end of round 2

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm

So its the first day sans message. It was really interesting to be able to do this again for other people. Definitely some of the messages this round felt different than when our first time. I was right inside them before, and this time it really was for others. But I still let them impact me. I’d see little things or i’d find an opportunity right in front of me that would connect to the message either directly or indirectly. It was fun having things pop up that were indirect. Little messages saying, betcha didnt see it this way?

I think I’ll post a few more things here in the coming days as sort of a wrap up to this process. Consider some things that happened and get a summary of the whole thing more solidified.


The Hanged Man

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

The Hanged Man
Letting go

Letting go: Having an emotional release
Accepting what is
Surrendering to experience
Ending the struggle
Being vulnerable and open
Giving up control
Accepting God’s will

Reversing: Turning the world around
Changing your mind
Overturning old priorities
Seeing from a new angle
Upending the old order
Doing an about face

Suspending: Action
Pausing to reflect
Feeling outside of time
Taking time to just be
Giving up urgency
Living in the moment
Waiting for the best opportunity

Sacrificing: being a martyr
Renouncing a claim
Putting self interest aside
Going one step back to go two steps forward
Giving up for a higher cause
Putting others first

Opposing cards:
Seven of Wands-defiance, struggling against
Ten of Wands-Struggle
Four of Pentacles- holding on, control

Reinforcing Cards:
Fool-faith in what is, going with the flow
High priestess-suspending activity, waiting
Strength-patience, taking time
Four of Swords-rest, suspended activity
Ten of Swords-sacrifice, martyrdom

The Hanged Man is one of the most mysterious cards in the tarot deck. It is simple, but complex. It attracts, but also disturbs. It contradics itself countless ways. The Hanged Man is unsettling because it symbolizes the action of paradox in our lives. A paradox is something that appears contradictory, and yet is true. The Hanged Man presents to us certain truths, but they are hidden in their opposites.
The main lesson of the Hanged Man is that we “control” by letting go-we “win” by surrendering. The figure on Card 12 has made the ultimate surrender-to die on the cross of his own travails-yet he shines with the glory of divine understanding. He has sacrificed himself, but he emerges the victor. The Hanged Man also tells us that we can “move forward” by standing still. By suspending time, we can have all the time in the world.
In readings, the Hanged Man reminds us that the best approach to a problem is not always the most obvious. When we most want to force our will on someone, that is when we should release. When we most want to have our own way, that is when we should sacrifice. When we most want to act, that is when we should wait. The irony is that by making these contradictory moves, we find what we are looking for.

Task 19-Kristin

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2009 at 2:05 pm

This task asked us to get outside, and specifically to go to Sheepshead park in Central Park. I didn’t get a chance to head up there. But I did do some amazing Manhattan/Brooklyn adventuring. I went to Governor’s Island for the first time. I am totally going to keep doing this whenever I want to spend the afternoon reading. Its so amazing to take a little ferry ride for FREE.
On the way back I explored the Seaport and waited in vain, and in the rain, to see Les Savy Faires and Kid Cudi play a set. Ate some crab soup waiting out the storm. But all was worth it after biking back across the Brooklyn Bridge. The skies parted and the most gorgeous and surreal sunset happened. I was biking against a glowing amber towards Prospect Park to see Blonde Redhead. Its sortof a nice coincidence the sky and the reference to the bands name. Anyways, was a great show, and had the company of an old friend from Toronto with me. A perfectly amazing day.