The Burden

The Burden, from the Osho Zen Tarot Card deck, by Osho
The Burden, from the Osho Zen Tarot Card deck, by Osho

Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Burden, from the Osho Zen Tarot Card deck, by Osho

The Burden: “When we carry a load of shoulds and shouldn’ts imposed on us by others we become like this ragged, struggling figure trying to make his way uphill. “Go faster, try harder, reach the top!” shouts the foolish tyrant he carries on his shoulder, while the tyrant himself is crowned with an imperious rooster. If life these days feels like just a struggle from the cradle to the grave, it could be time to shrug your shoulders and see what it feels like to walk without these characters on your back. You have your own mountains to conquer, your own dreams to fulfill, but you will never have the energy to pursue them until you release yourself from all the expectations you have gathered from others but now think are your own. Chances are they exist only in your own mind, but that does not mean that they can’t weigh you down. It is time to lighten up, and send them on their way.

A man’s true life is the way in which he puts off the lie imposed by others on him. Stripped, naked, natural, he is what he is. This is a matter of being, and not of becoming. The lie cannot become the truth, the personality cannot become your Soul. There is no way to make the nonessential the essential. The nonessential remains the nonessential and the essential remains essential, they are not convertible. And striving towards truth is nothing but creating more confusion. The truth has not to be achieved. It cannot be achieved, it is already the case. Only the lie has to be dropped. All aims and ends and ideals and goals and ideologies, religions and systems of improvement and betterment, are lies. Beware of them.

Recognize the fact that, as you are, you are a lie. Manipulated, cultivated by others. Striving after truth is a distraction and a postponement. It is the lie’s way to hide. See the lie, look deep into the lie of your personality. Because to see the lie is to cease to lie. No longer to lie is to seek no more for any truth – there is no need.

The moment the lie disappears, truth is there in all it’s beauty and radiance. In the seeing of the lie it disappears, and what is left is the truth.”*

– Osho

This card isn’t a pretty card. It doesn’t have a fairy or an angel or a unicorn on it. And as much as I love the cards that do, there is a very powerful message here that needs to be heard. I get more clicks when I post pretty pictures, particularly on cards that are associated with prosperity and abundance. And I have to say, of course those beautiful message with their high vibrational messages make my heart soar. But sometimes we just need the straight up truth. And if you are reading this, then you must want some truth too~

So, Who are you? This next step in our journey finds us separating  our ego self and our Soul self. This is the way to find our truth. Our Soul purpose. Our fulfillment. It’s the way to get back on track, simplify our lives and experience joy on our terms. But first, we must hit the eject button on the Burden. Who is your burden? What are you carrying around?

When we acknowledge that our belief systems are learned early on, and that we base our self worth on many of them, we can start to disentangle ourselves from them and finally be set free. We can cut away all that old baggage we have been carrying around. The beliefs that we aren’t worthy, smart, capable, healthy, beautiful or whatever it is that has been holding us back. We can kick that tyrant to the curb and rebuild ourselves.

Beautiful and capable and healthy and wise…

and most importantly…



* Osho Zen Tarot Card deck, by Osho



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    Thank you for these cards. They wan a lot

  2. Thank you I needed this card today my love xx

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