Embrace all as it is, and witness the beauty of your becoming.
EMBRACE is a game of playing cards designed to be an on-going journey of 'knowing thyself.' The game offers the structure of a defined territory of inner space, and the freedom to explore it fully – leading to authenticity and self-empowerment. Symbolic meanings are offered as guidelines, relating to the play of the game. The idea is to ask within. Embrace is meant not as a competition but as a cooperation. Details of the play are left to individual creativity.
The game may be played by one or many players. As one player, it is suggested to simply pull a card from a common deck each morning, note the card in a journal, and ponder the meaning over the day.
The game begins when players still their minds and go within. A card is pulled and a question asked of oneself. Starting questions can be, 'What does this card mean to me?' or 'How does this apply to me?'
For this game, the suits are understood as below. The number of the card pulled is subject to individual interpretation, which may come from astrology, numerology, symbolism, tarot or simply feeling what is true. In general:
HEARTS are for following the heart on a journey from unsteady emotions to the steady beat of unconditional, non-specific, unchangeable love.
DIAMONDS are 'what you value most'. They are for shifting from identification with illusion to authenticity.
CLUBS are the suit of the mind. They are about expanding beyond mental architecture to a more complete perspective.
SPADES are for digging deep within, through layers of conditioning to the foundation of Being and consciousness.
The JOKER is the non-specific, the mirror, the zero point.
The Play of the Game
The first player turns one card face up, listens for the message and says what is felt.
All players look for patterns or insights which may begin to appear in the upturned cards, and bring them out by turn.
Rounds continue in this way until all cards have been pulled and all players have had their turns to share.
Each player is given the opportunity at the end to summarize the message of the game just played to them, and to share any insights.
Players are encouraged to keep journal notes, submit questions for the round, and introduce the game to not yet players.
Guidelines for Interpretation
The ACE is 0 / 1
ZERO (O): Emptiness of zero / the totality of the circle • New beginnings • Potential • Rebirth • Something has come full circle
ONE (1): Center • Confidence • Creative Spirit • Essence • First Cause • Individuality • Initiative • Isolation • Loner • Primordial unity • Strength • Sum of all possibilities
TWO (2): Balance/Contrast • Choice • Competition/cooperation • Duality/polarity • Equalization • Harmony • Opposites/ complementary pairs • Partnership • Time to choose what is best for soul path • Unity
THREE (3): Beginning, middle and end • Birth, life, death • Creative power; growth• Expression • Body, soul and spirit • Infinite Power, Infinite Wisdom, Infinite Love • Moving forward of energy • Past, present and future • Reward • Success • Time to consider your direction
FOUR (4): Completion • Definition or distinction • Differentiation • Seasons • Sides to a square • Solid • Totality • 4th dimension = time, which is illusion • Calmness • Directions of north, south, east and west • Foundation • Home • Need for persistence and endurance • Retreat • Roots • Stability • Static as opposed to the circular and the dynamic • Wholeness
FIVE (5): A period of perceived chaos • Circular, as it produces itself in its last digit when raised to its own power • Five petaled flower (such as rose) • Five pointed star depicts individuality and spiritual aspiration • Forward motion • Innovation • Instability • Meditation • Microcosm • Religion • Senses • Time to take action • Travel • Unpredictability • Versatility
SIX (6): Alignment • Balance • Beauty and high ideals • Compassion • Completeness • Diplomacy • Enlightenment • Equilibrium • Forgiveness • Love, inner peace and harmony • The heart • (ESP), hunch or instinct • Union of polarity
SEVEN (7): Awareness • Conscious thought • Feelings and instincts • Imagination • Macrocosm • Manifestation of results in your life • Man's place in the pattern of Nature • Plenty • Reintegration • Seven branches to the Tree of Life • Seven ages of man; circles of Universe; cosmic stages; days of the week; pillars of wisdom; rays of the sun; musical notes • Uplifting energy
EIGHT (8): All possibilities • Completed circuit • Cycles • Determination • Infinity • Momentum • Octagon is the beginning of the transformation of the square into a circle and vice versa • Pairs of opposites • Paradise regained • Perfect intelligence • Perfect rhythm • Regeneration • Repetition • Resurrection • Solidarity and stability • Success • Strength • Wealth
NINE (9): 0 to 9 is all that is needed to make up an infinite amount of numbers • Attainment • Beginning and the end • Completed pattern • Fulfillment • Increased mental strength and intellectual power • Inventiveness • Circumference • Profit may be indicated • Pure intelligence • Satisfaction • Triple Triad • Truth, since it reproduces itself when multiplied
TEN (10): Completion of journeys and return to origins • Divine support • Intelligence • Number of the cosmos—the paradigm of creation • Rebirth • Sum of the number nine of the circumference with the one of the center — being perfection • Ten is all-inclusive, representing law; order and dominion • The decad contains all numbers and therefore all things and possibilities • The perfect — the return to unity • The radix or turning point of all counting • Transcending
The JACK is the generating creative energy. As (11), it is: Balance • Equal balance of masculine and feminine properties • Fulfillment • Higher ideals • Invention • Vision
The QUEEN is the perfecting feminine principle. As (12), it symbolizes: Abilities as a healer • Contemplation • Embracing all as it is • Finding wisdom within • Patience • Power of stillness • Prayer
The KING is the commanding masculine principle. As (13), it speaks of: Cleansing • Death to limited persona and birth to expanded consciousness • Passage to a higher level of existence (a more complete perspective) • Purification
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The game as presented here is printed on invitation cards, available in the Healing Presence collection.
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