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Learning Objectivity

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on September 21, 2010 | Comments (8)

One of the things I’ve been working on lately in my tarot practice is detachment. I’ve discovered that when I am detached from the outcome of the reading (in many ways and on many levels), then my readings are most inspired. Lately, I’ve not been looking at my client at all, just the cards, and letting the information flow. When I look at my client, their reactions register and interfere with my detachment. Weird. I know. But recently I was browsing Tarot: Theory and Practice by Ly de Angeles and read this:

Practice: Learning Objectivity—What do you really see?

  • Please set aside a space in an area where you will not be disturbed for the duration of your training time and have a notebook and pen with you for the exercise.
  • Draw a dot on a clean white sheet of paper in front of you where you are sitting.
  • Sit quietly and look at the dot.
  • Write down what you see.
  • Realize from the outset that this is not a trick exercise and that, if you are working this exercise with a group, every person’s answer will be different.

Your answers will not be:

  • Too limited
  • An intellectualization
  • A personalization
  • An esotercisation
  • A description of the dot or the paper
  • A mental exercise

From my experience with groups, this process can go on for anywhere between on and three hours, and students almost always run the gauntlet of every conceivable emotion from simple frustration to downright rage. This is an excellent way of self-examining one’s own motives.

The, like the Hundreth Monkey, one person’s overhead light bulb will flash as they realize it’s quite possible that the question is not challenging their spiritual understandings or their intelligence, it isn’t a trick question, and that there is absolutely no mental activity required. Once after another you will achieve the answers and smiles, as you understand how complicated a simple thing can be made to seem—how much each of you needed to be right—and how necessary to the answer your honesty must be.

With Tarot there is no right—there is only telling it as you see it, or hear it or sense it or feel it, even sometimes as you smell it., because all of your senses will come into play—some more than others, depending on your natural talent.

The best way I can think of to describe the answer you will require is to describe a technique employed by martial artists when in a sparring situation with several others: what they do not do is look into the eyes of any opponent, because to do so would trap the person within the identity of the other and they would no longer be able to see the telegraphing of information available through non-focus. Therefore the martial artist will look at nothing and see everything.

Freaky interesting, right? I thought so.

Reader Comments

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#1 
Written By Zanna Starr
on September 21st, 2010 @ 9:10 am

I only do online readings, which means I can’t *look at* the client. I do try to *see* them with my inner eye. However, this lack of face-to-face contact has caused me to wonder if my readings are too detached, if I’m not connecting with the client in ways that would result in a better, more useful reading. Your article helps me see detachment in a different light.

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#2 
Written By Chloe
on September 21st, 2010 @ 11:37 am

Yikes, that dot on a page exercise sounds scary! As for detachment in a reading, I get pulled two ways on this one. Doing on-line readings, I ,too, have worried that I’m too detached. I like to have some context, as otherwise I worry that I’m just making up a whole fantasy story in my head. However, I also don’t generally do readings for friends and family, except in specific circumstances that help to create a boundary to separate the reading from the rest of our relationship, because of the problem of over-subjectivity. Interesting, I’ll have to think about this some more…

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#3 
Written By Nancy Antenucci
on September 21st, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

Very cool concept to explore!!!

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#4 
Written By Ty
on September 21st, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

I have a problem with client’s telegraphing-either verbally (“Oh, yeah, you’re right on!” as one querent recently put it)or in their expressions or body language- eyes wide open in shock, arms crossed, relaxed, tensed, face lowered to the cards, etc. I try to remain focused on just the cards, but I am such a social person, (I try not to be too much the occultist) and I try to give people an action plan, so I need to ‘read’ them to know how to ‘deliver the news’ in a way that empowers them.

At the same time, I don’t want to read into their hopes or fears and start seeing the cards, rather than objectively reading them. So I try not get too invested in the reading, but when I do a half hour reading face to face, it is difficult not to connect with the querent on some level. Filtering out that connection is the key to really reading the cards- the connection can help you best deliver the reading in a way that empowers the querent to make decisions that are aligned positively with their goals.

And yes, I only use my powers for good!

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#5 
Written By Blackbird "BB"
on September 21st, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

I primarily do Distance Readings online, and I have found it is percisely those reading that begin with the disclaimer; “Well this reading is going to be spookily on, or Wildly off” that get the “OMG, how did you know that!” replies .
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And the truth is I don’t; I am myself in no way Psychic; I have no real feeling this or that is write or wrong (for the most part) All I can do is try to get out of the way of the story are read the story laid out in the cards Nan has put in front of me; I have found overtime if there is an error it is in the interpretation not the spread.
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Honestly I prefer in person readings, but my situation limits those oppertunities, I enjoy the feedback the conversation over the cards, the building of the interp together with the Q. I find that much more interesting and exciting than my normal practice.
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Blessings BB.

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#6 
Written By James Wells
on September 21st, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

For me, a tarot session is about making the cards fit the client’s life experience, not the other way around. The book depicted isn’t, for me, a good example of how to be a good tarot practitioner.

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