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Ace of Cups — Spiritual Message of the Day

July 24, 2011

Ace of Cups -- Tarot of the Masters

“The purpose of life is to increase the warm heart.” — The Dalai Lama

According to most religious traditions, one of the primary elements of right living is Universal Love. This is not about the preferential feeling of attachment we have for one specific person; it is the love that comes from the realization of our oneness with everything. It is the sense of a pure heart which sees beyond distinctions between people. It is of unity, not separation.

It’s hard for us—we who have been raised in a culture that exalts an illusory sense of separation—to know how to rediscover our sense of union with all other people. But there are many ways to cultivate unconditional love and to practice this purity of heart, and here is just one. Try this for just a day to see how it feels and how it affects your life that day.

Every time you encounter someone—whether that may be a loved one, a friend, a casual acquaintance, a stranger, or an enemy—silently say to that person, “I love you.” This thought of love will be easy if the other person is a member of your family, it may feel a bit awkward when the other person is a stranger, and it will probably be very hard to do when the other person is an enemy of some sort. However, the amount of benefit this will bring into your life and into the world is highest in that final case. And if you can, also do this whenever you even think about someone else. For example, you may hear about someone in the news or read a comment someone makes on Facebook. In those cases as well, try to make your first thought about that other person be “I love you.”

As you do this, you will find your life drawn toward the light of unconditional love, which is the essence of your innate divine nature.

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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