The Hermit – Introspection

Introspection, Guiding Light, Looking Deep Within Yourself

Introspection Introspection is the self-observation and reporting of our conscious inner thoughts, desires and sensations.  It is a conscious mental and usually purposive process relying on thinking, reasoning and examining one’s own thoughts, feelings, and, in more spiritual cases, one’s soul.  It can also be called contemplation of one’s self, and is contrasted with extrospection, the observation of things external to one’s self.  Introspection may be used synonymously with and in a similar way to self-reflection. We all have baggage we carry, its like travelling with a suitcase around the world – we would be forgiven for keeping something as a reminder from each place we had visited. Sometimes we get the objects out to look at or just to remind us of a distant memory of feeling, or sometimes we keep it hidden away, but we know its there, even bad experiences leave a resonance on our journey and we gather an object to remind us of how well we coped and overcame the challenge illustrating our growth along the way.Life is like that, we live, we collect emotions and sometimes we fall into behaviours that are basically what we have “collected”.The essence is not to judge yourself when you self observe the behaviour, as it is not there to be “fixed” as there is no real fix for the wide gamut of emotions and personality types however, we have to find forgiveness for everything about us, once we recognise, we feel shame but then we own it and that is the transformation in the inner world, to accept everything about ourselves no matter how it offends our pride or vanity in so doing, we are more open and more readily accept others.We are all the same – each “one million different people from one day to the next” so if someone points out an aspect of your personality that you find you are reacting to in a way that does not make you feel good – ie your pride – just see it coming and let it go like a wave, We are all these things too and one man is no different from anotherThe minute you make yourself different you will suffer, so see, accept and forgive yourself of all your character defects as they are the side of us that makes us human which without we would not actually be real or live an existence in which we actually feel. The inner judgment of ourselves will have a domino effect in our interactions with others as the judgment will then pass to everything and everyone creating a degree of fragmentation in our lives that is un-necessary and contrary to wholeness and feeling grounded and centred. In Tarot self awareness is represented by The Hermit as he takes the time out from life and its aims to analyse and quantify the life compass, Also the Hanged Man represents acceptance and sacrifice of all the attachments to which ego ties us, The Devil represents the ties ego creates and the negative outcomes from feeding the tiger, Temperance is the lessons we are learning especially the patience necessary for growth, Internal conflicts are often represented by the wands as they are fire and passion, our beliefs that steer our course, and of course the world, is the wholeness we aspire to achieve in life, the balance of spirit whilst living in a material world.


~ by Tarot World on August 26, 2011.

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