Rock Bottom from The Enchanted Map oracle cards by Collette Baron-Reid.

“Surrender and acceptance are the keys to freedom.”

Notable symbols: the number ten, 10, keys, freedom, pathway, journey

Guidebook message:

As difficult as it may be to accept, it seems that you’ve reached a point where you can go no further in the same manner in which you’ve been doing things. Perhaps you’ve hit a proverbial brick wall, or experienced a deep sense of loss and don’t know where to turn. The old way of doing things must be discarded fully in order to move onward and upward. A new direction and new strategy are called for.

The only way out is through surrender. Accept things as they are, and admit that you have no idea what to do next. If you wait in the heartfelt moment of release, then a stairway will appear, like magic, and all manner of synchronicities will show you the way to higher ground. The Rock Bottom card is a sign that a miracle is about to occur, but only if you let go completely.

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The term “rock bottom” tends to have a negativity connotation. Most people associate it with sinking to the lowest possible state of being. Spirit/Source/The Divine, however, chooses to present it as an opportunity – to grow, change, seek new and more fulfilling possibilities. To take the path of least resistance. It is NOT a sign of “giving up” or “giving in,” rather it is an acknowledgement that you know and trust the journey, and trust that it is safe to let go of what is clearly no longer serving you. Or, to simply begin the process of letting go. Rock Bottom, as it is presented here today, is an opportunity to hit “reset” in your belief system. It’s reassurance that all systems are GO for a mental and spiritual do-over. (Yes, do-overs are totally possible!)

Some additional food for thought: Earlier today, I was listening to a live channeling of Abraham by Ester Hicks, and I feel it perfectly applies here. Through Ester, Abraham described to the audience what our view of failure looks like to Source energies. Now, I don’t quite remember every detail (I heard the talk well before my coffee!) but the basics are this:

Imagine that you’ve agreed to meet a friend today somewhere along a nature trail. You’ve never been on this trail before, but you looked at a map and decided upon the spot where the two of you will meet. It’s a beautiful day, you’re fully prepared and you set out on the trail. Along the way, you’re so captivated by the scenery that you veer off the trail – still safe, and still heading in the right direction. You’re totally in unfamiliar territory, but you still have your map, and our still enjoying the view. Maybe you stop and rest for a while next to a beautiful lake. Maybe you come across a canyon and turn back after taking in the view. Regardless, it’s a completely worthwhile and memorable experience. Except… you’ve now kept your friend waiting for more than an hour. Or, maybe you never made it to the meeting spot at all. Is the day ruined? Is your journey a failure?

Of course, this is a very abstract example, but I feel it’s worth opening up a dialogue with yourself and exploring how you’ve regarded times of discovery in your life. Were they truly failures? The point here is that It is not your destination that matters most, it’s the journey there, and the myriad of discoveries you make along the way.


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