing for birth in a higher realm, vanity, patience, and pretension.
There are five strengths you will want to welcome in. They are trust, vigilance , energy, meditation and wisdom.
And there are five more obsessions that you will leave behind when you cross over to the other shore. These are greed, loathing, delusion, pride, and false teaching.
Card 2 is 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 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 4 is the Master
Remain the way you are and you are a slave to your mind. Become aware and you are the master. The journey from one to the other is a journey that changes everything. Once fully awakened to the nature of your mind and who you really are, you will be free— free of desires, free of longing, free of all the pushing and pulling that makes you who you have been for so long.
Why is it so difficult to embark on the path to awaken? Because you don’t know where you’re going. There are no maps for this journey. You’ll be on your own; and no one will be there to guide you. You will search for something you have never seen before, and you have no idea what you will find. No one knows what’s inside of you, so it will be up to you to take each step.
It take tremendous courage to move towards freedom. It’s take tremendous daring to go where there’s no one to follow. It takes tremendous eagerness to stop postponing and to leap into the unknown. But, says Buddha, you will find joy.
Card 5 is the Body
Life, as we know it, is futile. It is meaningless, and we feel very accidental. We search for ways to feel significant, for ways to feel we are needed, and we lose ourselves in actions that count for nothing. This is how we forget the anguish of the fire that burns us. We become preoccupied and race around in circles.
Buddha says that those who understand that the world is burning are fortunate. This is what happens when, in his youth, he turned his back on the palace he had been raised in. He did not renounce that world. He did not go looking for an escape. Buddha renounced the illusions he had been led to believe.
To see the world as burning is the first step in your transformation. It is the lamp you pick up as you begin to find a new way. Use the lamp of mediation to look at your life, the transitory nature of your body, and to discover the eternal treasure that lives within. To pick up the lamp is to begin a life in which you cast light on the things you hadn’t wanted to see.
Card 6 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 7 is Anger
You want to be superior. You think you are great. This is pride, and everyone feels it. Everyone is vying for the top position and everyone wants to come first. Anger results. Conflict arises, and there is no escape. Ego doesn’t allow you to give in. You feel you’ve been wounded; you feel you’ve been hurt. Your ego is very sensitive.
Buddha suggests this ego is false. He sees things differently than those of us who have been influenced by Freud. Buddha suggests that the ego is merely a clinging of the mind. Abandon your anger; abandon your pride, he says. Let go of the clinging. Watch and these things will loosen their hold. They have no reality. They are simply ideas.
The mind is very complex. It runs without any help from you. Unaware, you are like the charioteer who simply holds the reins. Wen you turn your awareness to what is happening, you are able to disengage the parts. You become the master.
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.