So, I was unable to get a post out last week which means that you get two posts this week!
First off, let’s talk about staying flexible in the middle of your practice! After all this talk of “staying in the present” and no future/no past in your oracle readings, a very interesting video came across my “virtual desk.” As these things often happen the minute you try to solidify an approach, this video, from Eckhart Tolle, talks about the mindset needed when you engage planning and looking to the Future. Not only that, further along at the 4:35 mark, he talks about the importance of reviewing your Past. In all of this he talks about the mindset necessary to NOT get off track of where you are in the Present.
All in all, a very helpful teaching. It was if the Universe, as a beneficial instructor, was adding a bit of commentary to everything I had said previously. As if to say, “Well, you’ve ALMOST got it right. Now, add this into your recipe…”
Take the things I have said previously and give yourself the gift of thirteen minutes to watch the video. Go get a coffee, or a tea and a snack. He says it all a lot better than I ever could!
So, then, how do we apply this into readings? I could jokingly say, “very carefully.” However, in review, the key concept is not to fall out of balance with your Mind and your thoughts (which is what I was saying originally.)
What I have to correct is my early feelings that the Future and the Past are dangerous tools of the Ego. Well, they are BUT I believe it could be better said that they are dangerous tools if you let them stay in the power of the Ego. Otherwise, they are simply tools. A hammer is a dangerous weapon if placed in the wrong hands but an amazing and effective tool if used properly and then placed back in the toolbox. So, yes, I am correcting things from my previous statements.
We CAN use the Past and Future in our readings. See, flexibility in practice. The key, after watching the video, is not making them overly important!
Now, again, this gets tricky if you draw a card that is overly dire for the Future spot! The wisdom we can apply here comes in at the 6:20 mark where he talks about how projected outcomes no longer effect who you are in the Now. He goes on to offer some very powerful wisdom over the next minute or so and I’ll simply let you listen to it, gain what you need from it. After the 9:00 minute mark it tends to get off the mark but watch it till the end for the absolute joy of watching him come THIS close to to dropping the F-bomb.
So, where does that leave me? Well, to be honest, it leaves me at a point of being happily derailed. Perhaps this is why I did not post last week because I’ve been processing the information? I still feel very strongly about the Past and Future placements being illusionary but I feel that with this new information they can now be used sparingly and with caution.
More to come later this week as I try to put together a spread that captures this new information.