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Nine of Wands — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 24, 2011

Nine of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersIt’s easy to forget that we aren’t the only ones with challenges to deal with and wounds to heal; other people have problems too.  They need our understanding when they act badly because of their problems, and they need our compassion when their soul is damaged. Over two thousand years ago Plato said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,” and this is just as true today as it was then.

In specific situations, merely remembering that they too are “fighting a hard battle” can help us be kind and patient with someone else.  In general, though, we can become more understanding and compassionate by learning from our own wounds—and we all have them.  As Pema Chödrön says:

“Use what seems like poison as medicine. Use your personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings.”

However, the value of our wounds lies in how we deal with them. We must face them, learn what we can from them, and forgive whoever caused them. That last one is hard for many of us, but it is exceedingly important because complete healing is impossible without forgiveness. (For more about this, see my blog post from last year, More about the Judgement card – Forgiveness.)

Finally, we must see our wounds as a connection to other people.  They don’t make us unique or special. (We are special with or without them.)  They are a common bond that unites us.

The following are a few books relevant to this topic that you might find useful:

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chödrön
Forgiving the Unforgivable: Overcoming the Bitter Legacy of Intimate Wounds by Beverly Flanigan
Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve by Lewis B. Smedes

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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