Our emotions are our inner guide that we ignore way too often because we fear the negativity in our lives. It’s time to unlearn what we have learned in the past. Tarot is a wonderful tool to connect to your unconscious and to our emotions. Today, I am going to present to you a wonderful tarot meditation technique that will help you to restore the connection to your inner guide.
But first I need you to remember that you are already perfect the way you are. You are not on this earth to improve yourself or become a better version of yourself. The sun in your heart has always been shining very brightly. There are simply a few clouds obscuring the sun rays. These clouds are your shadow side. These clouds consists out of your belief system (that believes that you are not worthy enough, alone, unsafe, etc.) , old unhealthy patterns (treating yourself with anger and hate) and repressed emotions (because you judge negative emotions as being bad). If you try to force the clouds away, more will come, because whatever we resist, will automatically persist. But if you approach them with awareness and without judgment, if you start detecting their reason for existence and learn to love them, your sun will start shining through them.
The most important thing is to bring these clouds to your awareness. Let’s use tarot to do that.
Bring your shadow sites to the surface with tarot
First of all; sit down comfortably and take 9 deep breaths. Feel if there is any tension in your body and breath into it. Then take your tarot cards, shuffle them and ask the question: What lays hidden in my shadow? Draw one card and face it. Continue to breath deeply. Comprehend tarot as the picture book of your life story. Your intuition will respond to the pictures. Compare the cards symbols to situations in your life. Bring old memories into your awareness. Let the heart read the pictures, the mind will follow.
Here are a few steps to guide you.
If an emotion comes up that feels uncomfortable; sit with it without judgment. Investigate the feeling the same way that a scientist would do research: Where in your body is it located? What does it feel like (“bad” isn’t a sufficient answer)? What shape and size does it have? What color, texture and temperature does it have?
If you analyze your sensation that way, you will automatically stop to devaluate it, which is key to start loving yourself with all of your aspects. Stay in this mode for quite some time until you experience that you truly enter a state of non-judgment.
Imagine this emotion as a figure with arms and legs, head and eyes and imagine it facing you. If nothing comes up, imagine the tarot card coming alive in your vision. If you see an apparent lifeless object, envision what it would look like if it started living. Notice the appearance (size, shape, color). What gender is it? How is the look in its eyes?
Talk to your emotion. Ask anything you need to know. Ask what it wants and needs. Be patient and sharpen your awareness to receive an answer. Once you know what it wants and needs, visualize yourself giving it to the personification of your emotion. For example: It tells you that it needs your attention and love. You can then picture a scene in which you give a hug to the image of your feeling.
You can also ask what time and moment you have felt it for the first time. When images come up and you see a scene of the past – you as a child or as a younger version of yourself – ask your past-you what it needs and provide it as the adults you are now. For example: If an image comes up that reveals a moment in which you have been neglected as a child, you can imagine your adult-self how you give care and attention to your inner child. That way, you can alter your memories and let go of these painful experiences.
Now that you have given your shadow aspect what it desired, look at it again. Does it still look the same way? Does it look more sympathetic? Did it change form completely?
What happens is that you tame this “negative” energy once you give it attention and it can turn into a wonderful ally that will guide and protect you.
Imagine that the ally dissolves into you and you dissolve into wholeness. Let your mind relax. Rest as long as you like.
Try it out and please let me know how it went for you!