The Inner Surprises Blog


When I first made this card, I was completely baffled by its possible meaning.  I just loved all the light and the door… and yes, those young monks really intrigued me!  A perfect example of making a card intuitively because you love how all the images just seem to fit together for some strange reason.

It wasn’t until I worked with this Neter and let these monks tell me their story that it made sense to me.

Who are you?

We are the ones who are young and male. We are the ones who are dressed in the orange and saffron robes of monks. We are the ones who are Monks-in-Training. We are the ones who are moving through the heavy open doors.  The doors have just been opened to us and we are moving forward.  Someone on the inside opened the doors for us and now we are continuing to open them with our own hands and strength.  We are the ones who are eager to get to the inside where the light is.

What do you have to give me?

We give you eagerness, strength to push FARTHER open some doors that have already partially opened to you. We give you the ability to accept that you also are in Training for something else.

What do you want from me?

We want you to know that it is okay to not know everything about something. It is okay to be in-training for something important. We want you to apply Beginner’s Mind to whatever you are doing next.

Is there anything else you want to say to me today?

Yes. Pay attention to any Doors in your life that have opened to you.  Continue to open them with your own curiosity and eagerness.  Follow the light- only pursue the doors where the light beckons you from the other side. You will know. Trust that you will know.

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Naysayers

Do you ever listen to the voices inside your head?  Yep, we have a veritable Committee of inner parts of our selves; some are there to support us and some, unhappily for us, try to get in our way.  Over the years I have worked with these get-in-the-way parts individually and that’s been invaluable.  But sometimes it feels like all of these parts form a little sub-committee of their own.  I made this Naysayers card to honor that feeling I get when I seem like I’m drowning in negative thoughts.

Who are you?

We are the ones who are stony and solid, rock solid. We are the ones who are blocking your way. We are the ones who stand together and create a united front and even though the weather is nice, we bring darkness and stand among the shadows.

We are the ones who appear to be silent but we whisper in the breezes of your mind.
What wisdom do you have for me today?

Our message for you today is this: We are just parts of your mind. We are not dangerous unless you believe what we are telling you! And look… there are SPACES between us for you to move through easily to the other side. Do not ignore those spaces!

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Who are you?

I am the one who is buried beneath the ground, in the dirt. I am the one who rests and sleeps while growth occurs. I am the one whose limbs are growing, pushing up through the earth to the bright light of self-acceptance (see the lotus?). I am the one who is breaking free from the womblike darkness and pushing up to form new growth.

Once I break free, I am the one who is soaring high and I am the one who is free and light as air and full of joy and light.
What do you have to say to me today?

My message for you today is this: there is a time for both parts of this process– the being naked in the darkness below ground, AND the soaring high and free in the light and fresh air.  The gift is being aware of wherever you are in the process and being okay with that, understanding that both places complement one another on your journey.

 

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Apr

10

2017

Surrender

Who are you?

I am the one who has LET GO and yet I know I am safe because I am attached to Spirit.

I am the one who is relaxed and floating and held.

I am the one who trusts that Spirit is holding and will hold me always, in life as well as in death.

I am the one who has let go of the holding on. I am the one who is letting Another hold me instead.

I am the one who is free.

What is your wisdom for me today?

My wisdom for you today is this: you are in your own place of letting go now.  Continue to practice letting go. Let letting go be a practice.  Every day, as many times as you can. Let go of the negative thoughts, let go of the attachments to food, let go of your fears and doubts.  Breathe.  Ahhhh…. How does it feel to be held by Another?

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Goddess of Never Not Broken (seeing beauty in imperfection)

A while back, another SoulCollage Facilitator posted online about Akhilandeshvari, an ancient and relatively unknown Hindu goddess.   In Sanskrit, Ishvari means “female power,” or “goddess.”  And Akhilanda means essentially “never not broken.”

I was immediately struck by this and felt like this goddess has perhaps been watching over me at many critical moments in my life.  And so, of course… I felt led to make a card to honor her.

She showed up recently in a Daily Reading and here is what she said:

Who are you?

I am the one who is full of cracks.  I am the one who is not perfect. I am the one who has been broken apart and then put back together.  I am the one who has light streaming through my broken places.  I am the one who closes my eyes and knows that I am perfect exactly as I am, cracks and all. I am the one who accepts my imperfections.  I am the one who allows the light to shine out from the cracks in my body,. my my mind, my spirit.  I am the one who knows that even though I am broken, I am whole.

What is your message for me today?

My message for you today is this: sit in meditation a while today and focus on those parts of you that you are trying to force into healing, those parts of you that are imperfect that you are trying to change… and just be with them AS THEY ARE instead.

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