A couple of nights ago, I had a dream about my work that I’ll allow to unfold as I sit with it in the weeks and months to come.
THE DREAM: Joanna Powell Colbert and I are sitting in a serene, softly-lit room that’s filled with green plants. She’s holding the Gaian Tarot and invites me to pose a question, so I ask, “What do I most need to know about my work in 2017?” Joanna turns over a card, the 4 of Water. We both contemplate its image for a moment, look at one another, and simultaneously say, “Devotion.”
First, some associations with the dream itself. Joanna is a dear friend, a highly creative person, an artist, a woman who has a priestess-like bearing, a deep diviner, a person whose spirituality is rooted in the cycles of Nature, and a host and facilitator of profound retreats. So my work is to embody friendship, creativity, sacredness, profound divination, luscious depth, an alignment with natural cycles and rhythms, and a sense of slowing down to pay attention as if one is on retreat, a focused immerson. The dream setting — the space we’re in — suggests that my work is centred in serenity and the greening power of Life. “Devotion” suggests that I devote myself to my work AND that what I offer — tarot, circle, reiki, and all the offshoots of those — are acts of devotion to Something Larger.
Second, some associations with the 4 of Water. Four-ness plus water-ness suggests creating relationship, establishing groups, acting on feelings, and taking concrete steps based on intuition. The image is of a young woman gazing into the waters of the Chalice Well in Glastonbury. My work this year invites others (and me) to take the time to look into the depths and to reflect. The mandorla or vesica piscis formed by the overlapping circles on the lid implies that my work is a meeting place of “this” and “that”, holy time and space where perceived opposites meet and reconcile, an intersection of inner and outer where wholeness is remembered. Glastonbury is a place of pilgrimage, so there’s a hint that my work is a form of hallowed journey. In the book that accompanies the Gaian Tarot, Joanna provided this affirmation for the 4 of Water: “I allow the sacred waters to pour peace and contentment into me.” If my work can provide such an experience, I am honoured.
Further reflection on this dream and this card will, I know, enrich me as a person and a practitioner. It will also, I know, enrich YOU when you work with me one-with-one and in group teaching experiences.