Student: Rabbi, why is it that God hasn’t answered my prayer? I pray and I pray every day with perfect faithfulness, but after all this time, I still have not received an answer. I don’t know what else to do.
Rabbi: What do you mean God hasn’t answered your prayer? Of course he has! Obviously, the answer is “No”. Try praying for something else.
Two days ago I submitted my most recent pieces to an online art gallery for representation. I tried to tell myself it wouldn’t matter whether I was accepted or not. The act of stepping out of my comfort zone was more important than the actual outcome. Well, it turned out the answer was indeed “no”. No explanation was offered, just the standard, “after carefully reviewing your application, we have decided not to show your work, good luck, blah blah blah.”. So… sad face. I had a few minutes of irritation, taking offense, all that ego stuff bubbling up. My inner sailor made an appearance with colorful language. What was that all about? So much for being non-attached to outcome! But at the end of the day, these things are relatively minor, so I let it go. And often, when we don’t get what we want, it turns out that the reason is because there are better things available than what we asked for anyway. So when I got these two cards this morning, what came through was a message from the Helper Beings beyond.
A Message from Six of Pentacles and King of Swords
We’re proud of you for following through on your plan to share your work with the world. Well done! Now, here’s what we want you to know about this particular gallery declining to show your work.
To learn how to flow through your life without drama, you must first understand about the giving and receiving of energy. Think of your energy as a boomerang. You send something out from one of the chakras of the human you live in. That something flows away from you toward the energy you are looking to change in some way. Often, you do this unconsciously. It goes into the ether according to the trajectory you’ve set for it. Indeed, it was you alone who set the thing in motion, because you have Free Will: the most important power you hold as Spirit living a life in human form. But once you’ve released that energy, it no longer belongs to you, at least not during the time you’re not holding it. Once it’s “out there”, many other freewill decisions must be made, until the energy returns to you in a different form.
As the Six of Pentacles, we’re showing you the power of sharing without expectation of return. Notice how the two figures at the bottom of the card are in the position of supplicants. For whatever reason, they’ve lost their connection to their own energies. Humbled and desperate, they’re dependent now on the kindness of the figure above them for their own basic needs to be met. Lucky for them, this person does understand the balance of energy. See how he’s holding a balancing scale in his hand. From the right hand, he’s sharing what he has with others. With the left hand, he’s keeping the scale in perfect balance. He doesn’t expect a return on his investment, and he doesn’t need one, because he knows how to keep his own books balanced. He simply wants to help, because it feels good to him knowing that he has the ability to do so.
As the King of Swords, we’re showing you that when you depend on the kindness of others to feed your own happiness, you’re barking up the wrong tree! The King of Swords wants you instead to learn how to run the energy that feels good to you, and know that it will return to you in perfect form, at the perfect time. So you want to paint? Then do that! You want to write a book? Do energy healing? Learn to do those things, and then do them with an open heart. You’re not going to do everything perfectly, and you’re never going to find happiness through the actions of others. You’ll only ever find it within yourself, by being yourself in your own energy. You’ll certainly never get any warm fuzzy feelings from me. I’m just not that kind of guy, sorry. I’m the guy you go to when you want a fair and logical solution to a problem. I’m not a shoulder to cry on. I’m here to tell you to get over yourself. When you try to get energy from me, you’re skating dangerously close to… wait for it…
Ew!! You don’t want to be in codependent energy any longer, do you? So the next time you send out one of your boomerangs, do it without expecting it to come back in a particular form. Let it float out there for awhile, gathering momentum. If it comes back in a way you don’t like, ask yourself what energy it came from when you sent it out in the first place. Make changes if necessary, then send it out again. This way you will always operate from an energy of perfect love and perfect trust. Therefore, that’s what will come back to you.
I hope this is helpful to someone else out there who’s struggling with the flow of energy in their life. Meanwhile, I’m gonna rock out a bit to this, and start a new painting. Because it’s what I need.
Love and Light,