These days the idea of an afterlife is derided as either childlike and old-fashioned or downright dangerous. Belief in an afterlife (the story goes) is motivation for religious extremists to commit acts of evil, right?
But what if it’s more than that? In this video I take a walk through the ancient and nearly universal idea in an afterlife.
This is the last weekly T.I. in the month with internal concentration The Book (a.k.a. the Tarot) and external concentration Basic Self-Defense. I guess you could say it’s judgment day.
Judgment Day: Training Involution #103
Are you ready for Judgment Day? Three questions: (1) If there’s a natural disaster or your employer goes belly up and you’re unemployed for a few weeks, it’s a good idea to have some back-up resources. Check your pantry. Do you have at least 1 month of food and water on hand? (2) If you get lost and there’s no gas station around you’ll be sorry if you’re driving on fumes. Go check your vehicle. Do you have at least a quarter tank of gas in the tank? (3) You’re going to feel pretty dumb if your vehicle breaks down and you haven’t been maintaining it. Have you had your oil changed and any other scheduled maintenance done? Count your “No” answers and hike 1 mile for each. Beginners use a #10 pack, intermediate #25, advanced #40+.
Tarot meditation on XX: Judgement. Why do Tarot card manufacturers seem to like the British spelling that includes the letter “e” in the middle? Oh well. Set up the card (or a printed photo or your tablet) so that it’s at eye level when you’re in your meditative posture of choice. Set a timer for 3 to 5 mins. Regulate your breathing as you look at the card. Imagine that you are stepping into the card, that you are becoming one of the characters in the scene. Imagine all of the sights, sounds, tastes and sensations of the scene. When the timer beeps, watch the video below. Record your thoughts and realizations in your training journal.
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