Spirituality and Politics: Light Worker, Shadow Worker

“Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals” (2011) by Manuel Marín. Via Flickr.com @manuelmarin. Creative Commons.

Recent social events and divisive politicians have motivated many public figures in the spiritual communities to step forward and comment about politics. Almost every single one will receive a vitriolic remark about staying “within your own lane” and just stick to spirituality; don’t be “low vibe and low energy” by talking politics or social consciousness.

Likewise, there are an equivalent number of public figures in the spiritual communities who have built their branding and image on compassion, love, and lightworking, and yet they have remained eerily silent on issues of social injustice, hate, hate crimes, and, well, quite frankly, political issues that they don’t think personally affects them, but are literally killing others. Which is odd, for someone spiritual who believes as above, so below, as within, so without, and we are all One…

Those who actively seek to walk a spirituality-dominant path for personal development have two options. First, they can develop spirituality inward, and focus on themselves. The goal here is personal transcendence. How can you, you, transcend? The second option is to develop spirituality outward, and focus on the collective. The goal here is collective or social transcendence, to use what Divinity has gifted you with to make a difference in the world around you so that the world can, collectively, transcend, or at least take another positive step toward transcendence. Those are the two core objectives of spirituality. It’s either about your transcendence or it’s about your collective’s transcendence

To talk about which one of the two paths everybody should take is an unproductive conversation. Both paths serve a larger purpose beyond what we are able to understand in our moment. Also, one path is the other, and vice versa. Evolve yourself and you do evolve the collective. Evolve the collective and you will evolve yourself. So both are equally compelling spiritual paths.

That’s why for someone to say to a spiritualist that you should not involve yourself in politics or comment on political matters is, well, short-sighted. It’s in effect asserting that the first path is superior (personal transcendence) and spiritualists need not and should not seek collective or social transcendence.

If you’re seeking self-improvement at the moment and using the vehicle of personal spirituality to do so, which by the way is the definition of shadow work, then yes, perhaps turning inward and detaching from the political and social landscape of your world at the moment is the prudent path. If, however, you are a lightworker, or a self-professed lightworker, well then, lightwork is defined by shining your light out into the world so that you can uplift your community. The lightworker cannot do that effectively by summarily ignoring politics and social issues. Politics and social issues are intertwined with the conditions of your community.

To heal a body, you have to find what is rotting, diagnose the problem, and eradicate the problem area so that the healthy part of the body can begin the healing process. No one disagrees with that or finds such an assertion divisive. Yet when our society is sick and everyone, no matter which side of the aisle you stand on, can acknowledge something is rotting, why aren’t we working toward diagnosing the problem and eradicating the rot? Sure, we can disagree on what the problem is and what the solution ought to be, and that’s common in any area of expertise. But if the team of medical experts are going to heal the patient, then even when they disagree with the diagnosis, they had better do so by working together, collaboratively and in harmony, or else that patient is going to die on the operating table.

Let’s also address how spiritualists take many forms, and serve different roles. Some are rhetoricians, the messengers. Others are warriors, our gladiators. We’ve got those who are physical healers, who heal us mind, body, and soul, one by one. There are those who traverse to other realms or channel entities from other realms, and bring to us important messages so the rest of us can do our jobs better. Then we’ve got the teachers, who preserve the body of wisdom we’ve attained up to this point by passing it on to the next generation of messengers, warriors, healers, and mediums. Understood in that way, it seems silly for the rhetorician to tell the warrior not to fight, or that the healer should take up arms and slay on the battlefront. That being said, if one is a self-proclaimed warrior, then one had better take up the cause and fight the war when called. You can’t call yourself a warrior and then run away from the draft.

