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Ace of Swords — Spiritual Message of the Day

February 19, 2011

Ace of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many important aspects to this card, such as clarity of thought and focus of attention. The Ace of Swords also represents the gatekeeper of your conscious mind, so the message I want to focus on today is the fact that we manifest what we focus our attention on. Our thoughts are like seeds which sprout and grow into the circumstances of our lives. And so, for better or for worse, they are the beginnings of our role as co-creators of our lives.

This is something that we may think is a new revelation with the advent of New Age tomes like The Secret, Who Would You Be Without Your Story?, and The Law of Attraction, (either the Michael Losier book or the one by Esther and Jerry Hicks).  However, it’s a truth that has been known since antiquity, as we can see from considering the following quotes from the Buddha and Marcus Aurelius, as well as modern minds such as William James and and Itzhak Bentov.


The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
The Buddha


The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius


There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.
— William James


If our thought patterns are long-lasting and coherent … we can influence our environment. Positive thought patterns will tend to cause positive events to occur, which consistently negative ones will cause our environment to respond with negative events. — Itzhak Bentov


The important distinction here, though, is that the sages from the past aren’t talking about how we can bring money or relationships into our lives; they are telling us that our thoughts create who we are. They are talking about that which is essential — our character and soul. It’s a subtle, but important distinction. It is the difference between the fleeting currency of the material and the timeless authenticity of spirit.

So today pay attention to your thoughts. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about someone (including yourself), stop and focus on something else. You might find a basic meditative technique like focusing on your breath to be useful. You might want to use a specific positive thought or memory, such as a particularly enjoyable experience you had on a recent vacation. Or you might shift your thoughts to a positive affirmation like, “I am a loving, caring person.” The important point is to get into the habit of replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, which will transform your character and exalt your soul.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot






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