Every Journey is a Healing Journey
One of the things I hear often in my tarot practice is this. “I have been working on healing and spiritual growth for a long time. When will I be finished with this healing journey?”
The answer (which no one likes to hear) is NEVER.
I have come to believe that our purpose here on planet Earth is simply this. We are here to heal ourselves, each other, and the planet. The measure of our healing is our ability to be happy today, where we are, with what we have.
Every day, each one of us is on a healing journey, whether we know it, or not, and whether we like it, or not.
The frustration is real.
When we embark on a healing journey because we want something more than healing, we can see our commitment to healing as a barter with the Universe. “I’ll go to yoga if you send me a boyfriend”.
While it is true that, as we heal, we become abler to attract the right people and situations into our lives, healing needs to be done for the sake of healing only.
We can also become frustrated that, at a mature age, we are still dealing with issues that began in childhood. This isn’t unusual. We all spend most of our adult lives recovering from the first twenty years. That’s because a lot of the programming we receive is unconducive to good mental health.
Perhaps our planetary culture will evolve to the point that we damage our children less. Until then, we each bear the responsibility for our own healing from childhood issues, even if it takes a lifetime.
Often, the healing journey feels frustrating because we want to be more perfect right now. The truth is, patience with ourselves, and with our journey, is its own healing lesson.
I think the trick is to normalize our need for healing. No one feels embarrassed about going to the dentist, or getting a mammogram. Dealing with therapists and healers should invoke no stigma.
Every part of ourselves, body, mind and spirit, needs constant maintenance and healing. The more we can embrace our journey through life as a journey of self-care and healing, the more we can enjoy the journey.
Healing from Emotional Triggers with Tarot
One of the biggest and most easily propagated type of hurt I see is the emotional trigger.
A situation, large or small, may cause you to feel angry, or hurt, or sad. You react to the situation, without realizing that the level of pain you are feeling is not really caused by the situation at hand. The situation has reminded your subconscious of something bigger, and more painful, in your past. That’s truly why you are so upset.
When we can recognize our triggers when they happen, we can immediately feel better, and stop allowing small problems to give us huge pain. We can identify the true source of the pain, and work on healing that.
If we can avoid reacting to our triggers, we can avoid causing deeper problems in our current relationships.
When something upsets you, have a conversation with your cards about it, or create a tarot spread to help you deal with it.
One of the most important questions to ask of your cards in this situation is “Why is this upsetting me so much?”
Another is, “How should I address this with the other people involved?”
The more we can recognize our triggers, the more we can avoid making our current situations worse, and the more we can cultivate authentic and healthy emotional responses.
Explore tarot as a way to do exactly that.
From My Desk to Yours
This week, I had the opportunity to speak at a ladies’ luncheon. Here’s what I spoke about, on my Community Blog.
Here’s one from the archives. In honor ofMay First, here is a Beltane Tarot Spread to try.
From Around the Web
From Alice Smeets, here is a fabulous post about healing with tarot, entitled “Shadow Meditation with Tarot”.
Here’s a take on healing with tarot from the Llewellyn Journal.
From Ultimate Tarot, here is a Healing Tarot Spread.
Song of the Week
This song reminds me of the healing journey. It’s Sheryl Crow’s “Every Day is a Winding Road”.
Numerology with Zuri
Hello Bright Sparks!
Last week, the focus was all about caregiving, the home and the responsibilities of being everyone’s cosmic parent in some way, shape or form. Our identity was clearly defined and molded by the roles we adopted by nurturing and self-sacrificing for the needs of others.
This week, we shed those labels, in an effort to recharge our spiritual batteries and work on rediscovering our own balance and center. Under the angelic wings of the 7 vibration, we realign with our inner compass by disconnecting from the outside chatter to hear our personal truths.
As a 7, you may need your quiet time and personal space to hear yourself think, to reflect on the day’s events and to do the necessary research to find the answers to that nagging mystery or puzzle. Don’t be surprised if you preferred to spend your time at the library rather than at a frat party. Or maybe you were drawn to the sciences as a college major. Much like Sherlock Holmes, you’re an investigator, a seeker of wisdom, always in search for the deeper meaning or secrets to life. With that being said, your BS meter is always on high alert, making you the natural skeptic of the group and never taking anything just at face value.
A 7 will definitely make you think, question and dig deeper for solutions. But one of the biggest lessons of the 7 is to also learn how to have faith and trust. Not everything will fit in a perfect little box, and sometimes part of the cosmic lesson of the 7 when you see it in the world around you, is to let go and let God, because there is a Divine plan in action.
The 7 will teach you to trust where your hut (heart & gut) is leading you. Listen to your instincts, leave a door open for the Angelic guides to step through and show you a new way or bring the people into your life who are meant to be a part of the next step.
