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Karen lives in Jackson, MS, with her husband and son and works as an accountant. She enjoys writing, reading, and D&D role-playing games.

42 Ways to Increase Your Healing Energy

42 Ways to Increase Your Healing Energy

How to Create Your Own 42 card Healing Energy Deck

Solitaire is a nice card game to play to pass the time, but what if you could do something more with a simple deck of playing cards? What if instead, you could work on improving your life by targeting specific goals in creating a positive energy environment for yourself and those you love? Might that be a nice alternative to playing against "Old Sol" for the umpteenth time? Think of it as a scavenger hunt for your soul!

There are a few ways you can approach setting up your Healing Energy Deck:

  1. Use your own common playing card deck you use to play other card games,
  2. Buy a new deck just for this Healing Deck (find something that seems to speak to your own energy),
  3. Use an old deck and write on the cards just for this use,
  4. Use a tarot deck.
  5. Print out this entire article and cut out each photo and its corresponding action. Some are accompanied by videos, but the video images should still work. Use these as your "deck". (Suggestion: print on high-quality card stock. You could even laminate them and/or give them as a special homemade gift.)

Since there are 42 cards in this special Healing Deck, you will need to remove some from your regular deck of 52, or your 78 card tarot deck.

If you are using a standard deck of 52 playing cards, remove the following cards (or see table below): 2 of diamonds, 2 of spades, 3 of spades, 4 of diamonds, 5 of spades, 5 of diamonds, 6 of spades, 7 of clubs, 7 of spades, 9 of clubs. Be sure you have all Aces, 10's, and Face cards in your new Healing Deck. If you don't want to fool with removing these, you could use them as "wild" cards, and choose your own energy healing activity - or make up your own for these remaining cards.

If you are using a tarot deck, remove all minor arcana cards except the aces. (If you are using Rider-Waite, all the cards with writing on the bottom will be used - i.e. all major arcana + court cards & aces)

Now that you have your "deck", let the fun and healing commence! Below you will find the healing word along with an action to go with it which correlates to each card in your Healing Deck. Simply shuffle the cards and draw one to get you started. You could draw one, two, or three at a time, but I do not recommend more than that - the goal is to get us doing something fun and "energy" based to work on our positive energy and healing. Once you draw your first card, (with a few exceptions) you will not be sitting still for long!

The full table of cards is halfway down the list. Have fun and happy healing!

From a Standard Deck, Remove Cards in Bold

Notice ALL Hearts are used. All Aces, 10s, and Jacks, Queens & Kings are used. 10 cards will be removed.

HeartsDiamondsSpadesClubs

Ace

Ace

Ace

Ace

2

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

5

5

5

5

6

6

6

6

7

7

7

7

8

8

8

8

9

9

9

9

10

10

10

10

Jack

Jack

Jack

Jack

Queen

Queen

Queen

Queen

King

King

King

King

You Are (The Affirmation Card)

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Affirmation - Ace of Hearts

Affirmation card: Standard deck = Ace of Hearts, Tarot deck = Ace of Cups

Think about something you need a little more of today. Do you need confidence? Money? Time? Energy? Luck? Stamina? Whatever it is, write out an affirmation that says " I am full of _______ today. I have all the _____ I will ever need and then some!" Of course you are welcome to re-word it. This is just an example.

Now say it to yourself 10 times. Breathe in slowly, say the affirmation, then say it again as you breathe out. Do this at least 10 times.

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Do it over again but say it louder this time. Say it out loud, 10 times. Breathe in, Say the affirmation as you breathe out.

Repeat this exercise, getting louder each time, until you feel you are full of energy around this ____ that you need more of.

Keep the written affirmation in your pocket or purse and let this be your mantra for the day.

Road Signs (The Numbers Card)

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Numbers - Ace of Diamonds

Numbers Card: Standard deck = Ace of diamonds, Tarot deck = Ace of pentacles


Do you have a favorite number? Why or why not? Think of your birth month. In what ways is this month significant to you? Are there numbers you associate with favorite players on teams you root for? What other ways do numbers play into your everyday life?

