Fear is not lack of bravery
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.Rudyard Kipling
Feeling fear is part of the human experience. We will never eliminate fear completely. A brave person is not someone who doesn’t feel fear; It’s someone who chooses to face their fear, thereby overcoming it.
Perhaps you can relate to the following: You want to do or achieve a specific goal but your mind has you tied in knots with all the things that could go wrong. ‘What if ________(fill in the blank)’? This then leads to the kind of analysis paralysis we see in the 8 of Swords and we begin to find all kinds of reasons for not even getting started on working on our goal.
Sometimes, the fear is more subtle because we are not yet aware of it. A fear of success (and the accompanying raised level of responsibility), lurking in the subconscious mind, is sometimes more of a culprit for people not achieving their goals than the fear of failure.
The Tarot, acting as a mirror for the soul, can help is identify our fears, as well as map out the best way forward.
Face Your Fears Tarot Spread
Before, choosing a Tarot or oracle deck to work with and laying the cards out, take a minute to focus on your goal. Relax, breathe deeply for a minute and let go of all tension. Visualise (daydream) about having achieved your goal and what that might feel like for up to three minutes. Then ask your Higher Self to reveal to you any fears that may be holding you back from taking action.
- My conscious fear (choose face up)
- My subconscious fear (choose face down)
- How my conscious fear serves my ego
- How my subconscious fear serves my ego
- What my Higher Self has to say about overcoming my conscious fear
- What my Higher Self has to say about overcoming my subconscious fear
- What action I need to take today, to overcome my fears and start moving in the direction of my dreams
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.Marie Curie
Love & Light,