Friday, July 17, 2009

Just What Makes That Little Ol' Ant...

Today I pulled the Ant card from the Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals deck, by Jamie Sams & David Carson, Illustrations by Angela Werneke and published by St. Martin's Press.

When I see an ant crawling across the ground, it is usually carrying something that is five times bigger than he is. I'm amazed at how hard these creatures work.

But is it really about working hard? My yoga instructor said instead of working hard, why not work easy...that is, apply diligence and effort AND let it flow with ease at the same time. Sounds like an irony to me...and yet, somewhere in my heart, I know it is possible. It's like the saying, "Do what you can and let G*d do the rest."

In the Medicine Cards book it says if Ant has meandered into your life today,
" is time to show a little trust and patience in some life situation. You may have forgotten that you will always receive that which you need, at the time you need it most."
I am doing just that as I contemplate a couple of new directions in my work. My question revolves around how best to use the writing I've accumulated through almost two years of creating a weekly coaching column which is published in two Colorado newspapers (Grand Junction Free Press and the Vail Daily if you'd like to check them out). Should I syndicate, write a book, create a journal, etc?

What would the ant do to work easy and apply effort, yet be patient and allow flow. I will meditate and pull a couple of tarot cards for answers...and then, like the ant, I will apply effort, work easy...and wait with patience.

Look at the place in your life right now where you have been looking for direction. How can you use the message from the ant to know that you want change and have the patience of an ant to know that the answers will appear, just when you need them most. Ant encourages you to work easy and walk forward with faith.


Furrow said...

Hmm. This is a very good meditation for me today. As I wait to find out whether or not I'm pregnant this month, I keep telling myself not to think about it. But what happens? I keep thinking about it. It's making it very hard to get anything else done. If I could find some trust and patience and just get on with the rest of my life, I'd be much better off.

Lori Lavender Luz said...

Hmmmm. I am currently on a camping trip and I am battling all sorts of ants and other annoying creatures. I suppose this would be a good time to go with the flow. Watch and learn.

And listen to nature.

Good luck with your own decision. I know you have a destiny to fulfill.

Phoebe said...

I used to use this deck years ago. I find it interesting how you use card decks as oracles. I have a deck I am using now that seems to really work for me. It's the Magical Messages from the Fairies deck (Doreen Virtue). I know it sounds corny, but this deck really works for me. Plus I love the artwork.

BTW, I read your sister's blog and live near her!

Kristin said...

Unfortunately, I'm fighting the d*mned sugar ants we get around this time of year. I'm battling a migraine right now so I can't think clearly enough to apply it to my own life.