I am an accountant in my "day" job, and have learned over the years that numbers can be both comforting and a great tool in solving problems. Having trouble making a decision? Try a pros and cons list and count them up. That's a positive use of numbers. Work out your budget after you get paid but before you spend any money. That's another one. Count calories consumed today and subtract calories expended. There's one more. Count your blessings! Can you think of others? Find a positive way to use numbers as a healing tool.

Motivating Music (The Music Card)

Music - Ace of Clubs

Music card: Standard deck = Ace of clubs, Tarot deck = Ace of Wands

Music: the universal language. Listen to your favorite song. Do you play an instrument? If so, play something. Maybe find something new to listen to, or sing or play. Singing is an excellent healing energy. Karaoke anyone? Or sing in the shower! Let your inner musician and music appreciation aficionado run wild! I find that different types of music help in different situations.

"If music be the food of love, play on!" ... William Shakesphere

Singing Bird (The Sound Card)

Sound - Ace of Spades

Sound card: Standard deck = Ace of spades, Tarot deck = Ace of swords.

Listen carefully to all the sounds around you. It is probably best to do this outside. Do you hear train whistles? Wind blowing, Horns honking? Just sit quietly and still, noticing all the sounds around you. It might help to close your eyes. Choose one of these sounds that you feel raises your energy level in a positive way. Use the memory of this sound as a calming trigger. Every time you hear it, remind yourself it is your personal calming tool. Be thankful for your sense of hearing. Acknowledge the miracle and mystery of sound.

Meditation - 2 of Clubs

Meditation card: Standard deck = 2 of Clubs, Tarot deck = High Priestess

Raise your stress ceiling. Reduce overall stress. Start sleeping better. Build confidence. Bolster your creativity. These are just a few of the good and healing energy benefits of meditation. Try this simple meditation in the video below. First thing in the morning is the opportune time, before your mind starts kicking into high gear.

Begin training yourself to practice calming breaths in stressful situations. It is amazing what this can do for your body.

Say it Loud! (The Talk Card)

Talk - 2 of Hearts

Talk card: Standard deck = 2 of hearts, Tarot deck = Justice

"Say it loud, say it clear
. You can listen as well as you hear.

It's too late, when we die
to admit we don't see eye to eye"...... Mike & the Mechanics, The Living Years


Those lyrics are so powerful to me. We do need to talk it out. Sometimes not necessarily to anyone, but we need to articulate how we feel about someone or something, and it does not always become clear to us until we have actually said it out loud. Find someone who will listen to you, or if you'd rather not share your secrets, talk into a recorder then listen back to it afterwards. Listen to yourself. Once you talk it out, your heart and head will have more room for all that good energy.

Ocean Rays (The Humility Card)

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Humility - 3 of Clubs

Humility card: Standard deck = 3 of Clubs, Tarot deck = The Hanged Man

Taking moral high ground is easy to say but not always easy to do. Here are a few exercises in humility that may help you.

  • Confess a wrong: apologize to someone, ask for forgiveness, list your regrets, then forgive yourself.
  • Find something inspiring to read, and take in a few pages or passages
  • Write or say something positive and encouraging to someone you care about.
  • Identify your strongest talents, then think of them as gifts, not achievements. Be thankful for your gifts. Make a list of how you can use your gifts to lift someone up.

Love an Animal (The Pets Card)

U.S. Marine pets dog in southern Marjah

U.S. Marine pets dog in southern Marjah

Pets - 3 of Diamonds

Pet card: Standard deck = 3 of Diamonds, Tarot deck = Empress

Share some extra T.L.C. with your furry friends. If you don't have any pets, visit someone who does, or go to an animal shelter or pet store to share some love. Look into the eyes of your pet and thank them for all the good energy they share with you! Shower them with affection and love. It feeds your soul (and theirs)!

