“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are”.
Sounds familiar? You’re sure to have come across this expressed in many different ways.
It’s a quote that some may know from the self-help book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Stephen R. Covey, published in 1989. Or perhaps from its earlier use by the French – American female writer, Anaïs Nin in her 1961 work, “Seduction of the Minotaur”.
The origins of this simple but powerful wisdom are unknown but various forms can be found in texts going back some two thousand years. It’s timeless insight may again connect with direct personal relevance from the spread of the tarot cards at a psychic reading. Or by the appearance of one of the more ominous looking images to be found in the tarot pack…
The Hanged Man!
Presenting a calm, serene face to the world
Yep – not really the picture you wanted to see turn up in answer to a question about when the good times are gonna be rolling again! But let’s refer back to: “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are”.
Now let’s consider the image a little more closely and perhaps see how a psychic might interpret it’s meaning…
Despite the grim title, The Hanged Man looks very much alive, not struggling on his gallows! Tethered by just the one ankle he seems almost elegantly suspended like an acrobat, composed, and presenting a calm, serene face to the world. And that leg – so neatly and deliberately crossed at the knee? How might this image relate to you?
Or as we said at the top of the page, what is it about the way you view yourself that colours how you might see this image reflecting back at you with a specific message?
Overthinking everything all the time is not getting you anywhere
Clearly, the image is about suspension – in time and space – but deliberately so. Rendered immobile by a purposeful surrender to oneself. Perhaps, a particular circumstance in your life has reached a point where it’s realised that there is no point in continuing in the same way. If you are constantly battling against a situation that you cannot change, then you must seek a different solution.
Your present situation may have indeed led you to be constantly “hung up” in trying to work through your thoughts. Overthinking everything all the time is not getting you anywhere and you feel stuck, immobile. Yet you battle on because you can’t move on until you have a clear indication of what the future may bring. Which no one can say with absolutely certainty!
Creative processes can suddenly show you a new way of looking
What seems certain is recognising that it’s time for a change! A change of perception of yourself and how you see yourself in the world, and ultimately, to overcome your present situation. You may have indeed reached a “crossroads” in your life – that’s right – The Hanged Man’s “crossed” leg!
The Hanged Man appears calm, still and self-possessed because he has consciously let go! Let go to the unconscious creative processes within that can suddenly show you a new way of looking – a pathway of fresh possibility that you just didn’t believe could exist for you.
If you believe that “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are”, then to change your view of the world – and how your thinking may be blocking your progress – you need to change who you are. By believing that you can change yourself. The confidence to adopt a new way of doing.
But it may take time to work through – and so the message may also be to “take time out” to work on yourself – and let your inner voice speak.
“Nothing to get hung about – tarot readings forever”.