To be political and social is part of some of our spiritual paths. Let’s honor that. Likewise, certain defined spiritual paths necessitate its adherents to be political, and yet so many of those who profess to follow such paths are too afraid of their own shadows to do what needs to be done. You cannot be an adequate lightworker if you do not walk out of your own comfort zone in search of the darkness, to find where you most need to shine your light. Do you have to be a lightworker if you are spiritual? No, you don’t. Not all spiritualists are lightworkers. But I am perplexed by those who say they are and yet who refuse to engage in political discourse.

Tarot and Shadow Work for Activating Dynamic Power

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At Tarot Summer School 2017

To enroll in the course for $28, click the above button or click here to go to the Tarot Summer School landing page and check out my course offering, “Tarot and Shadow Work for Activating Dynamic Power.”

Course Objective:

To strengthen your personal vitality and the reservoir of metaphysical powers you can command or control, through attunement to those inner and outer alchemical forces embedded into the archetypal tarot architecture.

Course Description:

We often hear about using tarot for shadow work. This course takes that concept a step further to address how tarot and shadow work can be utilized to cultivate dynamic personal power. The more personal power you wield, the greater likelihood of success you’ll enjoy in achieving your goals. To break vicious cycles that hold you down and to overcome that which haunts you, you need force. You can summon that force from within you and to navigate that inner landscape of yours in search of your powers, we use the tarot.

The course addresses how to source power from five specific inner reservoirs, corresponding with the architecture of tarot, which are as follows:

  • Expert or authoritative power, which we harness through Fire;
  • The power of charisma, or appeal, harnessed through Water;
  • The power of punishment to reinforce your personal sovereignty, harnessed through Air;
  • The power of reward, or building relations, harnessed through Earth; and
  • The power of change, or the power of esoteric knowledge, harnessed by attuning to Spirit.

The tarot will be used as an anchoring and centering tool for navigating the inner landscape in search of those five reservoirs of power. We can also better understand these five powers of social psychology through the Major Arcana and the four suits of the Minor Arcana.

We will cover both the psychological and the metaphysical facets of these powers and how you can activate them by navigating your shadow landscape with the tarot. Overcome lack mentality. the pain of failure, recurring underachievement, fear, inertia, and insecurity by activating these five powers that are just beyond the nether regions of your own mind and will.

Tarot, social psychology, chakra strengthening, self-reflection, personal ritual, spell-crafting, and basic East Asian Qi energy work will be covered. The course content delves unabashedly into faith-based material.

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Shadow Work with a Tarot or Oracle Deck + Card Reading Magic Summit

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I’ve put together a self-guided workbook that takes you through one session of shadow working with a tarot or oracle deck. I used an oracle deck I created for myself, which I share for free here (scroll down). Go there and you can download all digital files for it to print out and produce your own copy of the deck.

However, I would not recommend using my little deck unless for some reason you have a deep, personal, and intuitive connection with it. =)  For this particular type of work, go with a deck that feels like your extra limb–it’s that much a part of you. Go with a deck, tarot or oracle, that is home to you, that you know well, a deck that knows you well. Get what I mean? Use that deck that you’re simply in love with. I do not recommend using a deck you’re just starting to learn how to operate. I even wonder if an oracle deck with keywords or affirmations, rather than tarot, would work better for this particular workbook. In any event, that’s up to you. Tarot or oracle, I recommend that you take time and care selecting your deck before you start.

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Workbook, extra paper, joss paper (or scrap paper for burning), pen, tarot or oracle cards, candle, bell, incense

The above photo shows you the items I recommend you having on hand when you sit down to run through this session. I find that blending internal Q&A, cartomancy, and very, very simple little rituals results in a shadow work session that anyone can do (even if you’re not a tarot reader, you could use an oracle deck with keywords and captions that requires no prior card experience). I certainly did not get ceremonial here. I tried to keep this to something anyone, any joe shmoe or jane doe could work with and get some value out of.

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Did want to note that when I write stuff on pieces of scrap paper that are to then be burned, I use joss paper. Joss paper is thin, and the ones I have are made of rice, and were made intended for you to burn, so if you can get your hands on thin joss paper for the write something + burn it components, that’d be great. However, I’m sure normal paper works fine. Just observe all standard fire hazard precautions.

