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The Opportunity at Hand
March 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

All around the world, people’s lives have suddenly changed. It has never been so obvious that we are all in it together. The governments of many countries are advising everyone to stay home. The world has slowed down. The traffic has radically dropped, and many of us are home, face to face with ourselves, with the ones with whom we share our lives, and with the situation at hand. It’s a time of challenges, but also opportunities.

Right here and now there is an opportunity for all of us to expand beyond the small sense of self and reach into our relationships, reach into our hearts for compassion, for higher perspective, for the good in this opportunity.

In shutting down many of the normal functions we have a chance to slow down, to sit and contemplate, to ponder, to wonder, to see what’s truly important. Feeling into what there is to feel, and what others around us are also experiencing, is a life-affirming and life-expanding experience. It can be life-changing.

People focus too much on what is bad about challenges, and not on what is good about them. There is so much good in challenge, in having less, in sharing being a necessity. It is good to be required to pull in: to your neighborhood, to your immediate environment, to those around you in need, and be in a position to provide for their need. It is good to reach up and out, and it is good to have less: less distraction, less to do for oneself, less self altogether. It is good for the environment to be cleared of frenetic energy, unquestioned drive for production, greed, and the rest.

There is a great need for peace. Peace within the soul. Peace within the heart. People can find it. They can sit and ponder. They can do what they can to be resourceful, to ask for help, to reach out beyond fear, to care for everyone around them in all the ways they can. There is power within each person, each heart and soul. Let’s not underestimate the power of every individual to make choices for the higher, to see the better of a million things that need that kind of discernment brought to the fore. A worldwide meditation on the situation of civilization is no bad thing. It is, apparently, exactly what’s required.

Love,
Your friends at Cards for Living

Loving through the Pandemic
March 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

The world right now is plagued by fear and alienation. As many of you feel, the virus is a threat to people's physical health, but the fear and alienation is a greater disease. Right now we are in a state of pandemic fear and alienation. It's alarming and more alarming every day.

Institutions are shutting down, gatherings are cancelled or postponed. Governments recommend staying home and avoiding physical proximity. People are hoarding, avoiding each other, and looking at each other with suspicion. The negativity between human beings is a difficult environment to exist in and we all feel it.

At this time, a call for love is most needed. Truly, love is what we all need in facing this difficulty. Our humanity, our morality, our care for one another need to be extended now more than ever. We need to reach out to each other with gentle care and concern for the other's well-being. We need each other's humanity and heartfelt connection. It's important that we treat others with care in every interaction, and reach out to each other to extend our hearts in the ways that we can.

Love and care can be extended without physical proximity. Consideration of others and mutual support can spread without endangering anyone's physical health. Togetherness is a thing of spirit. Love is a thing of spirit. And what are our lives for, if not to give that?

Please consider what's most needed. Consider what you can do to express your care and concern for others. Consider what you can give in terms of emotional support, friendship, and togetherness to those around you. Consider what can you do to heal the fear and alienation that are flooding the earth right now, and how you can resist those feelings in yourself.

Love keeps us strong, and it strengthens others. It helps us keep our spirits high and our minds bright in order to respond well to all circumstances. And most of all, it heals people's hearts. It clears the atmosphere we all live in. We need everyone to help heal, or at least ease, the pandemic of fear around us.

If you need togetherness or support in this difficult time, please feel free to reach out to us. If you simply wish to connect, please don't hesitate. Your resonance with this message will strengthen the spirit of love on this planet. This world desperately needs the influence of loving kindness. Please join us in bringing it in.

With love,
Your friends at Cards for Living

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Everyone knows how to love, and everyone deeply wants to love. But it isn't quite that simple to bring your love to life. All of us have consciously or unconsciously learned wrong ideas, drawn wrong conclusions, and formed love-negative beliefs and habits that cause us to lose the trail oftentimes.

That’s why we offer the Cards for Living, which contain key insights on the most important areas of life, and help clear up the confusions that inhibit the free flow of love. May the cards give you fresh inspiration to live in a way that will satisfy your heart and soul, and help and heal others.


True Love

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Love Is
Find love! Share love! Get great at loving! For that you need to understand more about what love is. Here's the real scoop on love.

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Rainbow of Love
Love brings so many beautiful feelings, intentions, and actions into life! This card describes the various colors in love's rainbow.

Pseudo Love

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Pseudo (selfish) Love Defined
Selfishness promises to help us but only hurts us—and others. This card exposes the disappointments and disadvantages of selfishness in life and love.

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Pseudo Love
Love is often confused with "pseudo love" (which, of course, is why many people fear love). This card clears up the confusion, and helps restore love's good name.

Humanity

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Humanity Side 1
Our precious humanity is our greatest treasure, but often we judge and reject our most exquisite qualities. This card defends our passion, creativity, and will to serve.

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Humanity Side 2
Only our humanity can save the world. Bring your desire, need, fragility, and will to love into life!

Relationship

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Relationship
We're all connected, and we need each other. Home is where the hearts join. We can only be fulfilled when we accept that and act accordingly.

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How to Build Strong Relationships
Here's a method to help you build strong and dynamic relationships! Follow Plan B to create relationships like every heart wants and needs.

Power

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Power
Each of us has huge power, regardless of wealth, skill, or status. This card describes many marvelous powers you'll recognize in yourself and everyone you know.

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Using Power Well and Wisely
There is no such thing as a powerless person—only one who has suppressed, denied, or misused their power. Use these tips to regain full awareness and use of your power.

Freedom

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True Freedom
You’re always free, regardless of what you’ve been, done, or experienced. You have the freedom to change your life for better or worse. Use it well.

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Stuckness and Limitation
You are free to choose however you wish, but beware: selfish choices will hurt and imprison you. This card explains how.

Wrong doing

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Right Response to Wrongdoing
How to heal the regret, the guilt, and the pain we’ve caused to others when we’ve done wrong.

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Wrong Responses to Wrongdoing
Guilt is a compass that points us back to rightness—but often our reactions to guilt make things worse, not better.

Self-Liberation

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Self Liberation
We’re naturally free, but we bind ourselves with limiting ideas of who we are and what we can do. Reclaim your freedom! Let them go.

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How to Escape Self-Limiting Identification/Beliefs/Habits
To love and live fully, you need to break free of wrong ideas of who you are. This card tells how.

Integrity

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High Integrity Living
Integrity is living in a way your heart is happy with, and not ashamed of. This card reinforces what your heart knows about true integrity.

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Integrity—True or False
People have many false ideas about integrity, but our hearts know better. Take this quiz; prove to yourself how well your heart actually understands integrity.

Independence

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Healthy Independence
Healthy independence is not being independent of others. It's independence from everything—internal and external—that holds you back from loving fully and being who you really are.

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Unhealthy Independence
Everyone wants to be independent, but the common ideas of independence are very UNhealthy. Understand the problems of unhealthy independence, so you can correct them!

Dependence

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Healthy Dependence
Healthy dependence is when I depend on you and you depend on me—and we're both reliable for each other. What a joy! It's like heaven on earth.

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Unhealthy Dependence
People fear dependence, associating it with passive, unfair, irresponsible forms. But we need each other, and need to find wise and appropriate ways to depend on each other.

Normalcy

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What is Normal?
To be true to your heart, you have to live outside the box called "normal," above the painfully low standards of common culture.

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Normalcy
What's become natural in this world is unnatural to our true nature. True normalcy is living as the person God made you to be—the person you are.

Faith

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True Faith
Having faith in God, in life, in yourself—what does it mean? And how to have faith? Anyone can build unshakeable faith on these four cornerstones.

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Two Kinds of False Faith
The power of faith is often wasted because, without realizing it, we invest our faith-power wrongly. Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of "false faith."

God

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Praying to God
How to develop a truly close and loving intimacy with God, through love, prayer, and responsible dependence on God.

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Staying with God
This card extends a personal invitation from God to you (to stay with God even when you're not praying, meditating, etc.).

Still Small Voice

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The Still Small Voice
To touch lives and heal hearts, God needs your help, and you need God's help. Here's how the partnership between you and God works.

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Why Follow the Still Small Voice
God has plenty of guidance to give, but few make full use of it. Read this card and let the Still Small Voice work Divine magic in your life!

