Mon Mar 22
I found this interesting deck of “Power Thought” cards for $1 at the thrift store so I grabbed them for daily readings.
They’re by Louise Hay so they are certainly a tool for spiritual bypassing if not used consciously. I try to use found materials like this as a way to deepen my understanding of the “white savior healing industrial complex” that appropriates and profits from the traditional rutuals, practices, and work of marginalized peoples.
The name of the cards themselves teeters on love and light messaging. Power thoughts are but one ingredient in the recipe for change. There must also be awareness, accountability, and action. Otherwise, our quest to gain and maintain power only supports and upholds existing oppressive cultural structures.
That being said, affirmations can be an effective tool for self reflection, growth, and love. They help us change our internal dialogue, not by ignoring troubling thoughts but creating equally powerful positive ones to help us endure the long struggle for social change.
Today’s cards feature the Page of Cups (Apprentice of Raindrops in the Prism Tarot) paired with the phrase, “there is no blame.”
This card combo questions the value of blaming anyone, self or other, for emotional pain or loss.
I think there is great value in naming those who have hurt us. This is accountability, or holding others responsible for the harm they have done, consciously or not.
The question becomes, how helpful to you is carrying the anger attached to that pain? Is it fueling you or holding you back? Do you want to forgive or are you still exploring the actual trauma and deciding how you feel? There is no right or wrong answer, only the opportunity for spiritual growth and understanding. But without examination of our own motivations, removing blame can steer us away from the accountability necessary for change.
Deck: Prism Tarot by @shopthe8thhouse and Power Thought Cards