Changing the Negative to Positive with Visual Aids
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Love in the Third Degree.
Iâ€™m a visual kind of girl. Always have been. I need to be able to see what things look like, to take whatâ€™s in my mindâ€™s eye and see it in front of me. Itâ€™s part of moving my desire from mental to physical.
I also collect Tarot cards, Angel cards, and various cards that are considered divinatory tools. The artwork is lovely, but I also know the meaning and mythology behind each card and thatâ€™s what I use to help change my frame of mind about difficult, negative situations. However, you can still take advantage of these tools for their artwork even if you donâ€™t know the traditional meanings, based on how the artwork speaks to you at an intuitive level.
For example, the 9 of Swords is sometimes drawn as a distraught person in bed with 9 swords over the person. Itâ€™s interpreted as despair and worst nightmares, but I have a very positive-minded friend who tells me itâ€™s â€œneedless worryâ€ and a sign that â€œthings are better than they appear at this moment.â€
Her attitude is important to me since I was raised in a very negative household where there was tons of needless worry. I keep reminding myself that most of my worry is needless and that things really are better than I thinkâ€”based on historical data and lifelong patterns!â€”and that helps to shift my focus to the more positive.
But for the purposes of visualization, I take this nightmare card, the card of my fears, and place it on my home altar. (I highly recommend a home altar regardless of your religion, so that you have a place to pause, to make sacred, to consider and give thanks or just send out your wishes to the Universe.)
On top of this negative card, I place a second card that represents something much more positive, usually the outcome I desire. With Tarot cards, the outcome likely wonâ€™t be a specific person or dollar amount or job title but rather an artistic representation of the end result I want.
Soâ€¦the positive card I place over the negative one might be the Ace of Cups for a new relationship or new emotional beginnings. Or it could be a 10 of Pentacles for a wealthy and prosperous future. Or maybe itâ€™s a pretty card from a new deck where the artwork has a special meaning for me that doesnâ€™t necessarily match the traditional meaning of the card.
I may place several cards on my altar, each a step or mental shift to a new direction and outcome. Really, itâ€™s whatever has meaning for me and triggers the mental shift for me.
Then when I look at the cards every time I pass my altar, I note that the needless worry and despair is being replaced by more joyful things. Or I note a progression of cards from sadness to strength to new adventures to love to partnership to celebration and I know Iâ€™m working my way through those steps to manifest a place of celebration.
The cards are small enough and yet meaningful enoughâ€”mini vision boards!â€”that I might leave one card that represents a terrific outcome on a table, in a mini-easel (like for a decorative plate), on a small wall shelf, or even in a frame on the wall.
Right now? I have a tiny frame attached to my computer monitor and in it is a beautiful card that represents a prosperous and happy woman enjoying her surroundings. No matter what Iâ€™m working on at my desk, she is always, always, in my sight.