This is further supported when we look at how the 7 plays out in the Tarot’s Minor Arcana. The 7 of Wands shows a man needing to stand up for himself and his beliefs. He’s not listening to anyone else. He’s going at it alone but finds strength in his convictions. The 7 of Pentacles confirms that there is a Divine timing at play when waiting for the fruits of our labor to come into tangible reality. So as much as we want to direct the course, sometimes we need to step back, re-assess the situation and allow God to take the reigns for our highest and best good. The 7 of Cups is a card of too many choices, and needing to turn inward for deeper clarity. And ultimately, the 7 of Swords is a reminder to never take anything at face value. In true 7 fashion, it calls for skepticism and discernment in uncovering the truth.
This week’s vibrational takeaway in working with the 7 is to turn the mirror back on yourself. What do you see? Do you like what you see? What needs deeper analysis or healing? Maybe it’s a call to action to unplug from society. Spend some time in nature and enter into a state of introspection and self-reflection. Where do you need to create a sanctuary of peace and solitude? Where do you need to investigate and uncover what may be a deeper mystery? Is your life lacking a spiritual foundation? Engage in meditation or deeper research right now. When in doubt, trust your vibes and have faith that you will be guided to the right outcome in the right time.
The answers lie within you.
With love & stardust!
I’m Zuri Eberhart: Tarot reader, numerologist and intuitive healer put on this planet to help fantastic spirits (like you!) learn to trust their intuition, cast light on their possibilities, and move towards their gorgeous goals, fearlessly.
(Oh - and I’m here to make it fun, too. Like, heart-opening, adventure-sparking, I-can-see-clearly-nowww kind of fun.)
Ready to make some magic? I’d love to help you set your mojo on fire! Stop by my digital digs at AskZuri.com.
Three Types of Healing We All Need, and Some Tarot Cards That Can Help
Healing from guilt and shame
We are raised to feel shame for our bodies and their natural functions, and guilt for our personalities and natural desires.
One tarot card that can often reflect guilt and shame is the High Priestess reversed. A healing exercise is to meditate with the High Priestess in her upright position, and claim the natural perfection of your human form.
Healing from low self-worth
Most of us suffer from a lack of self-esteem. We have a hard time visualizing our success, celebrating our accomplishments, or believing that we deserve good things.
The Nine of Pentacles can be a card of self-confidence and self-esteem. Meditate with the Nine of Pentacles to help feel more secure in yourself.
Healing from the need to please others
Of course, we want to please the people around us. However, sometimes we get caught in the trap of please those who don’t have our best interests at heart, or pleasing people at the expense of pleasing ourselves. When we have our own approval, we don’t need the approval of others. When we surround ourselves with people who truly care about our happiness, finding happiness is easier.
There are many tarot cards that speak of the richness of family and community in healthy ways, like the Three of Cups, the Four of Wands and the Ten of Cups. When we feel torn between our own needs and the needs of others, we need to work to manifest appropriate community relationships. These cards can help!
If we are feeling treated unfairly by others, the Justice card can bring balance, and the Lovers can help us appropriately integrate with others.
Image from Gilded Royale by Ciro Marchetti.
Your One-Card Weekly Reading
Drawn at random, this is the perfect card for our conversation about the healing journey.
While the Fool is a very important card, and can have many interpretations, there is one obvious interpretation in light of our topic.
This week, the Fool asks you to honor your inner child.
Sometimes healing the inner child means recognizing the mistakes that well-intentioned parents have made. Remember, every parent gives their kids something to tell a therapist.
Sometimes healing the inner child means allowing yourself the opportunity to nurture your own inner child in ways that you weren’t nurtured in your actual childhood.
Sometimes the inner child simply wants to play, create, learn and explore.
This week, make time in your adult life to honor your playful nature, to heal your wounded inner child, and to nurture yourself.
All of these things are part of your healing journey, and all are encouraged by the Fool.
Sunday, May 15, 3:30 pm
Tampa Bay Area Tarot Meetup
23388 State Road 54, Lutz, 33549
Join us as I teach my popular free class “The Four Elements and the Major Arcana”. You’ll learn the traditional elemental associations of the twenty-two Major Arcana cards, and see how this aids in your understanding of them.
You can RSVP on the Meetup, or visit the event listing on my webpage.
Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm
Global Tarot Circle
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Join tarot friends around the world for questions and answers about tarot. Share readings, insights and focused conversation with tarot experts, artists, students and beginners.
Log-in information is available on the event listing on my webpage.
Now Open for Registration:
Sunday, June 5, 10:00 - 4:00, Tampa Bay Area Tarot Meetup Retreat Day at Mitchell's.
October 7, Professional Development Day at TarotCon (Follow the link below).
October 8 & 9, TarotCon (Florida) 2016 in Palm Beach Gardens.
Origins Spa and Wellness Center
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Lutz, FL 33548
Private telephone, Skype and in person readings and instruction are available by appointment.
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