Cards for the Day: R’d Ace & Six of Swords: “My Giant Goes With Me Wherever I Go”

“At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the Vatican and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are other forms of escapism besides travel, and one of them is to avoid thinking about whatever it is that most worries you. But we cannot escape our own thoughts (represented here by Swords). No matter how far the Six of Swords boat travels, the six swords will still be there. The more we try to avoid thinking about our problems, the more muddled and foggy (reversed Ace of Swords) our thoughts will become.

A better solution is to try sitting at home (but NOT in front of the television or computer). Appreciate stillness and quiet. Have you ever cleaned out an aquarium? The water clouds up with all the dust and gravel that are dislodged. After some time passes, the water stills and clears as the sediments sink to the bottom again. If we sit and are patient, the emotional water in our brains can quiet and settle. This way, our heads can clear. Running away from our thoughts, whether by traveling physically to other locations or by using Stumble Upon to surf the Internet, will not clear our heads but only make the fog worse. And the problems we were trying to avoid will keep following us until we address them. Our giants will always go with us wherever we go.

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