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meditation tarot The Spread

The archetypes of thought

The Spread pt2

In the last post we left off with The Spread, hopefully everyone still has all the major cards arranged in three rows of seven with the twenty-second card, the Fool, set to the side. The longer one sees the cards in this order the better a hold one will have upon it in their mind. Before we can continue with what these cards are doing, a very concrete understanding of what the cards represent needs to be created within one’s self. Lets start with broad strokes and work our way into the details.

A tarot card, like any symbol, represents a group of thoughts that are connected by association and analogy. Each of these groups of thoughts are a complex group of thoughts that are connected by associations with one another. Every person shares many many thoughts in common, these thoughts combine into complex thoughts that are our personality or who we are.

For instance there is a complex of thoughts in everyone that is curious and wants to know something, This expression of thought is represented by the first card of the tarot, often called the magician. The first card represents those thoughts that are always searching, always learning, always measuring and comparing. People who have this as a dominant archetype are likely to be interested in being scientists or explorers.

A different thought complex is represented by each card. Each card being a family of thoughts that are all in agreement with one another, for the most part. Just like a real family everybody does not always agree all the time and some members of a thought family can find themselves connected to other thought families. Thought complexes are connected one to the other by individual thoughts that feel at home in other thought complexes. Certain activities require the combined effort of multiple thought complexes.

These thoughts are real, that make up these thought complexes. When we say “real,” we mean thoughts are not ghost like phantasms that wisp through one’s mind coming from everywhere and going nowhere. When a new thought is formed a small part of one’s mind is crystallized into new neural connections. This neural connection is a thing, not an imaginary space between two things, these connections have mass and are created with energy. However tiny, they are as real as the chair you are resting upon. All the same it is quite an infinitesimal amount of “new brains,” that a normal day to day thought creates. The neurons in our mind have been compared to the stars in the sky, they are that vast. At that scale a single thought may be compared to a particle of dust floating through a beam of light in the depths of outer space. So small and yet a real thing, when a person has a real thought they create something. Neurologists and neurobiologists and a veritable army of other scientists at this very moment are learning how to map out these thought structures. Mapping these structures is like trying to map the stars in the sky and all the ways that light travels in between them. 

When a thought is associated with circumstances that create a deep impression, so many neurons are fired and with so much energy that those thoughts become a memory or a reoccurring thought. Keep in mind that this thought is a real thing, created in the brain, with the materials present in the brain transformed by the electrical processes taking place in the brain when that thought was focused on. All of the added energy created by the circumstances creates a bigger bit of brains. When one focuses on a certain thing, constantly thinking of the same thought in meditation, reinforcing that thought and focusing on it. That single thought is gaining a mass which conversely means the thought is gaining energy.

The structures of these thought complexes created by our experiences are built upon pre-existing thought complexes that already exist. When we are born we have these pre-existing thought structures, that are commonly referred to as archetypes. Everyone has three basic thought archetypes that are composed of an entire type of thinking.

  • The thinking thought structures are associated with thinking, reasoning, questioning wondering imagination.
  • The moving thought structures are associated with interacting and responding with the physical world around us.
  • The emotional thought structures associated with emotion and feeling recognize and interact with emotions and ideological concepts such as belief, love, friendship, disgust, etc.

All thoughts are organized in their respective categories by what they function at the best. As you read this, many moving thoughts are at work doing their bits moving and focusing the eyes scrolling the screen and whatever else you must do to read the words. Thinking thoughts are correlating the words you see with your past memories and recognition of what the words mean, gleaning the concepts from the words and giving them meaning. Every now and then emotional thought may listen in to see if there’s anything worth getting excited about.

At this level of organization from here on out let’s refer to these as our three brains. There’s lots written about this, numerous belief structures from the Orient and the east incorporate these thought or psyche structures. So there’s nothing new about this, but then again there is. It turns out that science is starting to think that we have three brains as well.

In summary

Our thinking brain is good at thinking; it can recall past events, compare them with the present, and approximate the future with various levels of understanding of the probabilities of the future. This brain is what people think of when they see the word brain.

The moving or physical brain is good at keeping us alive in a dangerous world, and at it’s core levels it runs our central nervous system and all of our musculature and organs. Tasks like driving are almost all done by this moving mind. Have you ever gotten somewhere and thought wow I don’t even remember driving here? Well you’re moving brain was busy driving while you’re thinking brain was thinking about whatever was on your mind at the time and the two had no idea what the other one was doing.

The emotional brain processes feelings and emotions. It has access to more energy than either of the other bodies. This is energy can be seen at times when people become emotionally charged or in a religious ecstasy, and they perform what would be considered superhuman feats. This is caused by the emotional mind getting involved and giving a big jump start to the other brain in charge of whatever needs to be done or even does the task itself.

Take some time to yourself setting in front of those cards. As you stare at them in those three rows, match up what you have just learned about the three types of thoughts and how they correspond with the rows. Ponder the meanings of the cards as you know them and see how they fit that pattern. Next week we will start picking apart the first row of the Spread.

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