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A Challenging Situation


The Five of Swords represents a challenging situation and asks are you preventing yourself from moving forward? Often we build a wall of protection but unfortunately, this can also hold us back.

Five of Swords represents a challenging situation
Five of Swords represents a challenging situation

A challenging situation doesn’t define you, is a key message of this card!

You probably feel defeated, lost or in a no-win situation when this card shows up.

However, have you considered that perhaps the challenging situation you’re experiencing right now, is an opportunity for new input and growth?

The imagery on the tarot card above shows a man looking at the woman behind him. It can sometimes represent that the people around you, maybe holding you back.

Questions you should be asking yourself are: –

  • Are they trustworthy?
  • Do they support me in my quest for a better future?
  • Should I be making sacrifices so that I can move forward?

If the people surrounding you do in fact support you, you need to consider your ego mind. Are you allowing your ego mind to altar your perception?

How to solve a challenging situation

What scares you most needs to be challenged. Ask yourself: –

  • If I go ahead, what IS the worst thing that WILL happen?

Your fear is irrational if your answer includes, maybe, or probably, because it’s not a reality!

The Five of Swords asks you to pause and listen to the truth of the situation. Acting right now is pointless and destructive.

Maybe it’s time to examine your self-belief system, so that you can alter your mental state of fear into one of opportunity.

Time to challenge your self-beliefs

Having positive self-beliefs that serve you will drive you forward with positive enthusiasm. Limiting self-beliefs will hold you back and it’s these that you need to identify so that you can challenge your perception of them.

Take note of the energy you feel while doing this exercise and do consider writing these down. You will notice that those empowering self-beliefs have lots of feel-good energy with a positive vibe, but you won’t like those that limit you. It’s these limiting self-beliefs that you’re going to change by challenging yourself as to why you should keep them.

  • Make a list of all your self-beliefs, both positive and negative
  • Note the advantage you get from your self-belief
  • Challenge your perception of it. What do you REALLY get from having this limiting self-belief?

The benefit of doing this exercise will increase your confidence and therefore you will find it empowering.

By identifying your limiting self-beliefs, you provide yourself with the option of changing them, because after all, you are the master of your thoughts and dreams.

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