The cards summon up and support,
what you already know deep down inside.

Even though the cards of the Nan Yar – Who Am I method are read by the brain, they stand in direct communication with the subconscious. This is how things work with everything in daily life.
Should we only be guided by what is perceived by the brain; we would be computers without any form of empathy.8 of Tools

It can even be stated our subconscious plays the major part in the way we ultimately perceive and experience life.  This can be compared to an iceberg, of which 2/9 is above surface while the remaining 7/9 is out of our immediate view and perception, even though it can confront you big time, which in turn is what determines the way you ultimately feel.

Needless to say we, in the West, live in our heads a lot; in other words spend a relatively big amount of time living in only 2/9 above water.
The discomfort of that, is that our feelings of well being, happiness, curiosity or drive, do not reside in this ‘ 2/9 direct recipient of information’ , but…as the word indicates…in our feelings, the ‘invisible’, ‘non-proven’ 7/9 of who we are.

Without this subconscious, we would be robots without feelings. This is exactly the reason why government institutions and  courts of law, often  feel totally cold, harsh and unjust, as they totally only work with 2/9 of the perceivable humane truth, while the other 7/9 of the truth resides in the unknown.

We may not always be aware,  but the biggest part of our life is shaped after and initiated by that which we cannot directly perceive.  The Nan Yar – Who Am I cards, serve as a mirror to accelerate what otherwise would be kept hidden a while longer.

Everything within our perception, the top of the iceberg, has the function to summon up what lies underneath the water, in the subconscious. We associate that which we see,hear, touch, (sensory perception) with something that also lives within our inner world, and where the brain at some point knows limitations, the possibilities in the subconscious may well be as infinite as the Universe; with the experiences we thus gather in the subconscious reflecting back to the sensory system in the ‘top’ conscious.

Basically, everything operates in cycles. Just as insects and fruits serve as food for birds, who in turn serve to spread seeds, who in turn sprout and serve as food, literally everything that takes place in life stands connected, one way or the other, with all the other occurrences in life.

Everything in the world exists for a reason.
Everything has its own life cycle and as such is connected to everything else in life.
This connectivity in all its diversity of the 3 layers, the physical, psychological and spiritual realities, (see also module 3: the 3 Realities and their Gatekeepers) is mirrored in the last card XXI  The World as depicted at the top of this module

The World has good reason to be the last all-encompassing card.
Similar to how everything in life is connected , all 78 cards of the Nan Yar-Who Am I method are also inter-connected.
The presence of one card in the pack creates the prerequisites for all other cards to exist, in numerous different combinations, interpretable in an infinite number of ways.
As such, the Nan Yar – Who Am I cards, mirror as many situations as are present in the real world and are connected to all other sources of  wisdom at the disposal of humanity.
Tools such as the Tarot, on which the Nan Yar Who Am I method is based, are also part of life for a reason and also part of a life cycle. It are media that end up in the world to serve as steppin’ stones to a next phase in the development of the human collective, starting with a few people, to gradually be adopted into a culture.

In the past 5000 years, from about 3000 BC to the end of the 19th century,- the so called Kaliyuga era-, much as changed in the fields of human thought, feelings and spiritual awareness.
9 of InsightsMoney was introduced, originally as a means to a goal, but soon became the goal. Humanity materialized placing a priority on appearances rather than a connection to the natural world, an image more real today than ever before.
And where before Kaliyuga there was an individual connection with spirituality from within;
this was now taken over by external institutions, churches, ruling their followers ‘from above’ .

Because of this, the capacity to source from ones own inner knowing, was overruled by cultural rules and regulations generated by the outside world (not to be confused with card XXI The World , which consists of an outer ánd an inner world.) thus moving esoteric knowledge to secret societies that only few were privileged to know about.

On the one hand this turned the individual person more into a member of the community, while on the other hand it in fact isolated the ‘ordinary’ individual from The World with the natural connection to the inner world and the insights that belong to it being severed and out of reach of that community.

