Card for the Day: Return to Silence

It’s been a long time since I drew a card for the day from Toni Carmine Salerno’s Universal Wisdom oracle deck. Some people don’t like to use oracle decks, but I find them, and the Universal Wisdom deck in particular, to be very soothing at times when I am not feeling very calm or tranquil — or on days when I have woken up in a fiendishly bad mood (like today! lol). To interpret a tarot card, I feel I should be as calm as possible and have a clear mind. An oracle deck, though, will actually clear my mind for me. In fact, pulling an oracle card first can pave the way for a clearer, more grounded tarot reading.

That said, on to today’s card: Return to Silence. Do I really need to interpret this card for you? The message here is to still the chatter in our brains, and there is one highly effective, easy, and completely free way to do that: meditate. There are many reasons to meditate (improved focus and concentration, peace of mind, lower blood pressure, religious reasons, etc.) but one of the best reasons relates to my reason for pulling a card from the Universal Wisdom deck, instead of a traditional tarot deck, today in the first place: meditation grounds and centers us, helping us to gather our energies inward.

Why would we want to be grounded and centered? Why would we want to pull our energy in? Two reasons: healing and guidance. If you have been through a lot of turmoil and trauma (or maybe just stress) lately, it is worth taking time to pull your energy in so that you can use it for self-healing. If your energy is pouring off you in all directions, you will likely feel scattered, drained, and possibly depressed. Likewise, if you are troubled by a decision that must be made or are trying to choose a direction in which to go, pulling your energy in can become part of the process of looking inside yourself for guidance. I frequently seem to receive messages from the universe advising me that the guidance and wisdom I am looking for are already inside me. On some level, I think that is true for all of us. We are all equipped with an inner buddha (or inner divine nature, if you prefer), or inner compass that can tell us which way to go if we tune in to our own wisdom. The Return to Silence card tells us that it is time to stop letting our monkey minds run the show and instead, turn the controls over to inner buddha for a while.

So now that I’ve given you the woo woo lecture on meditation, what is the bottom line here? (No pun intended — but the bottom line really means sit your bottom down and meditate!) The bottom line is that we are straying off course. Look within, seek your inner wisdom, and adjust your course as needed.

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