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What is Tibetan Pulsing Yoga? (Continued)

Symbolism and a Unique New Use of the Tarot

By Tibetan Pulser Socrates www.sacredgates.comOne of the contributions which Tibetan Pulsing Yoga has made is its enormously wide-ranging and comprehensive survey of the realms of human experience, and depiction of these through careful systematic categorisation of different qualities of sound, colour, emotion, psychological experience and much else through the use of a complex and meaningful set of archetypal symbols.

The great psychologist, author and polyglot Carl Jung first developed the concept of the archetype and the collective unconscious - in a nutshell, he proposed that there are parts of the human mind which are common to all of us, and that this part of the human mind deals with universal human experience not via words but via the use of images or symbols which are common to all of humanity, and which he gave the name 'archetypes.'

Dis MapIn Tibetan Pulsing Yoga, this part of the mind has been specifically located and extensively studied, and its pattern of archetypes painstakingly mapped out with precision and comprehensiveness. As a result of this monumental achievement (which is itself only one of many aspects of the practice of Tibetan Pulsing Yoga), we now have an extraordinarily effective and accurate map of the human mind available to us, including (but not limited to) the collective human unconscious itself.

Various tools are employed as part of this map, including the study of the iris, the study of cinema, and, among others, a revolutionary new use of the traditional symbolic pack of cards known as the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck.

The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck contains a small number of cards known as the 'Major Arcana,' and a relatively larger number of cards known as the 'Minor Arcana.' As the Major Arcana are fewer in number, and are given verbal titles, these have generally been the major focus of Tarot students in many different eras, in my view because they are more accessible to the layperson, or any person who does not possess a deeper insight into the Tarot of the sort that has been developed in Tibetan Pulsing Yoga. The Minor Arcana (which are not 'minor' at all, in fact!) are given only numerical titles, and are so plentiful in number, that study, use and interpretation of them has historically been relatively much more limited in scope, and I can confidently say that before Tibetan Pulsing Yoga investigated them in greater depth, the symbolic significance of these cards had not been properly understood as it is now.

The Two of CupsEach card in the deck depicts a different scene or circumstance, in most of which a person or persons are experiencing or doing something specific. Each depicted scene is a symbolic representation of a particular area of human experience. For example, there are certain cards that relate to particular forms or shades of emotions and motivations such as greed, grief, tranquility, fear, love or anger. Together, as a complete unit, all the cards also tell a story - the story of humanity - and in Tibetan Pulsing Yoga (particularly in the Intensive II and Intensive III courses) they are interpreted in a completely new and very helpful way which enables us to systematically recognise and study every manifestation of human motivation, emotion, thought and experience.

The purpose of doing this is in order to learn about them all and, in so doing, learn about ourselves: thus we can start to watch ourselves as we play out these many roles in our lives, stepping back from them a little more, and become less identified with them, less caught up in them. In essence, the source of the suffering of humanity lies in over-identification with the various little 'stories' depicted on these cards, particularly those portraying negative experiences and situations: and once we recognise that they are nothing more than stories, this can transform our whole outlook on life and way of being, and bring a new understanding to everything we experience in life.


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