It’s so easy to get swept up by other people’s negativity. Watching the news on TV only worsens it. You end up feeling bitter and helpless at what’s happening in this world. In moments like this, make it a point to to try to stay positive. It’s hard but it’s do-able. And if you find yourself slipping into a mode of complaints, anger, sadness, get up and try again. Positive energy is worth fighting for and hanging on to.
I’ve been telling her what to do and now she’s got herself a job in another city
And all she’s done since she’s reached there is complain about the people and then shout at me.
Why is she suffering?
A : She’s learning the lesson of Tolerance and Patience. What you’ve been telling her for the past 25 years to learn, Life will teach her in minutes.
Q : I always tell her to get along with all kinds of people , to overlook differences, to be respectful of another’s culture or religion, to just hang in there and understand the way they communicate before jumping to conclusions. Still, all she does is criticise and complain and sulk around people.
A : It’s her lesson. Not yours. You’ve done your best. Just let go.
(one second later)
Q: I was wondering now that the kids are grown up, if I should go on that cruise I was reading about. A few of my friends are planning to travel in a couple of months…..
You’re doing too many things at once and everything is important. What happens? You’re putting your mind and body under stress and if you’re not feeling it in your body (rapid heartbeat, shoulder pain) you’re expressing it (irritability, fears of not being able to complete things on time) Whatever is happening is happening and you cannot take your mind off the discomfort. Being overwhelmed is part of anxiety and can be easily controlled before it gets too much to handle.
1. Accept that you have tons to do. Make a list. Calmly tell yourself to focus on the priority items.
2. Take deep breaths, knowing that you are capable of handling whatever comes your way, calmly and efficiently. Meditate with self belief.
3. Exercise. The best way to release endorphins and declutter your brain.
4. Distract yourself temporarily, do something to relax yourself – listen to music, talk to a friend, have a long bath.
5. Healing crystals like Blue Lace Agate, Rose Quartz, Aquamarine and even Black tourmaline help soothe and ground you – they can be worn as jewellery or held in your palm while meditating or breathing deeply. Remember to wash your healing crystals after every use.
6. Say no to the time wasters and unecessary demands put on you. Setting boundaries allows you to focus on yourself and bringing back that calm.
Remember feeling overwhelmed is only a temporary state. It will pass.
Images of 6 of Swords from the Fountain Tarot and the River Styx Tarot.
Many souls do not feel at home in their country of origin. And yearn constantly to be somewhere else. By the sea. On a mountain. Near a river. In a different city. The locations may vary but the feeling stays the same. These are the souls who ask the Tarot if they were destined to migrate.
Another set of souls have begun to feel disenchanted by their country of origin. The struggle gets too much. And there is a constant wanting for a more organised life, more spending power, better climate and more advanced systems. Of these, I find there are souls who act upon their yearning and take the necessary steps towards the realisation of their dream. They would have met immigration lawyers or begun the process of application. And their questions to the Tarot usually revolve around possible time frames, future job prospects and financial security. And the second set who don’t like their current life, want to leave the country but take no steps in this direction or have had their applications rejected and ask questions related to “Will I ever leave this country?”
And finally there are a few souls who end up in another country due to circumstances they never envisaged. A marriage proposal. The transfer of a spouse. Grown up children who have settled in other countries. Before they even realise it, they’ve moved to another home far away. And they learn to adapt and accept the changes that surround them. Their hearts and warmest connections remain rooted to their homeland and their questions revolve around the wellbeing of their family far away.
If there is one card in the deck of Tarot which answers the question of migration it’s the 6 of Swords. The card of voyages, passages, moving to a new set of circumstances and leaving the past behind. And if it doesn’t appear it doesn’t mean the querent is not relocating, it just means there are karmic lessons to be learnt and business that remains unfinished. Or the energies aren’t quite right for you to know the answer at the time of the reading.
Find out if there’s migration in your cards, get in touch with me for an exclusive reading. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Some people are just consumed by their own negativity. They seek help but then start to argue, berate, belittle the person trying to help them. They refuse to acknowledge there could be a problem in their attitude or their way of looking at things and end up draining others with their refusal to see the positive in anything. It could be their anxiety, their fear or their bitterness that blocks them from receiving help, love and advice. And they end up frustrated and leaving loved ones and even those who try to help them drained. Recognise such people and protect your energy. It’s okay to say No to them. Block them from calling. And ignore their provocations. Saying No to someone who doesn’t want to be helped is simply an act of self preservation. Your first priority is to yourself regardless of what you do for a living or how they may be related to you. If someone disturbs your levels of inner peace, just say No.
