After we adjust to the expectations and responsibilities of power we enter a space of deep abundance. It is here that all the ancestral healing, difficult decisions, creative processing, hard work, humility, charity, introspection, and the careful exercise of influence lands us in a special place where the air tastes delicious. We realize our lives are inherently filled with meaning from the very first breath. Here we stop, look around, throw our heads back and laugh. The stresses, anxieties, and pain fall away in the beauty of the garden, which has always surrounded us. It is here we realize that the point of it all is joyful simplicity. It is here we grow the eyes to see the beauty in every moment and so the moments collapse upon each other in the bliss of having followed one’s heart into the center of things. The nine of Stones takes us deep into the surrender of all the beauty and abundance that surrounds us at any given moment. It is easy to think of this as a linear achievement but this state is available at any time, no matter our outward circumstances. With Grace, we can find ourselves in the garden at any moment so long as we can open our eyes and truly see the magnificence of our Mother’s body. And at this point there is no reason to continue to seek, search, and pursue. At this point we allow. We allow the wisdom and abundance to shelter us. We are in the flow, open to divine suggestion, and move with a sense of surety, confidence, and the absolute trust that we are, and always have been, led.
Consider the following words: belief, trust, faith, hope, know. They are similar but have subtle differences. Which is the strongest word? Which one has the most variability? Which speaks to your heart and which has less conviction?
What does it mean to “return to the garden?” Consider the Eden story from Genesis. The Garden is a magnificent place in which nature is aligned with humans to provide for all their needs without struggle and strife. What did it mean for humanity to “fall?” Is it possible the garden has been here all along and we are only locked out of it from our own ignorance and fears? What happens if we stop struggling and allow the Garden to nourish us again?
Have you ever experienced being in a state of “flow?” What does it feel like? Some people experience a “runner’s high,” which is an exercise-produced endorphin flooded state of bliss. Others experience such a state through mystical prayer, meditation, yoga-practices, and lovemaking. Still others achieve such a state of flow through creative process, labors of love, and work. Have you ever touched such a state of infinity? How often? Do you have a way of getting to that place regularly?
Consider the word grace. What does it mean to you? Look at the etymology, use in various religious traditions, and the good old dictionary translation. Now consider grace as a state in which meditation (listening) and prayer (speaking) blend into one space. Shut off your mind and allow that state to fill you for a few moments each day. This is a way back to the garden.
When the nine of Stones enters your spread take a deep breath, knowing you have achieved a space of Allowingness, which infuses your spaces. Recognize you have been, are being, and will continue to be led by the call of your Soul’s voice. Look around and see the beauty that surrounds you. Take a walk into the woods, play in the garden, allow Nature to support you. This is the Garden.
© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston