We’ve all got goblins haven’t we – those dark shadows lurking in the depths of our psyches. Today’s card is Goblins, and it’s a great card really – those lurking green slit eyes in the depths of the hollowed tree roots just waiting to pounce on you, and the toad like creature with big bulgey green eyes…they are goblins!
Here’s what the book says about this card:
Fear is an illusion. Choose love today. Forgive yourself and others. Goblins are born when you’re wounded and something essential is lost in that experience. From that point on, as you forget your wholeness, they remain with you in the shadows. There they remind you of what brought them into being, by mimicking your own voice, tricking you into believing that you’re unworthy, victimized, or unlovable. They hold you hostage through low self-worth, self sabotage, and the feeling that you’re lacking what you need.
If Goblins pay you a visit, know that they represent the shadow of your own self, or someone else’s, and that they’re leading you into a potentially reactive situation. Goblin card’s appearance is an opportunity for growth, however, and a signal that you must love yourself. No human is without flaws. The Goblin’s message is that you must release resentments and negative self-talk. Within you is the spark of the Divine. Ask Spirit to help heal you. Let go of negativity!
Fear may be an illusion but it does have a purpose. It can help us avoid dangerous situations. However, fear can become out of control and distorted, making us frozen and unable to move forward with our lives. The task is to find a balance between constructive fear and destructive fear.
However, let’s talk about Goblins, those creatures of slime who live deep in our psyches. I think we all have them don’t we and they chatter and screech at us in unholy voices. So much so that we just cannot forgive ourselves or others for past woundings. In the end they drink our inner blood and we become shrivelled and caricatures of who we are truly meant to be.
How do we overcome these Goblins? The simple answer is Love! Love has a ‘fluffy bunny’ connotation these days for many. It’s as if it’s just too simplistic an answer to everything but the bottom line is that it IS the answer, and real love certainly isn’t fluffy bunny! Love is tender and compassionate but it’s also strong and courageous. Love can kick asses if it needs to, make no bones about that! Having love for yourself and for others quells those goblin voices and in time they become mere whispers and then dissolve into silence. I admit I’m still working on this but I can attest to the validity of this card and how manifesting love for self and others does silence the goblins. The companion book’s explanation of goblins is spot on and I need not repeat it here.
However, quelling those voices and learning to love ourselves and others isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work and time, also each individual goes about it in different ways. Sometimes, if you have more than one person to forgive and learn to love it takes different approaches. I know that I’ve had to use different approaches for each person who has let me down or hurt me in the past. One in particular I’m still struggling with. But I think the more one manifests love and compassion in general the easier it gets…so don’t give up.
Often when we’ve been terribly hurt in the past a part of us wants to hang on to that hurt, some part of us wants to stay as a victim harbouring anger and resentment – well this part is the Shadow, the goblins deep inside. Unfortunately by hanging on to the anger and resentment, no matter how seemingly justified, it does impact on our relationships with others in the present. We may come across a person who reminds us of our wounded self, or the person from the past who initially hurt us. So we relive these old hurts and traumatise ourselves over and over again, and the blame never really stops – we blame them and ourselves. What kind of a life is that really?
When this happens to me – and it has happened – I have to learn detachment from the person in the present who is unconsciously reflecting myself or the person from the past. I have to realise that this person is NOT the person from my past who hurt me, nor are they ME! They are merely reflecting my shadow, or part of it – a Goblin! So the onus is on me to manifest love for myself, to nurture myself and care for me. Not in a selfish way but in a kind, loving way – I have to forgive myself! That’s really hard when I know that I too have really hurt others in the past too and done damage to them. It’s not at all easy but it’s important I do it. The first thing is to give myself time, to do it gradually and bit by bit – day by day – I realise that I am starting to love myself and accept myself.
Another important way of learning to love yourself is to remain detached in the face of people or situations that start the old goblins hollering in your head. Staying detached does not mean relinquishing caring or compassion, it just means not giving your emotional energy to the person or situation. This takes practice too and I do it, or help this process by daily affirmations and making them a daily habitual part of my life now. It also means manifesting courage and inner strength in love for the other person. I have begun to use a psychic shield, a bubble of irridescent purples, greens and blues, and that is really helping. For someone not used to shielding in this way it might sound silly but the truth is shielding does work and thousands of people can attest to that. However, like affirmations it takes practice.
You see, manifesting love does take work and practice because the natural inclination of mankind is to harbour grudges and see things through a negative lens. We only have to watch the news to see this in action. Being positive and manifesting love and compassion takes practice, responsibility and hard work. However, it is the most important work you can do for yourself, for others and the world.