Sleep deprived and cranky? Just light a few sticks of lavender incense in your bedroom in the evening and feel your troubles literally float away with the heady smoke. Want to create a romantic mood for a special meal at home – reach out for some rose incense to infuse the environment with pure and positive thoughts. And if you just want to clear your mind of the clutter and the confusion get yourself some sticks of Lemon or Orange to uplift and energise you.
That’s just a few examples of how incense works. The study of incense is the basis of Aromatherapy, a popular form of alternative healing and beauty treatment today.
Incense has been universally accepted as the purifier and is used across the world as part of religious ceremonies as well as medical healing.
In India, incense was and is used daily in all temples and rituals at home to sanctify devotions, where as in China incense is burned to purify and rid the environment of all negative spirits. Mexicans used incense to induce trance like states during rituals, Native Americans and Wiccans cleanse environments and human auras by smudging with bundles of aromatic herbs like white sage. the Greeks and Romans also used essential oils and fragrant herbs in all aspects of their daily lives, and many of their practices were learned from the Egyptians and Mesopotamians who were without doubt, the absolute masters in the Art of “Aromatherapy”.
Incense is believed to cleanse the environment of negative vibrations, and also has an extraordinary effect of soothing the mind. Just like a candle brings light to a dark room, the aromatic effect of incense offers tranquility to our senses. If used during meditation, incense is said to dissipate the negative energy. Burning of incense helps to create a positive state of mind and helps condition the mind to associate the typical fragrance with a positive and calm mind.
According to Dr. K. L. Sheshagiri Rao, Chief Editor of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism and Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, incense is supposed to have a calming effect on the mind. In particular, jasmine and sandalwood scents are supposed to bring out a peaceful mindset
Call it a feel good fix, incense works. Some fragrances like sandalwood have properties calm and purify, while citrus based ones are generally thought to be uplifting and clarifying. While trying out some home fragrances, you can burn 2-3 different kinds of incense together, or even opt for essential oil blends to burn to help you.
Here are a few favourites for use in the following purposes/conditions
To aid in meditation, nothing beats the sweet aromatic smoke of sandalwood. However, if you prefer the aroma of frankincense, rose, jasmine, bergamot and geranium
Tension and stress are major problems in today’s society and you can use a combination of incense and even blend the fragrances as essential oils. Good choices would include Lavender (I recommend my clients not only burn incense sticks of this delightfully soothing floral fragrance, but also opt for all personal care products in this smell to help with stress relief), Sandalwood for those who prefer a heavier aroma, Lemon, Mandarin, Lemon grass, clarysage and patchouli.
Love & Harmony
Harmony is essential to life and if you feel there have been too many disagreements lately or simply an accumulation of negative thoughts, and what could be better than burning a few sticks of the following incense to bring a harmony? Choose Rose, Peppermint, Strawberry, Gardenia, Frankincense, Myrhh and Jasmine.
Cleansing and Purifying
During the rainy season, citronella and pine works well to ward away the mosquitoes and bugs. Pine is a popular disinfectant in essential oils and is known to dissipate the germs in the air.
Easily available and highly affordable, incense can be used for a variety of things, and can be stored for long durations without any risk of losing their fragrance.
So the next time you just want a soothing fix – reach out for an incense stick and allow its smoke to uplift you.
Father parked the car, put his hand in his wallet and handed the young girl some coins.
“Go, give it to the shopkeeper and tell him it’s from me”
The young girl looked at him quizzically.
“I owed him the change from last week”, he explained.
As she took the coins she asked.
“But it’s only change Father, you don’t need to return it”
A solemn expression came over her father and for a second, he looked like someone from the black and white photographs she had seen in the family albums.
“Return whatever you owe others. Even if it’s a few coins or a few hundred thousand notes. If you can’t return all of it, start returning what you can, regularly, until the debt is cleared”
His voice sounded different, a hundred years old.
She shrugged her shoulders playfully, “What if I forget to return the money?”
“Then don’t ever be in a position where you need to borrow money.
The only person who can forget is the one who lends you the money, and that too, if he chooses”
The girl stepped out of the car and walked into the shop. There were sweets and stickers hanging from shelves at the entrance, she knew this shop well, her parents bought a lot of their daily essentials from here. The old shopkeeper smiled and she extended her hand carefully dropping the coins into his palm. He smiled and reached out for some strawberry candy, her favourite!
As she skipped back to the car, her father grabbed the candy and quickly popped some in his mouth. The shopkeeper heard their laughter and sighed happily.