Also, it makes sense for you to scroll through and review the workbook first, to make adjustments as needed, so the exercise resonates with you, and then print it out to do the session. Think of the direct download of this workbook as a default setting. Once you get the default setting, you may need to customize it to fit you. As my hubby has said many times, he never direct downloads software and accepts its default settings. He always customizes, and I think this is worth your while to customize. I’ve created the default setting to, obviously, fit me. I mean. Come on. I don’t even know you. 😉

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I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get into doing tarot readings for myself, but in a way beyond, like, you know, I don’t know, the normal stuff of just specific question or general readings. That wasn’t motivating me to use my cards for myself. This workbook, however… this… yes, this is what I’ve been searching for in terms of reading tarot for myself. (Or oracle cards.)

My personal experience with the guided session was perspective changing. Even if you’re skeptical about some of the really woo practices I recommend, which are interspersed throughout the workbook, I hope you’ll acknowledge that there’s something oddly calming about it if you actually indulge in the practices as instructed.

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Now, what is all this really about? The “Independent Shadow Work Cartomancy Session” workbook is a free gift I’ve put together for those who register for the 2016 Card Reading Magic Summit hosted by bestselling deck creator and author Tori Hartman.

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All speakers are giving away a free gift to participants of the Summit as a thank you for your time. By the way, look at this amazing lineup of speakers. Free shadow work workbook be damned, don’t you want to register and partake in this Summit no matter what?

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The Summit will run online, via video interviews with the speakers, from September 14 through 18, 2016.

To register, FOR FREE no less, click on the below affiliate link. (It’s my affiliate link. I don’t really understand. I’m just following directions here. So. Affiliate link. Please click. I’m supposed to ask you to use my affiliate link and the free gift, that shadow work workbook, is my enticement to you to do so. So. Please click.)

https://gj248.isrefer.com/go/crm/benebell/

After you’ve registered for the Summit, download the free workbook through the links below, DOCX or PDF.

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Independent Shadow Work Cartomancy Session

Guided Workbook

 DOCX | Shadow Work Session with the Cards

PDF | Shadow Work Session with the Cards

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By the way, in case you’re wondering, yes of course please feel free to use the contents of the workbook in any way you’d like, as you will. That means if you’re a teacher or spiritual counselor and want to incorporate content from my workbook, in part or even in whole, as-is or modified, for client sessions or workshops you teach, that’s totally cool by me, though a tiny shout-out to Benebell would be appreciated greatly, but it’s not like I’m going to police the Internet. (I’m not going to police the Internet.)

And if you’re a blogger or vlogger who wants to present the workbook and talk about it with your audience, omg hell yeah do you know how stoked I would be by that? Don’t even bother asking for permission. Just be sure to link me so I can watch like a giggly and totally flattered schoolgirl.

If you’d like to take my proprietary methodologies in shadow work further, in a way that integrates Chinese qi gong, inner and outer alchemy, and the tarot to tap in to the personal reservoirs of power you possess, check out the “Tarot and Shadow Work for Activating Dynamic Power” self-paced online course taught through the Tarot Readers Academy.

[The banner below says “Tarot Summer School 2017” but as of this date, it’s still being offered so go ahead and order today!]

The 2016 Card Reading Magic Summit

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The amazing and illustrious Tori Hartman, author of the Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards has organized an incredible event–an online cartomancy summit. For access, you’ll need to register. Click on the banner above and register to partake in the summit. Registration is free right now! How cool is that! And just check out the lineup of speakers.

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No matter where you are in your card reading journey, there is always more to learn about this art that none of us can ever truly perfect. So Tori Hartman has put together a free virtual intuitive festival. By registering, you’ll get the benefit of rarely-heard insights in conversations with well-known groundbreakers and up-and-coming experts.

