Riding the inner boat of faith and opening the inner eye, seeking other realities. That’s what’s covered in today’s Cosmic Communiqué as well as guidance about any upcoming summer trips you may be taking.
In the study of past life regressions, I’ve also learned about “progressions” which means seeing future lives.
I’ve read the life-between-life and past life regressionists’ views on progressions. Most all say that from any point in time there are parallel realities—or this is their finding after attempting progressions with their clients. From the experiences in my own work, I’d have to agree with their theory. We can see this idea of alternative or parallel realities demonstrated in that movie with the strange name, “What The Bleep Do We Know?” The best part of that movie, by the way, are the special feature interviews with quantum physicists at the end—at least in my humble opinion. Today’s cosmic communiqué is inspired by the tarot card that I drew—the 6 of Swords.
The archetype of this card, I believe, relates to incorporating or integrating experiences and memories while remaining open to their meaning—notice all the swords in the boat with the traveler?
Swords are associated with Air and Mind. The feeling with at least one message today is about being willing to acknowledge the memories and experiences while continuing the journey of integration and meaning. We see the water in the card and that relates to emotion—the emotion associated with the Air energy, the intellect or recollection. Intellect can help us get above emotion.
The astrological correlation of this tarot archetype is Mercury in Aquarius—both relating to Air. Intellectualizing (Mercury/Aquarius) the emotions or journeying above the water (the boat)—above the emotions.
Theravada Buddhism has been called Little Boat Buddhism or the individual path and the Mahayana form of Buddhism is more related to the Big Boat or Great Vehicle of humanity and compassion and inclusion. The Dalai Lama epitomizes Mahayana Buddhism.
In both forms of Buddhism, the study of the mind and the nature of reality is the focus and it is quite intellectual—using the intellect to understand the emotional nature of man and the mind. That’s one way to say it as it relates to the card—using the “boat”, if you will, of the mind and intellect to ride above the emotional nature.
The ideas and concepts of Buddhism (whether one is ‘officially’ a Buddhist or not) represents a different way to journey and a new perspective of life. Studying the nature of reality and the nature of the mind from a Buddhist perspective enables one to step back from problems and situations so that clarity is achieved.
This use of intellect is another way to open the inner eye to attain a calmer, clearer perspective of life.
Buddhist teachings are valuable when one is faced with the need to look at things from a different perspective or to see things from a different dimension of reality.
Traveling this way, in the Buddhist boat, helps us relax during our ride here upon the Earth because we are above the water (the emotions). There are various methods and teachings available to us suitable for various times. Buddhism is just one and if we integrate Buddhist teachings on the nature of reality—put those in our boat as we travel, just like the picture on the card—it is helpful. At least it has been for me. Toss into the boat a copy of “What the Bleep…” and that will help the journey too.
The archetypal motif of these energies relates to a message about avoiding highs and lows—and as the Buddhists suggest, taking the middle path.
The 6 of Swords can represent travel, speaking of which it looks like I’ll be able to get around okay with my car. (See yesterday’s post.)
This morning, just as I was getting up from my desk after thinking that it was time to go and take the car to the garage, I said aloud to myself, “This is going to go fine!” I actually answered myself and said, “I know it will.”
While last night the car would barely start and I had to flood the engine with gas to get it to turn over, this morning it started fine. I took it in anyway and the mechanic who was in my dream the night before (again, see yesterday’s post) said that the alternator belt was loose and it wasn’t giving the battery the right charge. Thus, the problem.
He tightened the belt and tested the battery and that was that. Except to say that unlike previous times, I had absolutely none of the emotional push-back like I used to when my car had an issue. Throughout the whole episode, I was like that guy in the boat in the picture on the card—and for me this represents progress on my journey.
The relationship issues that I’ve had with myself which have been triggered by this car have made the car-karma part-of-my-journey interesting.
Yesterday, The Tower card and today the 6 of Swords.
The common divinatory meaning of 6 of swords is that problems (The Tower) resolve and troubles subside and peace after a struggle is restored.
And that is my wish for you dear reader—that your struggles be over and your problems subside! And that easy times are ahead for you!
And if you are going to take a trip soon—its summer vacation time after all and you might be—here’s some guidance from the 6 of Swords: stay in your boat, travel above the emotional waters and always take the middle path! But most of all, remember that the future contains more than one parallel reality—the choice of which one you experience may well be based upon your attitude and beliefs.
PS – here are some books on Buddhism that I’d recommend if you’re interested:
The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way by Jay L. Garfield
The Moon of Wisdom: Chapter Six of Chandeakirti’s Entering the Middle Way with Commentary from the Eight Karmapa Mikyo Dorje’s Kagyu Siddhas by Chandrakirti, et al
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by Dalai Lama