Hand-feeding Wild Bird (The Gratitude Card)

Gratitude - 3 of Hearts

Gratitude card: Standard deck = 3 of Hearts, Tarot deck = Death

Several years back, I attended a marketing conference and one of the things we did was create a wall of gratitude. We simply put a large blank banner along one wall with the words "Wall of Gratitude" and left a bunch of markers on the floor next to it. Through out the weekend, people would come up and write down whatever they were thankful for. It was a lovely experience. Here is a link to the video we made at the end: Unseminar 6 Wall of Gratitude

For this exercise, I suggest something similar. Find a large blank piece of paper or poster board and create a nice gratitude/thankfulness related title, and write a few things down you are grateful for. Leave it in an area others will see, such as the refrigerator, with markers handy. See what magic unfolds!

Sample Field of Play (The Space Card)

Open area for your inner child to play

Open area for your inner child to play

Space - 4 of Hearts

Space card: Standard Deck = 4 of Hearts, Tarot deck = Emperor

Spend some time in an open area with plenty of space: an open field, beach, lake, large auditorium (empty), whatever. - as long as you have plenty of room to run and be silly, yet not make a fool of yourself (or do)! Give out a yell and listen to your echo. Walk, skip, jump, whatever your inner kid feels like. Allow yourself to feel free and happy! Be the little toddler who has just learned to run in circles. Hold your arms to your side and play like an airplane. Be spontaneous!

Preparing a dish (The Savor Card)

Savor - 4 of Clubs

Savor card: Standard deck = 4 of clubs, Tarot deck = Temperance

Spend time creating a favorite dish, then savor it slowly to exercise both your creative palette and your appreciation of the sense of taste. Perhaps try your own chicken soup healing recipe.

Personal Time (The Retreat Card)

Retreat - 4 of Spades

Retreat card: Standard deck = 4 of Spades, Tarot deck = The Hermit

“Stillness is the best way to create physical healing.” -- Gabrielle Bernstein

A little different from the "Time" card, where you slow down your mind, or the "Meditation" card, the "Retreat" is more about getting out of your normal space and noticing new things, new thoughts, new ways of thinking about old issues. Since this deck is focused on short term energy exercises, think of this as more of a "mini retreat". Find a fairly large and open space (there is a nice garden at our local museum I like to go to) that is not somewhere you normally spend time, outside or in. Create a calming environment in that space, whatever that means to you. Walk around this space and pay attention to every detail, clearing your mind of everything else. As you do this walking and noticing, allow your mind to drift for a few seconds at a time, then bring yourself back to the surrounding environment. Every issue is parked away, until you are ready to deal with it again. Clear the clutter and just notice the now.

Go for a Stroll (The Movement Card)

Movement - 5 of Clubs

Movement card: Standard card = 5 of clubs, Tarot card - The Devil

I'm not saying you need to climb mountains, (unless that's your thing!), but do something that involves movement - get off your duff and get out there! Discover Tai Chi. Dance like no one is watching. Go walking with a friend. Sign up for a local charity run and start training (you can usually walk if you don't want to run). Learn some simple Yoga poses. Whatever you do, do it with gusto!

Smiling Snow Owl (The Emotion Card)

Emotion - 5 of Hearts

Emotion card: Standard deck = 5 of Hearts, Tarot deck = The Tower

The most "healing" emotion is happiness. It is often elusive to those of us who consider ourselves seekers, however. One thing we can do is pretend to be happy - laugh out loud. This is a little geeky maybe but here's the thing: our body and our subconscious do not know the difference between fake laughter and real laughter. The endorphins release anyway, and our body is infused with good energy. Happiness is the ONLY emotion that does this. So ha ha ha! Laugh away! (okay you can cheat and watch something funny if you want!)

Mimicking any emotion can help to bring out our deeper feelings too. Actors do this in training - maybe that is why California is so "Zen". Try it!

