Four of Swords

Four of Swords
A figure lays in quiet repose in a place of sanctuary

Once we’ve set an intention on what we wish to manifest we must then apply efforts toward bringing our desired outcome to fruition. What if we exercise great diligence in making our desires a reality yet we fail to see them manifested?

Sometimes we will approach the application of our energies like a blunt object. We will charge forth, repeatedly bashing into the locked door with a battering ram with the belief that it will eventually give way to our force. There may be a possibility that this is the appropriate tactic in breaking through to our desired outcome, but the odds may be just as great that we will incur some sort of injury in the process.

In most cases, sheer force or unyielding diligence is not enough to surpass the obstacles we encounter. Most obstacles require a multi-pronged approach. While force-of-will may be a component in our applications, it may also require calculation and careful deliberation to understand how to most effectively navigate our challenge.

While in the throws of forcing our way through the barriers we often get swept up in the momentum such force requires. This is when a respite is absolutely essential. The greatest challenge in convincing ourselves to cease and simply take a break is having to counter the feeling that if we stop moving we are failing to make progress. We fear that if we experience a moment of stillness we will lose all our momentum and will succumb to resignation.

The benefit provided to us in taking a reprieve is that it quiets the intensity of the pursuit of accomplishment, a pursuit which will invariably become damagingly exhaustive. In that quiet space we become open to recognizing other avenues toward achieving our goals, avenues that are less exhaustive and more direct. It also allows us to regenerate, to replenish the reserves we exhausted in taking too aggressive of an approach. The irony is that a well planned respite will get us closer to our goal much more efficiently than if we simply attempt to put our heads down and push through far beyond the point of exhaustion.


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David Dear

David Dear suddenly became interested in the exploration of metaphysics shortly after the Harmonic Convergence of 1987. Over the next 25 years he became proficient in reading Tarot and astrological natal charts, learned past life regression and Thought Field Therapy, and became attuned in Chios and is a Usui Reiki master. David has the innate ability to perceive aspects of reality on a multidimensional level and is naturally telepathic. He has a bachelor's degree in metaphysical theology and is an ordained metaphysical minister and licensed metaphysical practitioner. David currently lives in Tacoma, Washington with his wife/best friend, two dogs and one cat.

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