As noted before the Nine of Swords is seen by some as the card of anxiety and nightmares. It’s appearance this morning prompted me to consider what is at the root of many of our most crippling anxieties and insecurities – shame.
Ben-Dov has this one as defeating a superior force through courage and purity of intention. Imperfect means serve a higher purpose.
My mother used to say “God often uses a crooked stick.” I think that what she meant is that we shouldn’t reject the good that we ourselves (or others) do merely because we are not perfect.
My friend Hodge once said “We are skin sacks full of organic soup, propped up with calcium sticks. It is a pitiful shame to teach such a critter self-loathing.”
If we are to overcome anxiety, we must practice the calming of our minds. It is in the certain knowledge that we are imperfect temporal expressions of the perfect eternal spirit that we find freedom, purpose and peace.