When Suffering is the Norm

Wow. Speechless.

joyful cacophony

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

http://www.learntarot.com/bigjpgs/pents05.jpgWe find comfort in routine, in the “norm”. Even when suffering is the norm this remains true.

The individuals in the 5 of Pentacles are clearly suffering. Poverty, sorrow and hardship seem to surround them. They walk through the snow, heads down, barefoot and miserable. It reminds me of couples who fight all the time, but stay together anyway because of the fear of being alone. They appear to be in front of some sort of church. It almost looks as if the lights are on, and I get a warm, inviting impression. The message I get from my guides when I see this card in a reading is, “Look up!” All they need to do is look up and see that they…

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