What God Gave Us to Work With

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God's Part in Making You Who You Are (part 1)
God endowed each one of us with many wonderful gifts. This side describes our uniqueness, ability to love deeply, access to understanding, finely-tuned conscience, and flexibility.

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God's Part in Making You Who You Are (part 2)
The list of our God-given gifts continues, with beautiful feelings, subtle sensing (intuitive awareness), creativity, Divine companionship, the Still Small Voice, and absolutely free will.

Who You Are

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Your Part in Your Goodness
Do our bad deeds mean we're bad people? No, it means we're free. We are good, but it's still up to us what we choose to be.

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The Mighty Power of Gonogo (Your Yes or No Power)
We are always in our formative years, being formed by our own decisions—our Go or No go to each of our beautiful impulses and characteristics.

Universal and Personal Love

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True and False Universal Love (Agape)
True agape (universal love) is not merely good will towards all. It is love that's passionate, feeling, caring—not for "everyone in general," but for each one, specifically.

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True Personal Love/False Personal Love
Close personal love is our native habitat—we need it. But like any great treasure, it makes people greedy, and that's not loving. For true love, leave selfishness behind.

Manhood & Womanhood

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Manhood
What a gift our gender characteristics are, when we're willing to embrace them and live them. This card will make you hungry for the glory of true manhood.

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Womanood
Vive la difference between men and women! This card paints an inspiring portrait of true womanhood.

Desire

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All About Desire
Desire is our key to unlocking the abundance God created for us to have. This card explains how healthy desire, combined with real love and appreciation, creates a circle of nurturance for all.

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Healthy-Unhealthy Desire
This card explains the difference between healthy desire, which gives life and fulfillment to both the lover and the beloved, and unhealthy desire, which always disappoints in the end.

The Mind, Part 1

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Your Mind, Your Servant
The mind is a wonderful servant—but to serve us well we must align it with good intentions and guide it with our innately wise heart sensibilities.

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Perils of Misdirected Mind
A poorly directed mind creates a lot of problems—problems everyone recognizes all too well. This card reviews many common ones, and describes a way to overcome them all.

The Mind, Part 2

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Why & How to Direct Your Mind
The mind has great creative power, and often, that power feels out of control. But you can steer your mind—and you must, for the sake of love.

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Living by Heart
Think it's hard to know what's best? The mind is often confused, but the heart is feeling enough, present enough, and sensitive enough to steer us right.

Learning & Implementation

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Learning
Learning opens life up and unlocks its treasures—if our learning is true and helpful. Learn here how to take responsibility for what/how you learn.

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Implementation
The truth will set you free—but only if you live it, implement on it. Applying what you know is a NECESSARY part of learning.

Morality

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What is Morality?
The requirements for moral living are the same for all, at all times, in all places. You will find them on this card—and in your heart.

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Immorality
Learn to recognize immorality and the popular attitudes that cause it. You'll be empowered for good by studying the everyday examples on this card.

Will

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Good Will
Free will is a powerful tool that opens many doors. With good will, we can love freely, cooperate wholeheartedly, and create heaven on Earth.

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Selfish Will
Will is so powerful—it can create great good or a royal mess. Learn how SELFISH will wreaks havoc in our lives and loves.

Realism

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Realism
What's realistic to expect is not cast in stone—it's a result of the way we think and act. Realistically, our dreams can come true—if we fulfill their real requirements.

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Realism - Unrealism
True realism depends on conditions. The examples on this card will improve your understanding of what is realistic—and what is not.

Loving Our Way to Heaven

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A Quick View of Personal Growth in Love
Like flowers growing toward sun, like baby birds yearning toward sky, our hearts grow toward love. How fast we grow depends on how willingly we embrace love's higher responsibilities.

Five Keys to Spiritual Fulfillment

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The Five Keys to Spiritual Fulfillment
Find spiritual fulfillment within the daily activities of your everyday life by applying these five powerful principles.

Practice Methods

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Unification
Unification is a simple but powerful way to realize Unity with Life, using the most universal, natural, and uplifting of all human impulses: LOVE.

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The Hello Method
Here's a sweet and effective way to connect with God and Celestial Beings (like Jesus, Buddha, your guardian angel, etc.) Try it, you'll see!