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Gratitude As A Spiritual Practice

First my apologies for my disappearance. No excuses. I just didn't schedule blogging time into my day. I've missed y'all!

In 2008, I created a spread I called Gratitude As A Spiritual Practice. I based this on something Joanna Powell Colbert said about how she viewed Gratitude as a spiritual practice. Normally when I create spreads, I go for smaller patterns with seven or less cards. I find those work better for me. But this one seemed to really need more. So it ended up being a total of thirteen cards.

I wanted to share this here because I think I've been missing a serious practice of giving thanks. I seek joy daily, yes. However, there seems to be a nuance, a flavor, a texture that isn't quite right. It's my belief that it is gratitude. Not just a weekly gratitude list, but a pause in my day where I take stock of things. Where I acknowledge the joys and give thanks for what's going right in my life.

 

I don't think I would do this spread on a daily basis (not with a regular 40 hour day job plus three other jobs). But I do think I can take five minutes to focus on my day...to see with all of me what went well.

Here is the spread that I created. The purpose of this is to highlight my believe that gratitude as a spiritual practice should bring brilliance back into your life.

Star pattern because the star is enlightenment and brilliance. Gratitude as a spiritual practice, to me, should bring brilliance back into your life. It is laid out in a spiraling pattern starting from the bottom left and working inward. These are the gratitudes we need to acknowledge in our lives. The second layer are the gratitudes that we are not seeing. It may be that the other card in this spot (the ones we know) are overshadowing the ones we are not seeing. Use this as a reminder for those things we so often forget.

Gratitude As A Spiritual Practice

First Layer

      • 1.(layer one) -- The first card represents something we should consider being grateful for in our home environment.
      • 2.(layer one) -- The second card represents something we should consider being grateful for in our work environment.
      • 3.(layer one) -- The third card represents something we should consider being grateful for in our mental environment.
      • 4.(layer one) -- The fourth card represents something we should consider being grateful for in our emotional environment.
      • 5.(layer one) -- The fifth card represents something we should consider being grateful for in our spiritual environment.

Quintessence of Layer One

      • 6.(layer one) -- Add the first five cards together. Distill the number down to a digit that equals 22 or lower. This is your Quintessence card for the gratitudes you know.

Second Layer

      • 7.(layer two) -- The seventh card represents something we missed being grateful for in our home environment.
      • 8.(layer two) -- The eighth card represents something we missed being grateful for in our work environment.
      • 9.(layer two) -- the ninth card represents something we missed being grateful for in our mental environment.
      • 10.(layer one) -- The tenth card represents something we missed being grateful for in our emotional environment.
      • 11.(layer one) -- The eleventh card represents something we missed being grateful for in our spiritual environment.

Quintessence of Layer Two

      • 12.(layer two) -- Add the first five cards together. Distill the number down to a digit that equals 22 or lower. This is your Quintessence card for the gratitudes you missed being grateful for.

Quintessence of the whole spread

    • 13. Here is the Quintessence of the Quintessence, if you will. Ad. d card 6 and 12 together. This number is the number of the Major Arcana card that represents the overall most important detail. It's the heart of the matter.

If you like, you may prefer to do only the second layer. I would advocate for doing both. By doing this you can highlight and compare what you are seeing to be grateful for to what you are missing being grateful for. Sometime a complaining spouse may show up as something being missed because we don't think about what our lives would be without S/He Who Prods Into Action. Or battling children can remind us to be grateful for a healed relationship with our own sibling.

As for me, I pulled two cards from the vividly imagined Gypsy Palace Tarot by Nora Huszka. I've included the back so you can have that as a reference.

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The first is what I should consider being grateful for overall. The Eight of Pentacles is a woman in a beautiful dress. She wears a crown on her forehead. She is filling her skirt with something. In her mouth is a branch with more fruit. I see this as being grateful for all the abundance and skills that I am blessed with.

The thing I am missing be grateful for is the Queen of Pentacles. Interesting. Here is the woman ruler of this same suit. She sits on a throne surrounded by vegetation. the same fruits seem to be echoed in the green behind her. She is so calm as she sits there. Bare-breasted, her neck is adorned with a necklace that looks like amber to me. Could it be that I am missing out on being grateful for myself as a productive, compassionate woman? I can see that. I've been sick these past few days so I've been feeling unproductive. But I should honor the work already done by my Eight of Pentacles self. I've taped one interview for the Vibrant Life Summit. I'm taping another for the Prosperity Hour. I'm working on a book to teach others how to use affirmations. I'm getting things done. Maybe not at the pace I would like, but that also may be why I got sick. The Universe's way of "NAP TIME" enforcement.

So what about you? What do the cards show you?

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Professional Tarot conversationalist, Arwen Lynch has worked with Tarot as a vehicle for personal transformation since 1980. Her personal philosophy is that Tarot is best used to correct your life course. She is a published author (in romance, as Marilu Mann) as well as past president of the American Tarot Association (4/1/2007-4/1/2014). She specializes in helping people who are determined find their joy and writers who want to finish their book. She's an initiate of Wicca.

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