This Angel Card Reading comes from the Ascended Master Oracle Card deck by Doreen Virtue, PhD. With all the chaos in the world, the Ascended Masters are urging each of us to do whatever we can to help calm it. Three cards were chosen from the top of the deck. They are: 1) Nurture Yourself; 2) Listen; and 3) Choose Peace. Let’s look at how each of these cards can contribute to the world in a positive way.
Nurture Yourself: Mother Mary
Doreen says, “You’ve drawn this card because you need to nurture yourself. This means taking good care of your body through sleep, detoxification, and exercise. It also means taking care of your needs as you would for others. To have more energy, abundance, peace, purpose, and everything that you desire, nurture yourself.” [p.54]
Nurturing yourself keeps you in balance. You are able to face whatever life brings you with objectivity and compassion because you understand what a positive perspective can accomplish. You know life brings lessons to help with your growth, so you accept what comes along, looking to reap the benefits. The more you nurture yourself, the more effective you become in making a difference in the lives of others.
Although you influence others who are in close proximity to you, that effect has far-ranging consequences. However you behave has consequences for everyone else in the world. It is subtle for the most part, but one person’s behavior impacts each of us in the world energetically. So, taking care of and nurturing yourself is a very important way for you to contribute to the world.
Mother Mary is the beloved mother of Jesus, who is renowned for her purity and compassion. Mary helps children (including our inner children) and caretakers of children.
Doreen tells us, “You can hear your Divine guidance best by quieting yourself and listening. Shut out noisy stimulation like telephones and television, and relax in a quiet place. Don’t try to make anything happen. Just listen to your own thoughts, breath, and rhythm of your heart. Then mentally ask questions of your guides and angels. Listen to the loving truth they speak in your heart, body and mind. Listen to your own inner truths. Trust your intuition and act accordingly.” [p.48]
Divine guidance is moral guidance. Not only do you take care of yourself when you listen to Divine guidance, but you also show respect for others in doing so. Each of you has your own unique perspective on life and how to live it; how to treat others and how you want to be treated. Imposing your will on others without respectfully listening to their needs and wants causes resentment, resistance, and distrust. It becomes the basis for discord in relationships, families, communities, countries, and the world.
Listening is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “to hear something with thoughtful attention; give consideration.” True listening is not simply hearing the words another says, but attempting to understand them as well. In addition, that understanding holds the possibility of assisting another to achieve what is needed. Good listening validates the other. Someone who listens well has put their ego aside and shows attention to, and possibly concern for the speaker. . It is at the basis for harmonious relationships on all levels. Good listening is another way you can contribute to the world in a positive manner.
Manjushri is a Buddhist deity of wisdom who holds a sword to cut through illusions and bring about clarity and understanding. Call upon Manjushri for help with understanding Divine messages, and to increase your receptivity to Divine intelligence and wisdom.
Choose Peace: Paramahansa Yogananda
Doreen shares this advice: “In [every] situation, choose the path of peace. As you think about your various options and possible outcomes, which brings the greatest feeling of peace to your body and mind? This is your answer.
Peace contains an absence of ego. A person in peace has respect for the self as well as all others. Even though others have different beliefs, they are accepted as valid for the person holding them. One person is not better than another, just different. Freedom to live one’s life through acceptance and non-judgment is a right everyone holds.
Paramahansa Yogananda is the beloved author of Autobiography of a Yogi who popularized yoga and meditation in the West. Yogananda’s books and teachings emphasize the oneness of all spiritual and religious paths, and focus upon developing a deep love connection with God.
Presently, there is a great deal of intolerance, judgment, competition, anger, prejudice, and fear in the world. It seems difficult for some nations, societies, neighbors, families, and individuals to put aside their differences. When each does their part to put their ego aside to find common solutions to problems, peace has a better chance to take hold. However, it takes everyone doing their part. It takes everyone wanting to achieve this goal and making choices that lead there. That means nurturing yourself, so you are a well balanced individual. It includes good listening skills and a willingness to compromise. And it means making a deliberate choice to choose peace in your life. When you do these things, you contribute to the world in a meaningful way. Adonai.