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Seven of Cups — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 2, 2011

Something that I often associate with the Seven of Cups is the Joseph Campbell quote, “Follow your bliss.” When I use that phrase people sometimes mistake it for advice to be selfish or hedonistic, but that isn’t what Campbell meant because our mundane desires and fleeting earthly pleasures are not true bliss.  Bliss arises when we are in harmony with the higher calling from our soul. And how do we know if we’re following our bliss? We can discern the direction to take toward our calling by listening closely to our feelings. When we feel a deep sense of joy, peace, and fulfillment we are headed in the right direction.  It’s like being “in the zone” with our life. And the more we follow our bliss, the more we live our own authentic life in accord with our spiritual path.

To better understand this advice, consider similar admonitions from several other great thinkers:

“Don’t ask so much what the world needs. Go out and do what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman

“Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.” — Hasidic Proverb

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have always imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

Finally, if you are interested in learning more about how to follow your bliss, you may be interested in Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell.

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

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he direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have always imagined." — Henry David Thoreau
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