From: "The Medicine Woman Inner Guidebook" by Carol Bridges
Prayer: We have believed that love is to give and we have given it. In faith we always served as best as we knew how. Always, when our bowl was empty, you saw that it was filled once again. Now we are strong in our belief that there is always plenty. We are rich in so many ways. Our love spreads to all we can call our spiritual family. Truly, all who live on Earth are our relatives, for they all give to us and all work together in the greater scheme of life. I offer my friends and relations, my children and all creatures, that which you have given me. I have attained the consciousness of oneness. Our interconnections are clear. Guide me now, all the way home.
Lesson: You are beginning to see your relationship to all things. Everything is consciousness in formation. Each tree and flower is a live, sentient being. Every crawling creature, the swimmers, the flyers, the four-leggeds, and the two leggeds are beings with whom you are in relationship.
You are surrounded by these brothers and sisters who ask you to be involved with them. You are by no means alone. Some are here to serve you in ways you have not yet imagined. You are also here to serve them, perhaps in ways you are just beginning to understand. We live in a cluttered world of things in the present time. Many of the things are dead in the sense in that they have been created without consciousness. They were manufactured without a thought of quality and certainly contain no one's personal energy. These things must steal from you in order to exist. On the other hand, consider a gift handmade by your child or a clay pot made by a tribal craftsperson as the only cooking vessel for her family. These gifts are alive with the consciousness of their creator. They enrich your life every time you look at them.
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In the cluttered world, you have been taught to ignore many things, things that do not serve your purpose. They are "trash." Trash is a concept of the cluttered world of dead things. Even people have been thought of as disposable and forgotten. Some animals have been deemed worthless and killed. Yet the world continues to increase production of dead things, more trash for us to ignore.
You can no longer ignore this waste. The Earth has come alive for you and everything lives. You become friend of the knife that cuts your bread which feeds you. Yuo respect the shovel that digs the hole to plant the grain which is your meal. You feel kindly toward the worm that aerates the soil that feeds the garden that grows your food. And life is suddenly full of friends.
Your bowl is indeed full now. You may want to pass on some of the things you are not currently using--recycle clothes, goods, books--so that you can concentrate on your relationship to those things, animals, and people you really need. Your values have changed.
You are still in the world, but not of the world. The world is a different place to you now. Act to allow yourself time for full relationship with the people and things that most nourish you and with the tools that help you to nourish others.
The boat ride depicted on the nine of Bowls card is a movement awat from the idea of separation and toward the understanding that you are in relationship to all that is. Like any relationship to anyone, it is something to be developed and appreciated. It is a richly active thing. There are no longer dead and meaningless parts of life that burden and encumber you. This is the ride to true family and meaningful life.