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The World — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 29, 2011

World Card -- Tarot of the MastersThere are three cards in the Major Arcana that are associated with the number THREE: the Empress (numbered 3), the Hanged Man (numbered 12, and 1 + 2 = 3), and the World card (numbered 21, and 2 + 1 = 3).  These three cards may be seen as ascending levels of the basic concept of love, which begins with the Empress. That card represents interpersonal love—the one-on-one love of, say, a mother or spouse. The Hanged Man, through its meaning of sacrifice, indicates transpersonal love. Examples of this include sacrificing our own time, money, or energy to help others in our community or risking life or limb to save someone else. The World card is about universal love—the love of all humankind and even of all living beings.

Reaching this state of universal love both comes from and results in a sense of our oneness with everything in the world. It’s like a dance. When we take a small step toward understanding our oneness with everything, it results in a closer experience of universal love, which in turn strengthens our belief in our oneness a little more. It’s a spiral upward toward universal oneness and universal love as long as we want it and allow it. And the result of this personal awakening is a gradual awakening of the consciousness of humankind, since we are all One. As each individual comes closer to this awakening, so does the whole.

The concepts of universal love and oneness are themselves universal.  Although some may discount this as a trendy New Age idea, it crosses cultural boundaries and extends far back through time. Two centuries ago Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, “Nature has her proper interest; and he will know what it is, who believes and feels that every Thing has a Life of its own, and that we are all one Life.” There is a Buddhist “Universal Love Prayer” in the Metta Sutta, and in Christian theology charity means an unlimited loving-kindness toward all others. Finally, I found a great short essay on Universal Love by Swami Sivananda Saraswati (a Hindu spiritual teacher) which I recommend. Here is a brief excerpt:

Universal love is divine love. [It] terminates in Advaitic unity or oneness … Feel that the whole world is your body, your own home. Melt or destroy all barriers that separate man from man. … Feel that one power or God works through all hands, sees through all eyes, hears through all ears. You will become a changed being. You will enjoy the highest peace and bliss.

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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