Intention - 6 of Clubs

Intention card: Standard deck = 6 of clubs, Tarot deck = The Fool

Set some new goals - both short and long term, lofty and simple. Think about what you want to accomplish and how you can get there. Don't worry about whether you think you can achieve them. Be bold. Brainstorm. Let yourself dream big dreams.

Love - 6 of Hearts

Love card: standard deck = 6 of Hearts, Tarot deck = Lovers

Love is, after all, a verb, so go do it! Show someone you love some love. Or, show some love to a stranger. Be loving in some way even if it is loving yourself (create a list of things you are good at, then read it out loud, for example) There are a myriad of ways!

  • Smile at a stranger
  • Tell someone they are awesome
  • Allow yourself to feel Love
  • Share a meal
  • Give out Hugs

You get the idea - Go now!

We're #1 (The Community Card)

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Community - 6 of Diamonds

Community card: Standard deck = 6 of diamonds, Tarot deck = Judgment

Take some action toward community involvement. It does not need to be dramatic. Even if you're an introvert like me, you need human contact and to work with others toward a common good. It is energizing and rewarding. Take a look at what's out there and see what you might like to get involved in. If you're already a social butterfly, that is awesome! Do something new in the community realm, or step up something you are already doing.

Stars - 7 of Diamonds

Stars card: Standard deck = 7 of Diamonds, Tarot deck = The Star

I'm not about to get all scientific or astrological here, but think for a minute of your biggest problem. Now go look at the stars. Think about the billions of years they have existed. Think about how far away they are. How big the universe is. How many years it would take to reach the closest star (Proxima Centauri - 4.2 years). That's a pretty long drive!

Now - how big does that problem seem now?

Is it daytime? Feel free to substitute the Sky card.

Pink Sky (The Sky Card)

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Sky - 7 of Hearts

Sky card: Standard deck - 7 of Hearts, Tarot deck = The chariot

Go outside and look straight up. Nobody owns the sky. It is there for us always and provides a lovely canvass for the universe to paint a new masterpiece every few seconds. Do you see clouds? What do they look like to you? What color is the sky right now? Is it the azure blue of fall or the light sky blue of summer? Is it violet and pink and orange? Is it dawn or dusk? Can you make out any images in the sky? Clouds are natural Rorschach tests. Allow your subconscious to see what it wants in the clouds if there are any. If it's a clear day, look for different shades of blue. Imagine the whole world consists of nothing right now except for you, and the sky.

If it is fully overcast or raining, save it for a better day or draw again if you wish. Or if it's night time, substitute the star card.

Sundial - Time by nature (The Time Card)

Time - 8 of Diamonds

Time card: Standard deck = 8 of Diamonds, Tarot deck = Wheel of Fortune

Slow down and stop rushing through everything. Let some time pass as you sit and do nothing but notice being in the present. Spend some time with your own soul. Practice three slow breaths in and out. Do this at least 5 times. Try counting to 5 as you breathe in, and again as you breathe out. Stay here in this moment without worrying about how long you are there. Time, for now, is meaningless.

Floating Bear (The Weight Card)

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Weight - 8 of Hearts

Weight Card: Standard deck = 8 of hearts, Tarot deck = Strength

Weight card: Walk around for a while carrying extra weight, then set it down and appreciate the feeling of lightness. alternatively, step into a pool of water for the same effect.

Action - 8 of Clubs

Action card: Standard deck = 8 of Clubs, Tarot deck = Magician

What is one small thing you can do right now to get you closer to one of your goals? Figure it out and do it. Decide to take some type of positive action every day that will have an impact on what good you wish to achieve.

Moon Phases (The Moon Card)

Moon - 8 of Spades

Moon card: Standard deck = 8 of Spades, Tarot deck = The Moon

The moon, though subtle compared to the sun, is responsible for our calendar, our seasons, and our basic cycle of life. Check to see what phase the moon is in now. Get to know your moon cycles. This can help you learn a healthy pattern of self care. With each cycle is a symbolic meaning, which you can use to keep track of the cycle of your own well being.

