Easy Spiritual practices: The Chariot
Spirituality is not just what you do in church on Sunday. It doesn’t have to be some tough discipline that takes years of practice. No. It’s also all the little things in life too, like smiling at a stranger, giving a coin to a beggar, and stopping to smell (and appreciate) the roses. So if you want to be a bit more spiritual, if you want to come one step closer to the Divine, here is one easy little spiritual practice for today that was inspired by the Chariot card.
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
— W.B. Yeats
In a Spiritual Tarot post about the Chariot from a few years ago, I noted that Yeats’s thought-provoking question raises a fundamental question that affects our everyday lives:
Is there a difference between what we do and who we are?
Every decision you make is not a decision about what to do; it’s a decision about who you are.
In addition, the following is a quote from the book “The Yoga of Jesus” that reiterates this idea:
With every good act man performs he is “ascending to heaven”—his mind becoming more focused at the Christ Center of heavenly perception; with every evil act he is descending into matter, his attention captivated by the phantoms of delusion.
Now consider this: Do you perform charitable works because you are a generous person, or are you a generous person because you perform charitable works? Actually, it’s both. For example, the more you act out of compassion, the more you become a compassionate person, and as a result, the more you will want to act compassionately. This is what may be called “a virtuous circle.”
So here is an easy spiritual exercise for today:
First consider in what way you most want to become a more spiritual person. Do you want to become more compassionate? More loving? More generous? More devout? Then take a step toward manifesting that more Spiritual trait. For example, if you want to be a more generous person, do something charitable. Remember: The being is the doing.
This post includes excerpts from my Tarot book — The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.