6 Steps to Connecting to Your Passion, and Bringing it into Reality
This Blog Post is Part of the International Tarot Day Blog Hop
The Mother/Queen of Wands in terms of spiritual growth is the energy ‘Healer’ of the deck. She is asking you to get into touch with how your energy resides within and without. She is asking you to move past any energy blocks or pattens that may be holding you back, or no longer serving your highest good. So, you can align yourself with your spiritual/passionate truth.
How do you raise your vibration, and closer align yourself with your spiritual/passionate truth?
I think its as simple as asking the universe for help, and trusting it will provide. That’s what I did.
If you don’t know already, I am in the final stages of completing “The Naked Heart Tarot” deck. It has not been a short journey to get here, but it continues to be an amazing one!
But! it didn’t start off being amazing. Before my conscious soulfully aligned journey started 5.5 years ago I was at a point in my life where I was feeling completely lost and low in my career, and having no real idea of what the answer was. I knew I needed to make changes, but didn’t want to make the “wrong” changes as I have been ‘known’ to change my mind a lot in life.
The Mother/Queen of Wands, for me really is a significant card in the Naked Heart Tarot deck because I embraced her essence in the fullest in that time in my life when I was feeling very lost. And, every moment in time since that day has lead me to exactly where I am now. Completing the Naked Heart tarot deck, so it can be shared with the world. I have so much gratitude for my life; a very different feeling than I had 5.5 years ago.
So, lets get down and dirty and make things happen for you!
6 Steps to Finding and Connecting to Your Passion
While all the steps are equally important for making the yummy recipe for your life. The first step is probably the most significant piece to the puzzle to manifest your dreams into reality.
1) Get CLEAR on what you are asking for
For me, I just plain and simply wanted to do something for a living that would make me happy, and so I could help heal the world with my gifts.
So, I asked the universe one day “Please show me what I am meant to do for a living, and how I can give back at the same time”
2) Do NOT have any attachment to what the outcome “should” look like
After I clearly stated what I wanted from the universe. I let it go. I completely surrendered and gave myself over. I gave my intention over to the power of the universe, trusting that it would guide me. I never once could have predicted that designing a tarot deck is what would have emerged from it all.
3) Take Action - Do the things you love, just because you can.
After I gave my intention over to the universe, I quit my very financially stable career, and instead did random jobs that would keep me financially stable (I am in no way encouraging you to do this, I just knew it was my next step). I started reading and studying all things spiritual on a really deep level, drawing and painting consistently, and embracing all the things I love! Just because I loved them. I immersed myself in them!
Do you know what you love, what makes your heart sing? Dive in, and connect to it. I cannot say this loudly enough. Commit to making your heart sing.
Do you think JT is just dancing for his fans! Nope! He's doing it because it makes his heart sing. And that energy is pure gold, and that is why people gravitate to him. (Serious JT crush here, can you tell)
4) Follow your heart and listen to your inner voice
If you start/try something different or new, and it changes, switches, grows or expands, listen to what your inner voice tells you. Try not to get so attached to the journey that you are unable to let things go that are not helping you move forward.
I moved through several art and writing projects before I got here. The little voice inside me, always told me when to move on, let it go, step away for a bit, or restructure. And, I always listened. None of my projects ever felt like wasted energy, and I had some massive ones on the go. When I look back, I know that every single moment I spent aligned with my passion, were the building blocks that got me to this moment in time.
5) Have Patience
From the time I asked the universe to guide me to what would make me happy, and what I could do for a living, it took 5.5 years to get here, with 1.5 years and counting, dedicated to brining the Naked Heart tarot to life. And, I will say this is just the beginning of the journey (How exciting!)
6) Embrace The Journey
When you put your intention out there, it isn’t put out there to have a mad dash to a finish line. This is your life. It is meant to be enjoyed. That why its called passion. In the last 5.5 years, I have been through a lot ups-and-downs following this path. Times have been incredibly great, times have felt extremely difficult. But, through the journey I remained connected to what makes me happy; art and spiritualism. This has not wavered since day one, and when I look back I can CLEARLY see all the syncronicities that have brought me. I tell people all the time the universe is an amazing writer because there is no way I could have written the script of my life story so throughly; connecting ALL the dots.
I know my examples were written from a career/life path perspective, but I believe these same steps apply to anything you desire.
I hope this story has inspired you because I truly believe that you can live a life that if filled with joy and soulful expression, that feels like less of a struggle and more of a gift.
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The Hanged Man - A lesson in ego
A card of suspension, letting go of ego, and sacrifice.
(Let me set the stage)… I had been badly injured from a car accident about three years before starting to create The Naked Heart Tarot. During the on-going recovery phase my spiritual journey took a major turn, and my whole being, every cell in my body was waking up bringing me closer and closer to my path. But, I will save those details for another story.
Over the last couple of years, my injuries had progressively got worse and had got to the point they left me bed ridden for quite a few months, and I could only walk with crutches. I essentially didn’t have really any use of my left leg.
Thankfully as an Artist I embraced this incredible gift the universe was offering me to stop and slow down. So that’s what I did, and I started channelling and creating as much artwork as I possibly could; pouring myself into the original Naked Heart Tarot.
When I first started creating The Naked Heart Tarot it was in black and white ink. I had finished all the major Arcana cards, but one! While I was working on the last few cards, a voice inside my head kept saying “I want to work in colour, I want to work in colour” and over the next few days, it kept getting louder and more persistent.
To get the voice to shut up, I decided I would feed it. So I took a break from the deck and decided to do something in colour. As a painter, my natural instinct was to paint, but because I couldn’t sit/stand in the position to do so, I had to come up with something else. So I chose a new medium, and pulled out some pencil crayons to do a drawing in colour for fun.
When the colour drawing was complete I felt satisfied and realized I loved working with pencil crayons! Who know?! (my higher self did, that's who)
I had just finished designing and drawing The Hanged Man before I took a break, and I returned to the deck with new focused energy.
I was excited to see what the cards would look like when they were made small to fit the size of a regular tarot deck. So, I made a few scans of the art and started to scale them down. To my surprise the cards would not scale down to the proper size of a tarot deck. My original calculations I had made for the artwork were totally incorrect. My proportions were way off! This meant I would have to redo every Marjor Arcana card I had already produced. I sat there with my head in my hands staring at The Hanged Man. How could I have made this error after spending months upon months working on these cards! Then something came over me, a calm and settling feeling letting me know that the work was not a waste, and now was not the time to panic.
And just like The Hanged Man. I let go of my ego that was attached to my creations, knowing in my heart, and with all my soul, this was my life path, and the universe was not steering me in any direction except closer to my divine purpose.
And, that voice that had been calling to me asking me to create in colour, just got one-hundred times louder. So, that’s exactly what I did. I took my ink drawings and merged them with colour, and that is how the style of the Naked Heart Tarot was born.
Like the Hanged Man, not sure what the solution was, I was suspended in time; which allowed me to let go of what I thought should be. This gave me time to reflect on what was created and how I could expand my creation for the greater good. It allowed me to accept my present situation and surrender my need for control.
My heart remains thankful for this moment in time, and to this day, even though I know my everything has been put into each and every card I have created. The Hanged Man is my favourite card in The Naked Heart Tarot. It moves me to tears thinking about it.