SoulCollage® Sunday: Lost Opportunities

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in SoulCollage | 2 comments

SoulCollage® Sunday: Lost Opportunities

I decided to do another 3-card reading this week, because I’ve just lost an opportunity I was really eager to pursue, and I am hoping for some extended intuitive guidance. One of the cards I picked was just featured in a recent SoulCollage® Sunday post, so it should be interesting to see how it reveals different insights here. (I’ve never read from the first card at all–I’m not even sure it’s finished–and the third is one that’s always fascinated me because I’ve never been able to pin down even a general, consistent meaning. It seems to change for me each time I read from it.)

1. Swimming/Wolf

I am the one who swims. I am the one who is deep underwater. I am the one who has a direction and knows where she is going. I am the one who calls on the spirit of the wolf. I am the one who can see clearly and knows my own self. I am the one who speaks with that wolf energy and feels its power within me, where I can draw on it as I need it.

What lessons do I need to learn from this lost opportunity?

You need to learn to listen to your own deep self. You need to learn to listen to your body rather than the paranoid ravings of your head. You need to feel the blood pulse in your veins, the air as it feeds your lungs. Feel your toes and see what they tell you about what is real, what is important. Stop and listen, feel these things, and it will ground you. You also need to learn to pull on that wolf energy for strength and power when you need it. Stand up in the ferocity and tenacity of the wolf. Don’t let go until you have exhausted all options.

2. Lull

I am the one who rests. I am the one who gives myself a break. I am the one who lets the cares of the world drift away for a while as I take time to restore myself.

What lessons do I need to learn from this lost opportunity?
You need to learn to relax. You need to remember that there are no wrong turns in life, only unexpected directions. You need to remember that there is no such thing as a “sure thing,” and even the “very likely thing” is no guarantee. You need to learn that it’s best to maintain a healthy detachment from possibilities rather than banking so much on them and elevating them to the point where everything is a disaster if they don’t turn out. Disappointment is inevitable in life, but how you react is what makes or breaks you. Take a break, regroup, and see things with new eyes. And actually trying daily meditation like you say you want to…that might be a good idea.

3. Bird’s Nest

I am the one who is mysterious. I am the one who jumps over large obstacles. I am the one who holds the beginnings of new life. I am the one who is beaten up but who decorates and celebrates my wounds rather than hiding them. (Or have I hidden them by clever camouflage?) I am the one who pampers myself in the name of enjoyment and good self-care. I am the one who throws caution to the wind and goes for it.

What lessons do I need to learn from this lost opportunity?

You know already that there are still seeds of new opportunities lying in the ashes of the old one. It works much like the phoenix, who must come out of the ashes of the dead bird—there is no other way it can be born. What is hidden for you in these ashes? What is waiting for you to find it? This may feel like a giant obstacle, but you will soar over it if you can answer that question, if you can find the key to what lies next. You may be wounded, but that doesn’t mean you have only to cover the actual sore spots. Make a mosaic out of your bandages if you can; have fun making your wounds more and less obvious at the same time. What hides there? What do you feel the need to hide, and why? The most important lesson you can learn here is about persistence, even in the face of apparent defeat. How do you even know that you’ve been defeated? You may merely have been derailed onto the path you were always meant to be long. So in other words, the short version of this answer: Don’t judge. Don’t judge yourself, and don’t judge others. That’s what critics are for. You, on the other hand, have real work to do.

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  1. What an interesting reading! I love how the cards seem to bring so much clarity in such a short time.

    • Yup—that’s a big part of why I love them! :)

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