Using the Tarot for Creativity and Empowerment

The Artist’s Way & Tarot: Core Negative Beliefs

The Artist's Way book cover

Last time, we talked about how our environment may have led us to feel blocked or otherwise ignore our creative callings. In addition, Julia says that many of us have some negative ideas about what could happen if we did take the steps to explore our creativity and even end up becoming successful (gasp!). These are beliefs that we’ve internalized, perhaps because of our upbringing, our culture, our naysayer friends or what we have seen and heard in the media.

What are some of these beliefs?

Below are just a few of the beliefs that Julia lists:

  1. Everyone will hate me.
  2. I will hurt my friends and family.
  3. I will go crazy.
  4. I will abandon my friends and family.
  5. I can’t spell
  6. I don’t have good enough ideas.
  7. I will do bad work and not know it and look like a fool (I can relate to this one!)
  8. I will never have any real money
  9. My lover will leave me
  10. I will get self-destructive and drink, drug, or sex myself to death.
  11. I will feel bad because I don’t deserve to be successful.
  12. I will die.
  13. I will only have one good piece of work in me.
  14. It’s too late. If I haven’t become a fully functioning artist yet, I never will.

Negative Beliefs for Tarot Readers

As potential tarot readers, I can add a couple more:

  1. People will think we’re weird.
  2. I will feel embarrassed.
  3. People will avoid me.
  4.  I’ll always be in a state of poverty.
  5. People will not take my work seriously.
  6. People will hate me.
  7. People will think I’m evil.
  8. Can you think of any other ones?

But are they true?

The point to remember here is: NONE OF THESE CORE NEGATIVES NEED BE TRUE. Julia said it and I heartily agree. Julia says:

These are beliefs that come to us from our parents, our religion, our culture, and our fearful friends. Each one of these beliefs reflects notions we have about what it means to be an artist.

So what can we do to begin eliminating them? We need to confront them. We need to recognize that they are just beliefs and not facts. Yes, even the ones relating to tarot! These core negative beliefs keep us scared, embarrassed, attack our vulnerabilities and make us afraid to venture into new territory.

Our Ally

Luckily, we do have an ally to help us combat negative beliefs: Affirmations.

Now before you roll your eyes and thing of this tool as “new agey” or hokey, let me say that affirmations do work.

I have incorporated them into my own personal tarot and Reiki practice and the results with clients have been encouraging, if not amazing. First of all, let’s define what an affirmation is. An affirmation is a positive statement of belief that we say repeatedly to ourselves with the goal of changing negative or unproductive thought patterns.

Julia says that affirmations help achieve a sense of safety and hope and my personal experience has shown that they can radically change negative thoughts into positive ones. They can motivate. They can improve self-worth and self-esteem.

An affirmation never contains “no” words such as no or not. For example, instead of saying: “I am not afraid”, we might say “I am fearless and proud of my work.”

Here a few examples of creative affirmations to give you an idea:

“I am a talented and brilliant writer.
“I am a confident tarot reader and my clients love me.”
“I am a competent and successful tarot reader.”
“I am a brilliant musician.”

Below are some that Julia uses:

My creativity heals myself and others.”
Through the use of a few simple tools, my creativity will flourish”
“I am willing to use my creative talents”
“As I listen to the creator within, I am led.”
“I am willing to create.”

So you get the idea. If you use affirmations regularly, you will be amazed at how positive trains of thought begin to replace the negative ones.

So your task is to begin working with your affirmations right after the morning pages (you are doing your daily morning pages, right?). Feel free to use the ones above or consult the list in the book.

In the next post, we begin working on the tasks for this first week.

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