Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I have talked about the Osho Zen Tarot cards before. We actually use this deck of cards as a team building exercise in my office. Today, I participated in a monthly off-site managers meeting and (at the request of one of my colleagues) I brought the zen cards to share with the group. Everyone pulled a card, some had very intriguing ones and that resulted in some provocative questions. ( That's the point of the exercise really, to have your brain focus in on something you may or may not be ready to address.)

My card today, could not be any better. it was the SUCCESS card. That's where I am headed! and it feels good.....

Here's what the card means according to the Zen Tarot book:

Watch the waves in the ocean. The higher the wave goes, the deeper is the wake that follows it. One moment you are the wave, another moment you are the hollow wake that follows. Enjoy both--don't get addicted to one. Don't say: I would always like to be on the peak. It is not possible. Simply see the fact: it is not possible. It has never happened and it will never happen. It is simply impossible--not in the nature of things. Then what to do? Enjoy the peak while it lasts and then enjoy the valley when it comes. What is wrong with the valley? What is wrong with being low? It is a relaxation. A peak is an excitement, and nobody can exist continuously in an excitement.

Returning to the Source Chapter 4


This character is obviously "on top of the world" right now, and the whole world is celebrating his success with a ticker-tape parade! Because of your willingness to accept the recent challenges of life, you are now - or you soon will be - enjoying a wonderful ride on the tiger of success. Welcome it, enjoy it, and share your joy with others - and remember that all bright parades have a beginning and an end.

If you keep this in mind, and squeeze every drop of juice out of the happiness you are experiencing now, you will be able to take the future as it comes without regrets. But don't be tempted to try to hold on to this abundant moment, or coat it in plastic so that it lasts forever. The greatest wisdom to keep in mind with all the phenomena in the parade of your life, whether they be valleys or peaks, is that "this too will pass."

Celebrate, yes, and keep on riding the tiger.

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