The Card of the Day: The Ten of Swords
“To surrender fear you must first face it.”
Help! The Ten of Swords looks scary! Are we all going to die?!
Absolutely not! The Tarot has done it again, using potent symbolism to get us to wake up and pay attention to something very important.
The man on the card is face down. All the swords are in his back. Whatever "got him" was chasing him from behind. He was running away. The swords in his back symbolize his irrational fears. They finally caught up with him. But look closer. In his last moment he finally learned to surrender fear. This is symbolized by his right hand opening to Spirit.
What fears are you constantly trying to keep ahead of? Is your day filled with thoughts of terrible things that might happen? Do you try to just "keep busy" so you don't have to face the source of your unease?
Ignoring fear is the same as running from it. It's still there. Lurking about as usual. Often the thing we fear (horrible illnesses, death, poverty, loss) is a distraction from going deeper and listening to our inner spirit. Spirit/God/the Universe/our Higher Power does not want suffering for us. But the only way to be free from needless suffering is to surrender.
In order to surrender the fear however, you must first turn around and face it. It may be ugly or startling like the image on the card, but by looking at it you ensure it doesn’t have the power to chase you anymore. You aren't surrendering "to" fear. You are surrendering "the" fear. Surrender the fear by actually seeing and feeling it head on. Look squarely in its eyes. There is a huge psychological shift that occurs when you stop running from fears. You transform from passive victim waiting for the next calamity, to a proactive, courageous and empowered individual who is in charge and in control. In this stance of power you can make miraculous changes, and get to the wonderful parts of life (like making your goals manifest).
Today, if fear comes from behind, turn around and face it. Tell it, "I'm not running from you today." Give yourself five minutes to feel all the scary things fear is trying spook you with. Set your phone timer. When the alarm goes off, that's it. Surrender the fear. Let it go and enjoy something about being alive at this moment. Focus on the colors around you. Witness something beautiful. Fear is like the dog that chases the car. When the car stops, the dog doesn't know what to do.
A wise teacher of mine, Nancy Retzlaff, used to have a saying on her dresser that she looked at every morning:
"This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I won't need any of your help so enjoy your day."
Enjoy your day!