Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Thimble In the Rain

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.
— Eileen Caddy

Welcome back. I hope you’ve been feeding your Artist Self many kinds of sensual treats, and finding a more sustainable way to fold reading into your life without it upstaging your own creative voice. Today, we begin again, as we take up the next chapter on our Artist’s Way journey. In this portion, we will be “Recovering a Sense of Possibility.

One of the biggest barriers blocking our creativity is our limited view of what is possible for us. As Julia says over and over, creativity is a spiritual issue. “Any progress is made by leaps of faith, some small and some large.”

But if we believe that the voice of the creator inside us is directing us to crazy or impossible goals, we discount it (and ourselves). She describes the bind we find ourselves in. “On the one hand, we take ourselves very seriously and don’t want to look like idiots pursuing some patently grandiose scheme. On the other hand, we don’t take ourselves – or Goddess – seriously enough and so we define as grandiose many schemes that, with Her help, may fall well within our grasp.”

Our fear comes, not from there not being enough, but from our failing to open up enough to receive the incredible bounty that is available. When I give my readings, I always carry a thimble to share with my clients. It is a reminder that when we are feeling pinched, dusty dry, frightened of not enough, it may be because we are trying to quench our thirst by holding out a thimble in a rainstorm.

When we remember that the Source is our guide, our nurturer, and is our own Divine Self, we realize that our potential is literally unlimited. But we mostly forget this, and have some kind of spiritual amnesia about how powerful the Creator is. “We draw very limited amounts of the power available to us,” she writes. “We decide how powerful the Goddess is for us. We unconsciously set a limit on how much She can give us or help us. We are stingy with ourselves. And if we receive a gift that is beyond our imagining, we often send it back.”

Sounds like it should be easy then, doesn’t it? As Julia notes, “Some of you may be thinking that this sounds like the magic wand chapter: I pray and presto!”

Of course many of us reading this have no problem using our magic wands – we do it all the time. Actually, instead of our lovely magic wands, this is the chapter that may remind us of a book (and cultural phenomenon) that appeared several years after The Artist’s Way was published. What we’ll be discussing in this chapter may smack suspiciously of The Secret, a book that mostly gives me the shudders.

More about this tomorrow!

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  • June 9, 2009, 10:20 am joanna brightbrook

    this post dovetails in a lovely way with the Magician card!

  • June 9, 2009, 5:15 pm Anonymous

    I began a few years ago to sing to the sky Goddess as I would walk into work about praise for the blessings I'd received and gratitude. I was being challenged then by Pluto crossing my Mars in Sag and moving into my 8th house which brought up fear and self loathing. then BOOM!
    My perfect partner showed up and we opened a business. A year later, my partner gave notice and I chose to stay open against the doom and gloom of economy, then BAM! i got a contract that has brought my business back from the brink. Lifting my eyes and voice to the sky each day really gave me a sense of connection. Reiki I & II came into my life, too!

  • June 10, 2009, 6:55 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Joanna — I thought so too! Isn't it wonderful how synchronicity can start to move in wondrous ways?

    And "anonymous" — wow! How truly magical! I call myself a Priestess of Enchantment and Transformation specifically because I believe with all my heart that singing/chanting our prayers to the Sky, to the Earth, to the Mysterious Ones and Beloveds will radically transform our lives. I have seen it many times, and you, yourself are a living example!

    Even such a powerful astrological crossroads has the potential for deep healing, especially when we sing our gratitude and praise out into the ethers.

    Thanks so much for sharing your powerful wisdom with us!
    – Beth