Wednesday Wisdom: Burden Basket 2/4/15

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Burden Basket

weight-of-the-world-775x350Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?

The Sacred Path card that was pulled for this week’s Wednesday Wisdom is the “Burden Basket” card.  Native American women used these baskets for carrying wood, herbs, and other items to leave their hands free as they did their gathering. However, they never put more in their baskets then the basket could handle.  If they were not using them, they would place them outside their doors as a reminder for the guests to leave their problems (and neediness) outside before entering their Sacred Space.

IMG_20150204_130342This card suggests that we should not burden others with our issues or complaints.  It tells us to try to become more self-reliant and find our own answers. Connecting with Spirit and other allies in nature can help us find the solutions to our problems. However, if the burden is too much to bear and counsel from a wise one is sought, one should honor that wisdom.

In addition, we need to look at whether we are allowing others to become self-reliant.  Are we telling others what to do without them asking for our advice?  What makes us think that we are so important that we need so many burdens to carry? Taking on other people’s burdens as our own can throw us out of balance and keep us from tackling our own issues. Having compassion for others and knowing when and how to speak to others will contribute to their self-reliance as well as our own personal empowerment.




Credit: Jamie Sams, author of Sacred Path Cards: The Discovery of Self through Native Teachings, Harper San Francisco, 1990.
NOTE: Kathleen McGinley, aka “Soul Healer,” channels Spirit using the Sacred Path Cards deck by Jamie Sams. She offers “Sacred Path Card readings” for individuals who are seeking guidance in any area of their lives. Click here for more information.

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