Wednesday, 2 January 2019
"Loving Words From Jesus" by Doreen Virtue...
I'm not one for taking on too many tarot or oracle decks, but seeing as Jesus is a heavy presence in my spiritual practice, and seeing as I get fascinating reactions to religious icons when I go into churches, I thought I should shell out and grab this deck, which kept catching my eye.
This is less an oracle deck than it is a meditations deck, it features quotes from the New Testament spoken by Christ. But I thought that with my channeling method it would work well for me, so I bought them for that purpose, when consulting Christ through channel for advice and answers. A very simple format, there are paintings of a gentler (if a little caucasian looking) Jesus, rather than any kind of crucifixion brutality or anything like that. This is kind of a friendly, "New Age" Jesus... the art is good, and only slightly like one of those 'Awake!' Jehovah's Witnesses magazines in some ways.
Perhaps I am drawn to Catholicism (and possibly would have been drawn to Orthodox too, if I knew enough about that denomination) because of my reactions to icons, and also because I feel icons are excellent tools for concentration when praying, contemplating, channeling, and meditating. I don't get the idolatry complaint angle at all - different ways of worship for different types of thinkers, that's what I feel. It's not just that Catholicism looks "pretty", the methods of adoration seem intuitive to me, the way I am as a person. Even when I light or blow out a candle on my shrine, I instinctually gesture a cross in the air, and bow. It's just what I'm drawn to do. My Anglican Druid friend insists High Anglicanism/Anglo-Catholic is close enough, and I often really feel I should explore my birth church, but I just don't feel the draw quite yet. That could change with time. I am sick of hearing about church scandals from the Roman Catholics all the time, that really bothers me.
Some more developments with my progress are upon me, but perhaps I should leave them until I am more certain of things, then I may launch into it on here. Some newer symbols in automatic drawing include a staircase, and a key. I am assuming those are symbols of Heaven? We shall see!