Posts tagged zen
Letting Go (Osho Zen Tarot)

In this image of lotus leaves in the early morning, we can see in the rippling of the water that one drop has just fallen. It is a precious moment, and one that is full of poignancy. In surrendering to gravity and slipping off the leaf, the drop loses its previous identity and joins the vastness of the water below. We can imagine that it must have trembled before it fell, just on the edge between the known and the unknowable.

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What I Learned from My Master (My Cat)

I have recently adopted the cutest kitten in the world (okay, in my eyes). His name is Shiva, he is 12 weeks old, a ginger moggie. I have been wanting to adopt a cat for a very long time, perhaps ever since I graduated from University. That was many years ago. But life did get in the way, and I moved overseas, and with all my travels over the past years, it was almost impossible for me to adopt any pet. 

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Guidance (Osho Zen Tarot)

The angelic figure with rainbow-coloured wings on this card represents the guide that each of us carries within. Like the second figure in the background, we may sometimes be a little reluctant to trust this guide when it comes to us, because we are so accustomed to taking our cues from the outside rather than from the inside. The truth of your own deepest being is trying to show you where to go right now, and when this card appears it means you can trust the inner guidance you are being given. It speaks in whispers, and sometimes we can hesitate, not knowing if we have understood rightly. 

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Understanding (Osho Zen Tarot)

The bird pictured on this card is looking out from what seems to be a cage. There is no door, and actually the bars are disappearing. The bars were an illusion, and this small bird is being summoned by the grace and freedom and encouragement of the others. It is spreading its wings, ready to take flight for the very first time. The dawn of a new understanding - that the cage has always been open, and the sky has always been there for us to explore - can make us feel a little shaky at first. It's fine, and natural to be shaky, but don't let it overshadow the opportunity to experience the lightheartedness and adventure on offer, right there alongside the shakiness. 

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Transformation (Osho Zen Tarot)

The central figure in this card sits atop the vast flower of the void, and holds the symbols of transformation - the sword that cuts through illusion, the snake that rejuvenates itself by shedding its skin, the broken chain of limitations, and the yin/yang symbol of transcending duality. One of its hands rests on its lap, open and receptive. The other reaches down to touch the mouth of a sleeping face, symbolizing the silence that comes when we are at rest. This is a time for a deep let-go. Allow any pain, sorrow, or difficulty just to be there, accepting its "faciticity." 

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Travelling (Osho Zen Tarot)

Tarot cards are alive and talking to us all the time. At least, I feel my tarot decks talk to me all the time). I can't tell you how many times I've pulled a tarot card that relates to exactly the situation I'm going through. I used a few different tarot decks - Osho Zen Tarot, Sacred Rebels and Rumi Love by Alana Fairchild. My favourite one is Osho Zen Tarot, as it is downloadable on your iPhone and it will send you a card everyday automatically. It is as if Osho is talking to me everyday, and the card almost always relates to whatever I'm going through. In the ancient Vedic Scriptures, there is Philosophy that 'Everything' has a Living Deity within it or behind it, pulling its strings. So perhaps unsuprising that Tarot card aso has a Living Deity within it. 

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The Source (Osho Zen Tarot)

When we speak of being "grounded" or "entered" it is this Source we are talking about. When we begin a creative project, it is this Source that we tune in to. This card reminds us that there is a vast reservoir of energy available to us. And that we tap into it not by thinking and planning but by getting grounded, centered, and silent enough to be in contact with the Source. 

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The Paradoxes of Life, Love, Human Nature & Existence

Life is full of paradoxes, love is full of paradoxes.
We want to experience this intense deep connection with someone, a soulmate, a twin flame, honouring the divinity in each other, showering each other with roses, drowning in kisses, enveloping in sultry blankets, retreating into a cocoon of love;
Yet we also want to roam the world freely, unhindered by attachments, spreading our wings like eagles, soaring high in the sky.
We value deep connection, intimacy, security, commitment, also desiring absolute freedom, venturing into the unknown fearlessly, the transcendent, the elastic expansion into the infinite.

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Playfulness (Osho Zen Tarot)

Life is rarely as serious as we believe it to be, and when we recognize this fact, it responds by giving us more and more opportunities to play. The woman in this card is celebrating the joy of being alive, like a butterfly that has emerged from its chrysalis into the promise of the light. She reminds us of the time when we were children, discovering seashells on the beach or building castles in the sand without any concern that the waves might come and wash them away in the next moment. She knows that life is a game, and she's playing the part of a clown right now with no sense of embarrassment or pretense.When the Page of Fire enters your life, it is a sign that you are ready for the fresh and the new. Something wonderful is just on the horizon, and you have just the right quality of playful innocence and clarity to welcome it with open arms. 

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Integration (Osho Zen Tarot)

The image of integration is the unio mystica, the fusion of opposites. This is a time of communication between the previously experienced dualities of life. Rather than night opposing day, dark suppressing light, they work together to create a unified whole, turning endlessly one into the other, each containing in its deepest core the seed of the opposite. The eagle and the swan are both beings of flight and majesty. The eagle is the embodiment of power and aloneness. The swan is the embodiment of space and purity, gently floating and diving, upon and within the element of the emotions, entirely content and complete within her perfection and beauty. 

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Moment to Moment (Osho Zen Tarot)

As this figure moves across the stones, he steps lightly and non-seriously, and at the same time absolutely balanced and alert. Behind the swirling, ever-changing waters we can see the shapes of buildings; there appears to be a city in the background. The man is in the marketplace but at the same time outside of it, maintaining his balance and able to watch it from above. This card challenges us to move away from our preoccupations with other spaces and other times, and stay alert to what is happening in the here and now. 

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Trust (Osho Zen Tarot)

There is a tremendous sense of exhilaration if we can take the jump and move into the unknown, even if the idea scares us to death. And when we take trust to the level of the quantum leap, we don't make any elaborate plans or preparations. We don't say, "Okay, I trust that I know what to do now, and I'll settle my things and pack my suitcase and take it with me." No, we just jump, with hardly a thought for what happens next. The leap is the thing, and the thrill of it as we free-fall through the empty sky. 

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Totality (Osho Zen Tarot)

Developing the knack of being total in responding to whatever comes, as it comes, is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Taking one step through life at a time, giving each step your complete attention and energy, can bring a wondrous new vitality and creativity to all that you do. Every moment there is a possibility to be total. Whatever you are doing, be absorbed in it so utterly that the mind thinks nothing, is just there, is just a presence. And more and more totality will be coming. And the taste of totality will make you more and more capable of being total. 

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Ordinariness (Today's Osho Zen Tarot)

Cleaning the house, tending the garden, cooking a meal - the most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with your total involvement, with love, and for their own sake, without thought of recognition or reward. You are facing a time now when this easy, natural and utterly ordinary approach to the situations you encounter will bring far better results than any attempt on your part to be brilliant, clever, or otherwise extra-ordinary.

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