I didn't sleep last night. I have been nauseated all day. I let myself get dragged down into the mud, forgetting that you can't pull someone out of it if they want to be dirty. Mud is slimy, and your fingers slide right off of them if they are not gripping you just as hard. Then you stand at the edge, dripping grime, feeling foolish, and wondering why they want to wallow in all that filth. Sometimes, it stains. Time passes, and you have to decide whether to turn around and go home, leaving them behind, since you can't drag them out, or stay and keep watching, helpless, ineffective, unable to act.
Since I couldn't save this person, much as I may want to, I have to walk away. Dirty. And that is okay. I know how to get my hands and my soul clean again. And now I know who cries, "Wolf!" There is value in that.
I also have to face the fact that my giant ego gets me into these scrapes. I often think I can help and just because I can I believe people should want my help. My ability does not equal their willingness. This is important for people who work with energy and healing arts. I need these reminders so that I can focus my time, energy, and attention on people who fit both criteria- that I am able to help, and who actually want that help.
|Kuan Yin Oracle|
"Please tell me what I need to know about yesterday." I whispered to the cards as I shuffled. My nausea calmed, my heart opened, and I felt a spiritual cleansing come over me. This is why I adore cards. The ritual, the immediacy, this is where my Goddess comes to meet me. I am never left alone or in pain when I take the steps to meet the Divine.
From the guidebook- "Turquoise Lotus Mother brings precious healing to you now. Allow yourself to be lifted out of your struggle, beloved one. An old pattern is finally in its death throes, something that weighed heavily on you from your past. This can be one of the most testing times to allow something to go, just when it seems to be so demanding of your time, focus and attention. Yet, do not doubt, you have actually learned the lessons it required of you and now you are being blessed with an opportunity to receive karmic healing."
Tears blurred my vision, and relief flooded through my whole body. I can let go. I have done what was required of me. I don't have to stay here and keep getting the mud slung at me, nor watch people I love wallow in it. My lesson is complete, and I can go. I don't want to leave but I have to recognize when I can no longer be useful. I'll come back, if I am called, but I will tell you this- next time, I am bringing a pole to test both the depth of the murk and the true willingness of the caller to actually accept the help.
I note in the imagery, most important for cartomancy, that she carries with her a lotus blossom. Lotus flowers grow in the most disgusting ichor at the bottom of a body of water. I am walking away, but with a gift. Whenever the people I have had to leave decide to crawl out of the mud, they can bring a lotus blossom, a gift to carry with them and reminder of their time there, too. I can't give them mine. You can only appreciate it when you have plucked it for yourself.
This card is from Kuan Yin Oracle by Alana Fairchild and Zeng Hao, published by Blue Angel Publishing.