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Monday, March 2, 2015

Three of Swords - Recovery



A very disturbing and sorrowful image, is the Three of Swords. Initially you may wonder, what in the heck has gone wrong here? Why in the world has this individual (King Agamemnon) laying in his bath, been impaled by three swords, and he obviously has been murdered. It looks like a very abyssal and hopeless scenario, however this card is about moving beyond pain and suffering. It doesn't mean it won't be painful anymore, but it's about healing.

It is a relief to have everything out in the open, and recovery is not only possible, but has now begun, because the facts have been faced, though still painful, we can find strength, become more compassionate people, having made way for restoration and healing as we are no longer in  that state of paralysis, as embodied in the proceeding Two of Swords.  There is no room for continued resentment. It is a time for forgiveness toward others, and especially toward ourselves.

Our experiences help us to accept and love ourselves as whole people, with strengths and characteristic defects. We are not waiting for someone else to rescue us, and can now begin to learn what it means to become the heroine or hero of our own lives. Resolution is now possible, and the healing begins.

2 comments:

Ellen said...

A very profound post my friend!
Forgiving myself was one of the most difficult things I had to do during my healing process.And it still takes time because the guilt begins to roar again when you expect it the least

Catherine Meyers said...

It's certainly a common malaise Ellen. Everyone is afflicted with some sort of guilt, much of it an unhealthy kind of guilt. This is why I am sure so many of us have a problem forgiving ourselves, too much unhealthy guilt. I once took a University course called 'Personal Philosophy.' We could choose a related topic to research and write a paper on it. Guess what I chose? GUILT. I learned a lot about this topic. A great reference book was by a man C. Fitzsimons Allison, Guilt, Anger & God - The Pattern of Our Discontents. It helped me immeasurably, because I was full of guilt, and then felt guilty about that!
It's an old book, but a great one I think. It is published by Seabury Press, New York. If you wanted to read it, you might be able to find it second hand online for cheap as it was published in 1972. A oldie but a goodie!

My motto these days? Screw guilt!