These changes however are certainly not just negative; they are also part of a development. Learning curves for (wo)mankind, inspiring  awareness, enabling people to learn and distinguish night from day, darkness from enlightenment.2 of Challenges (as depicted in the Nan Yar – Who Am I card 2 of Challenges: Dilemma.)

When Greek philosophers appear on the world stage, a new growing awareness is introduced in the way people think, with the individual becoming aware of having  an I-consciousness; initiating a quest to (re) discover the relationship between humanity and The World , the inner world and the outer world. This as opposed to earlier peoples who were guided by their Faraos and other leaders and regarded their leader as their god.

It is in the narratives of Homer that the first individual life stories, biographies and character descriptions are being displayed and it is a Greek diary in which someone refers to himself as ‘I’ for the first time in written history.

This historic phase in human development can be compared on the individual scale of a life time with a child around the age of 3, when it refers to itself  as ‘I’ for the first time and recognizes its own individuality.  It is basically then, it starts to create its own life story and becomes its own Storyteller

The esoteric sources from which the Marseille Tarot originates and from which Wisdom is handed down to humanity so it can further develop itself, were still kept hidden in Greek-Roman times. They were only accessible for initiates, priests and mystics.
At the sacrifice of ones life, it was forbidden to divulge any secret knowledge, as the awakening I-consciousness of ordinary people was still at the age of a toddler.

In the Middle Ages, the church ruled, – and moreover controlled- , the I-consciousness. While the Church was very much awareV. The Pope of this inner knowledge available to humanity it tried everything to keep these sources away from their flocks. The last thing religious institutions especially in those days wanted, was to have an independent parishioner with a mind of its own. (also see module 1: Earth,Breath, Presence)
To have ones personal spiritual connection was strictly forbidden. In the 7 prerequisites to live on earth (also see module 3: The 3 Realities and their Gatekeepers) inner spiritual life is therefore shown in disguise as V: The Pope, number 5, the number of the human being and the quintessence of life, the core.  (also see: module 5: People and Numbers)

Only as predecessor of the period of Enlightenment that would follow the Middle Ages did the Tarot appear in the world. As with other esoteric knowledge it took some time to be recognized as a Tool to explore ones inner world with.  To begin with it was used as a regular card game. Only later was it used to predict the future with, mostly with a (clairvoyant) third person interpreting the cards, rather than in dialogue with oneself.

Until this very day, the Tarot is used in a wide variety of interpretations, mostly by third parties interpreting the dialogue created through the cards.
The structure and composition of the Tarot however, with her archetypes, suits and number characteristics (also see module 4: The 4 colors: Challenges,Insights, Gifts & Tools)  define the cards as a perfect medium to distill your own insights in dialogue with yourself, while staying close to who you really are, with the Nil-card, The Storyteller from the Nan Yar – Who Am I method, serving as your personal guide.

In daily life you can apply the Nan Yar Who Am I personal Development method to draw a card every now and again and  interpret it with your own associative thinking, a natural gift rendered to every developing human being, safe-guarded in your subconscious); combined with what you know about the meaning of Numbers,Colors en Archetypes as discussed in the 7 modules of this course.

More extensive card readings, such as the drawing of 3 cards:  recent past- present-near future, or the so called ‘Celtic Cross’ displaying 10 cards enconpassing the present situation and its possible outcomes (for you to interpret!), are further explained in the Nan Yar Who Am I group training and individual sessions and in the Life Make Over Journey Book.

Since ‘walking’ and ‘thinking’ draw from the same source of lifeforce”,  the group training, individual sessions and Life Make Over Journey Book, also offers breath- and bodywork exercises from The Body language of Energy’ to support the energies of personal development.

The ‘Nan Yar all cards’ page is one of the pages on the energy counseling website which offers the opportunity to draw your cards on line and source information on the meaning and background of all 78 cards.
Scrolling down on the same page you’ll find a small shop to buy the Nan Yar – Who Am I personal development cards with an explanatory booklet, or one of these products separately,  or the download of the booklet that comes with the cards.

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Ingrid Schippers