My card for today, from the William Blake Tarot of the Creative Imagination, is the Nine of Music, subtitled “Happiness”. Certainly today’s sunshine is spreading a great deal of happiness throughout our fair city. The quote by Blake on the card is:
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.
This is an amazing teaching around not getting addicted to the past, no matter how delicious it was. I can’t hold on to something that no longer exists. If I try to do so, I’m not in the present or its current joys. I’m reminded to simply enjoy and kiss each moment as it occurs, yet not attempt to trap it. It’s a bit like catching a gorgeously coloured butterfly then pinning it to a display board. Sure, the colours are there, but the life is gone.
A couple of days ago, a ran across the programme from the World Tarot Congress of 1999 which took place in Chicago. Such a great occasion. Such wonderful people (some of whom are no longer with us) who have become friends and colleagues. Incredible workshops filled with soul-opening revelations. In some ways, I’m tempted to want to relive that whole experience, but I can’t. It was formational to me, and for that I’m grateful. But it’s 2009 and I’m in Toronto.
I’m reminded of the reiki precepts. They begin with the phrase “for today only” or “just for today”. In other words, whatever our practice is is done here and now, in the moment. Not five weeks ago, not next year. Here, today, in the eternal now.
The only things that might be helpful to take with us into the perceived future is any love and wisdom that have touched us. Anything else needs to take flight.
How might you be trying to hold on to a joy that was?
How might you live in the present?
What love and valuable wisdom do you carry into the now?