  • Waning Moon: letting go, surrender, release, quiet time, contemplation, and a time of incubation.
  • New Moon: Beginnings, a fresh start, rebirth
  • Waxing Moon: Growth, manifestation, attainment, gravity
  • Full Moon: Height of power, the peak of clarity, fullness and obtainment of desire.

Keep an eye on the changes in the moon cycle and your own mental state - and use the cycles as a reminder to ask yourself how you feel.

The Full Healing Energy Deck (Columns are Sortable)

Note: table is sortable by any column

Healing Energy SourceStandard CardTarot Card

Space

4 of Hearts

Emperor

Light

10 of clubs

Page of Wands

Earth

King of Diamonds

King of Pentacles

Time

8 of diamonds

Wheel of Fortune

Fire

King of Clubs

King of wands

Wind

Jack of Spades

Knight of swords

Weight

8 of hearts

Strength

Sustenance

4 of clubs

Temperance

Intention

6 of clubs

The Fool

Giving

Queen of Spads

Queen of Swords

Pets

3 of diamonds

Empress

Stones

Jack of Clubs

Knight of Wands

Water

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Cups

Sun

9 of diamonds

Sun

Stars

7 of diamonds

Star

Moon

8 of spades

Moon

Meditation

2 of clubs

High Priestess

Sound

Ace of Spades

Ace of Swords

Action

8 of clubs

Magician

Love

6 of hearts

Lovers

Retreat

4 of spades

Hermit

Community

6 of diamonds

Judgment

Creation

10 of Diamonds

Page of Pents

Touch

Jack of Diamonds

Knight of Pents

Beauty

9 of spades

world

Music

Ace of Clubs

Ace of wands

Talk

2 of hearts

Justice

Emotion

5 of hearts

Tower

Movement

5 of clubs

Devil

color

Queen of Clubs

Queen of Wands

silence

10 of Hearts

Page of Cups

nature

Queen of Diamonds

Queen of Pents

numbers

Ace of Diamonds

Ace of Pents

spirit

9 of hearts

Hierophant

friendship

Jack of Hearts

Knight of Cups

journaling

10 of spades

Page of Swords

trust

King of hearts

King of cups

gratitude

3 of hearts

Death

humility

3 of clubs

The Hanged Man

sky

7 of hearts

Chariot

affirmation

ace of hearts

ace of cups

empathy

King of spades

King of Swords

Sun's Alright! (The Sun Card)

Sun - 9 of Diamonds

Sun card: Standard deck = 9 of Diamonds, Tarot deck = The Sun

Get your vitamin D on! Get out in that sun and reap the health benefits: 15 to 20 minutes for light to average skin, longer for medium to darker skin. Even whole milk supplemented with vitamin D doesn't get you a fraction of what you can get (and need!) from the sun. Fight cancer and a host of other diseases before they even start! Feel the warmth of the sun on your face. Be thankful for the healing energy of the sun!

Nut Gatherers (The Beauty Card)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - The Nut Gatherers (1882)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - The Nut Gatherers (1882)

Beauty - 9 of Spades

Beauty card: Standard deck = 9 of Spades, Tarot deck = The World

Find something you consider beautiful and gaze at it for a while. Art or not, if you think it is beautiful, that is all that matters. Study the piece with serious intensity. What makes it beautiful to you? What is beauty?

Pinterest is a great tool for me to do this with. I have several boards based mostly on beautiful images. Some are color based, others theme based. You could also visit a gallery or museum, or pick up a nice coffee table style book of art or photographs.

Prayer and Praise (The Spirit Card)

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Spirit - 9 of Hearts

Spirit card: Standard deck = 9 of hearts, Tarot deck = Heirophant

If you consider yourself a spiritual and/ or religious person, remember that the very acts of prayer and praise raise your energy level and well-being. Try an extra prayer today, not during your regularly scheduled prayer time but an additional few minutes to spend with your creator. Pray for yourself, pray for others, and offer praise and thanksgiving for the good in your life right now.