Card Reading Magic is an online event that features 18 speakers. It will take place between September 14 and 18. For more details, you’ll have to sign up.

During this virtual intuitive festival, you’ll discover:

– How to gain more specific, in depth information from your readings
– The five essentials of card reading
– How you can use your intuition more effectively and naturally
– Mistakes that keep you from accurate readings
– How you can shift into the zone of being a card reader quickly and easily
– Simple techniques to move away from the guidebook
– How to put the story together for your clients by linking cards
– The insider secrets of self-publishing decks from experts who have done it

September 14 through 18, 2016.

Mark it in your calendar, folks.

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A Free Gift?

Oh yes. By the way, every speaker will be giving away a free gift. Let me just tell you, I couldn’t quite figure out the instructions for what I was supposed to do exactly in terms of the logistics for giving away said gift. I know it’s related to getting you to register for the event through my link. So this is going to be my best guess for what I was supposed to do about the affiliate link, free gift, and such. So first, here’s my link:

https://gj248.isrefer.com/go/crm/benebell/

Here’s a shortlink of that link that’s easier to remember:

http://tinyurl.com/cardreadingsummit

Click on my referral link to register and, well, register. Free gift or not, it’s going to be an awesome summit, so register regardless.

Then e-mail me at benebellwen@gmail.com to let me know you’ve registered. Then I’ll email you the free gift!

What’s the free gift? It’s a 30-page [edit: added new sections, so now it’s] 35-page workbook, “Independent Shadow Work Cartomancy Session.” You’ll get it as either a DOCX or PDF file. In your email to me, let me know your preference.

09/01/16 Update: Okay, sorry but the “email me and I’ll send as attachment” routine was a bad idea. This post went up, I went to bed, I woke up, checked email, and it was bombarded with boldfaced emails for as far as the finger could scroll. Eeps. So we’re not doing that anymore. Instead, the honor system. Please register using my affiliate link and as my thank you gift to you, download the “Independent Shadow Work Cartomancy Session” workbook below. Choose between PDF or DOCX, or heck, download both if you really want.

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DOCX | Shadow Work Session with the Cards

PDF | Shadow Work Session with the Cards

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So register, mark September 14 through 18 in your calendar, and email me to [edit: see above links for direct download] get your free “Independent Shadow Work Cartomancy Session” workbook. It’s a 30-page 35-page, 1-2 hour guided tarot or oracle card reading and shadow work session you do for yourself, the results of which, I have to imagine, are going to be provocative.

See you at the summit!

The Mary-el Tarot: My Personal Reading Deck

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It’s perplexing that I would take so long to acquire the Mary-el Tarot but it did, just over 2 years from its publication date (February, 2012) by Schiffer Publishing. Now that I have it, I’m even more perplexed at myself for the delay. I’ve been hearing about it here and there, reading reviews, seeing vlogs about it, and even articles in various tarot publications.

Get this deck. No wishy-washy preceding terms like “consider…” or “perhaps you might like…” or “I personally suggest…”– No. Get this deck. You should get this deck. Unless, of course, you only like paintings of pastel rainbows and pretty little kittens and unicorns, absolutely cannot tolerate nudity for whatever reason, or you can only use the straightforward Rider-Waite tradition or you can only use the Marseille or you can only use the Thoth. If any of those are true about you, then yeah, forget it. Stick with what you know. Otherwise, Get. This. Deck.

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The card dimensions are 3.36″ x 5.5″ so they are a touch on the large side, but good thing, because I want to see the artwork. The one thing I dislike is the finish. It’s glossy and laminated, which I don’t like in tarot cards. It’s also an unusually thick card stock, rendering it difficult to shuffle. For that reason, I wouldn’t use Mary-el for professional or public readings. This is going to be one of those decks I won’t want others touching.

Though there is notable influence from all three of the main tarot traditions (Marseille, RWS, and Thoth), the Mary-el tarot is very Thoth, except it’s better than the Thoth tarot.

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