AN EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF THE TAROT:
Secret Teachings Revealed: Session Ten
Mme was not in the room as usual when Dmitri accompanied me to where we met. I quizzically looked at him, and he said, “Mme will be summarily with you.” He then departed. It was interesting that I had been so in awe of Mme’s personality and our topics that I had never really examined the room in which she sat to give readings. As I looked curiously and avidly around, hoping to memorize the room so that I could tell others about it, I noted that there were representations in some form of almost every spiritual path in the room: Christ and Madonna figures, wrathful Tibetan and Hindu deities in scrolls and hangings, copies of the Koran, Bible, Sanskrit volumes. It seemed everything was there to be seen.
Madame entered the room quietly without me at first seeing her. She said, “Well, I see that you have figured me out now. As you can see, there are representations of almost every major and some minor religions in here. Of course, you must know that I am open to all beliefs. And when one reads for anybody, it comforts them and helps them to be open when they see that I accept their beliefs also.
“But, my dear, it is not mere decoration for me to have these entities and spiritual figures here. I truly honor them and have experienced each and every one of their essences. Each one has been helpful and given me assistance in my path. They are all my teachers. Likewise, the Tarot has on its cards symbols of all spiritual paths and religions. Egyptian, pagan and Mother beliefs stand alongside Christianity and Judaism.
“Of course, we know that my views are not shared by major religions that insist that their path is the only path, but my dear, that is my path and the path of Tarot. True spirituality, my dear, does not exclude any path and is inclusive. Fundamentalism today is the real disease of every century and what will destroy
humanity. It is my constant prayer that consciousness will reach all so that humanity may survive. As I have told you, I must reside in hope rather than despair, and I have chosen this profession so that I may continue to help shine that light.
“Today, somebody is coming for a reading, and I have intuited that I must say something to them that they have unconsciously resisted for many years because of the guilt they have retained. Oh, no, my dear, it is not all borscht and vodka. The unexpected mention of the words borscht and vodka in the same sentence spoken by this normally reserved woman made me laugh out loud. Mme herself began to laugh and said, “Yes, my dear, even though we speak on serious subjects, I must always have a sense of humor. It is a necessity.
“Many years ago I was invited by my good friend, Mme Wydranov, a famous teacher in her own right, to come to an event at which all these wonderful women attended. She wanted me to give readings to them. It was an enlightening, successful time for they were very open and responsive to what I revealed. Then one woman walked into my room to receive her reading and as I looked at her, these words came tumbling out of my lips, “Were you ever going to tell anybody you had an abortion?” I must say that we both were aghast at what I had just said. I truly didn’t know where it came from.
“It appeared that this woman in her early 20’s, almost 30 years before, had a child who died unexpectedly. She and her husband were very distraught, blaming each other and themselves and separated for a time. During this separation, the woman had an affair and became pregnant. She did not want to be with this new man and, in fact, subsequently reunited with her husband. She felt he would not want to be with her if he knew she was with another man’s child and she aborted the child. After that time she lived with a tremendous guilt.
“What was so amazing was that she had come all the way from England to this event, not expecting of course, to meet some strange woman who immediately confronts her with her guilt. After some recovery on both our parts, I said to her, “I know that I only have this knowledge for one reason, and that I have been given it so that I may help relieve you of this terrible guilt you have carried for so long.” She began to cry and in that moment, let go of all of her feelings about the past. A different woman looked up at me after her catharsis. “Thank you,” she said, “I feel free after all this time. I am so grateful.”
“She continued to see me for years after, telling me how her life had changed and she was able to renew it with more creativity and love for all. So you see, my dear, how when one allows someone else to witness what we consider our failings, we can sometimes let go of the shame and guilt that surrounds them.”
As Mme was recounting this woman’s deliverance from her past, I suddenly remembered something that I had held on to for many years, full of guilt at what I had considered irrevocable in my life. I don’t know if it was just the time or that Madame was looking at me with an expectant look on her face, but I began to cry and told her of my own past guilt. As I recounted the story to her, I saw a face full of not only compassion, but also emptiness. It was as if I were emptying my story into a space so vast that it could be immediately swallowed up and consumed.
As I continued speaking, I felt this phenomenon of getting lighter and lighter as a burden lifted off of me. After a time, a slight smile appeared on Mme’s lips and she said to me softly, “Feeling better, dear?” Like an obedient child, I replied, “Oh, yes, Mme, I do.” And then for some reason, I began to laugh and laugh from a place deep and forgotten inside of me. Surprising to me, Mme herself began to join in my laughter. As shafts of light from the sun pierced the shadows of the room, it felt as if the sun were also joining us in the joy encompassing both of us.
Bowing my head to her at last, I said, “Thank you.” She responded, “Be happy today, my dear.” She then rose and departed. Feeing this lightness encompassing my being, I followed shortly afterwards. Dmitri was not at the door.
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