Greetings, my loves!
This morning I pulled a tarot card, asking the deck, “what do I need to know?” It gave me the 7 of wands. From learntarot.com, “The Seven of Wands is all about taking a stand. Taking a stand is a forceful act that changes the energy flow of the world for good or ill. Most of the time we flow with our lives as if on a river. Events and feelings carry us forward with little effort. Sometimes, though, we are not content to drift. We want to resist the flow, or change its course entirely!”
I had a long discussion yesterday with The Manflesh about feeling isolated where we live. After the events that had me reeling and unsteady last week, I was feeling more unsure, less likely to use my voice, less likely to stand. I am a firm believer in the importance of receiving messages from the universe, so this message comes at exactly the right time.
This is me, standing for you. Standing for love, even when the hatred of the world wants nothing more than to pull me under. I stand for love.
This week’s prompt is essentially the backbone of this whole project. The one thing that you can consistently and constantly come back to in order to ground yourself into the world of wonder and delight, to be filled with contentment and joy.
We have a responsibility to awe – Rebecca Elson
Purya is a sense of being completely filled, completely satisfied. It is also a moment of awe and delight. It is that moment when, standing next to the grand canyon, you feel breathless, stunned, so full of wonder and admiration that you get goosebumps.
This is a thing. It is apparently a THING. Berkeley has been doing a ton of research on the effects of awe on the human condition. They have a site with a section dedicated to practices you can undertake to cultivate a more meaningful life, including gratitude, happiness, kindness, mindfulness, and awe. Jason Silva has a whole channel on Youtube dedicated to his obsession with awe.
If you have a spare 30 minutes, this is an interview of Jason Silva at Berkeley and is totally worth the watch.
He talks a lot about pot smoking, just be warned.. hah! In the video he plays this, calling it “pure, intravenous awe” (if anything in this post could be considered required watching, it’s definitely this):
We all have things that are completely beautiful and breathtaking to us. Whether it’s a painting, a song, a forest, a cloudy sky, galaxies, or even our cat, there are things that fill us up completely, give us goosebumps, make us feel infinite. This song is one of mine:
I listen to this song and float. I feel like it is the soundtrack to my life. I am filled with awe. Galaxies also do it for me (I’m sure you aren’t surprised considering how often I paint them.. hahah), so, in this week’s spread, I lost myself in it.
Immerse yourself in something that fills you with awe. At that moment, that perfect moment, when you are filled completely, inhale deeply and let that feeling soak into your very being. Become one with awe, become timeless.
Ways to work with this prompt:
- Find something that fills you with awe, journal about it. Lose yourself in it.
- Watch some of the Shots of Awe videos (Jason Silva). Do some of the practices put together by Berkeley.
- Explore the concepts of awe, delight, satisfaction.
- Use any of these quotes:
- “The world moves for love, it kneels before it in awe.” William Hurt, The Village
- “The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
- “We have a responsibility to awe.” Rebecca Elson
- Breathe deep in awe. <3