Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Clinging, from the Tao Oracle, by Ma Deva Padma
The Clinging: “The message here is to consider the qualities of fire and its dual nature: on the one hand it provides warmth and illumination that disperses darkness, revealing the hidden, and on the other hand it is capable of ruthless destruction. It defines, brings clarity, is brilliant and beautiful, and can be utterly enchanting or alternatively can be all consuming, difficult, and voracious in its appetites.
The climate usually associated with fire is bright, hot, and passionate. Yet in some instances it can be experienced as cool and passionately dispassionate. It is dangerous in its apparent ability to mesmerize while it is consuming, to the point where the consumed is eliminated, devoured by its own attraction like the moth in the flame. And just like that hypnotized moth, we humans will even put our lives at stake to participate, even briefly, in a moment of glory. If passion is strong enough we will fight aggressively to defend our beliefs in spite of the havoc those beliefs might unleash.
To harness the powerful transformative quality of fire requires maturity, and maturity doesn’t happen overnight; it develops at a slow and deliberate pace, sometimes requiring that we get burned in the process. A fiery temperament prefers to leap now and deal with the consequences later, and it is simply childish to blame fate for what you attract when your actions are ruled by impulsiveness. Passionately surrendering one’s own cautious instincts can be in the service of anything – a person, place, object or point of view and is bound to be transformative in some form or other. Surrendering to an all-consuming passion virtually guarantees we will emerge from the experience irrevocably changed from how we entered it. Once a longing is powerful enough, and it seems impossible to withdraw, we’ve already taken the first steps into the fire. What’s more, even if we could we wouldn’t turn back.
In some instances, to deny a fascination can be deeply troubling. Blinded by ‘the light’ of what seems to be our destiny, we can rush headlong into danger, driven by an inexplicable longing, only to wake up dazed and distraught later on. But with awareness, such experiences can be recognized as invaluable in that they help to clarify our acts and motivations. Awareness makes it possible to appreciate, not simply to endure, the process of regeneration.
If you feel as though you are standing in fire now, respect its capacity to cleanse and purify as it burns off whatever has become extraneous and burdensome in your life. This will help you to appreciate what is happening rather than resist it. Remember, too, that life is not out to destroy you, but is working continuously to support your growth and, ultimately, your self-realization.
Once this time has passed, you will have a new respect and appreciation for the uncomplicated and simple things in life. Ultimately it all boils down to your inner perspective, whether you become bitter and burned out by an experience, or take it in stride and appreciate how it has helped you to grow, revitalizing your life in the process.”*
~ By Ma Deva Padma
There is a feeling here that maybe it wasn’t as easy to let go as we would have liked. There was resistance, hesitation, stubbornness. So, in comes the fire. Burning and shifting and changing, like it or not. Fire is raging here, out of our control. Change is in motion, things are happening. Do not go into victim mode, see it for what it is. See the cleansing, the clearing away. See the purification and the clearing of the slate. Know that it will be followed with opportunity, growth and rebirth. Let it reignite your passion and zest for life.
Resistance is futile! The momentum is such that there is no stopping it now, it has begun and will continue to shift and change until it is done and the change is complete. Tempers may flare. There may be conflict to deal with. Do not get dragged into the drama, but instead rise above it. Gain a new perspective and accept the change as it happens. Be a part of it, embrace it, receive it. Dare to love it.
Gather your strength and your resources and know that your rebirth is up to you to direct. Know that you have full responsibility for creating what comes next. The people will come, the opportunities will come. You get to choose who goes and who stays. You get to choose which doors open and which remain closed. This is your masterpiece, your creation; your ultimate manifestation.
What will come after the fire?