Daily Draw: 4 of Swords (rev), The Volva

Today’s draw is about going bravely into the dark and dealing with those demons you’ve called up. You invoked them for a reason, so go be a grown-up and deal with that energy. Ask the hard questions, face the things you’ve done wrong, and do what you need to do to make it right. Here’s a thing: in this American culture, we have a tendency to think everything is about and for us–and that cuts in several terribly unhelpful ways. Firstly, we tend to get into an entitlement mindset, like we can (and should) pursue every single idea that pops into our heads and that everybody else in the world exists to help us manifest these ideas (no matter how crazy and unrooted). Secondly, we take everything so personally that when we do something wrong, the process of saying, “Oh, hey, I cocked that up like a motherfucker. Yikes! I’m sorry. Are you able to hear my apology? If not, that’s ok. I’ll wait until you’re in a better space to hear it. Just let me know when you’re ready, and in the meantime I will meditate on what I did wrong and how to avoid doing it in the future, and I will also pursue whatever actions necessary to fix the problem” becomes so daunting and threatening to our well-being that we instead just throw out a breezy “Whoops my bad” and move on, leaving the one we hurt staggering and bleeding, and when they say, “Hey douchebag, get back here!” we feel all butt-hurt and can’t understand why the injured party is being such an asshole. The rest of the world does not exist to make your life easier. If you fuck up, own it and don’t make it someone else’s problem to fix it.

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