How to use The Mood Cards – individuals, couples, friends

Whether you are using the cards on your own, with a partner or friend there are numerous benefits.  With many ways to use the cards you will find the way that is right for you.  I suggest working with between 1 – 3 cards at a time.  Don’t rush this beautiful journey you can have with yourself and your own self-development.

Here are some suggestions on using the cards:

1.  Choose the card that resonates with how you feel in the moment

Step 1 – The image on the front – helps you to be mindful of yourself

Hold the little image against your heart or close to your chest and see what initial thoughts, feelings or physical sensations you experience.   Why did you choose that card?  How does it feel to hold the emotion so close?  What is going on inside me?  What does it look like, any colours, tension?

Step 2 – The 3 questions – helps to define, explore and move forward

Ask the questions on the back of the card and answer them in truth and honesty.  The questions are based on a 3 step cognitive behavioural therapy approach and are designed to help you look in more depth at each mood or emotion.  Question 1 helps you define, Question 2 helps to explore deeper and Question 3 looks at ways to move forward.  If you are working with a partner or friend try and expand on the questions, use them as a framework for further exploration.  They are a starting point for deeper inquiry and self-reflection.

Step 3 – The affirmation – helps to embed positive messages deep within yourself

Say the affirmation out loud.  If you like it then say it again but this time let your voice tone reflect what is needed.  For example if you are using the affirmation on the Brave card put more oomph and volume into it.

I am Brave, I am Strong I am Fearless – I am my own hero

If you are working with the Relaxed Card then allow your voice to be deeper and slower, drop an octave or two.

I am calm and relaxed.  I release stress and welcome peace and serenity

2.  Shuffle the cards and pick a card at random (like tarot or divination)

Step 1 – The image on the front – helps you to be mindful of yourself

Hold the little image against your heart or close to your chest and see what initial thoughts, feelings or physical sensations you experience.   Why do you think you got that card?  Do you like it?  Is it right for you?  Can you make sense of it?   Most times you will get the card that you need to work with.  It may or may not feel comfortable but self-awareness is not always an easy journey.  What can you learn from working this card?  Some people report doing this and getting the same card time and time again.  For example one lady got the  resentment card 5 times and even though she told herself she had gotten over her resentments deep within they were still there and hurting her. When she was finally able to let it go more cards appeared to her.

Step 2 – The 3 questions – helps to define, explore and move forward

Work the questions, find your answers.  They are there within you and the questions will prompt you to take a deeper look.   Answer in truth and honesty.  The questions are based on a 3 step cognitive behavioural therapy approach and are designed to help you look in more depth at each mood or emotion.  If you are working with a partner or friend try and expand on the questions, use them as a framework for further exploration.  They are a starting point of deeper inquiry and self-reflection

Step 3 – The affirmation – helps to embed positive messages deep within yourself

If you like the affirmation follow the steps above.  If you want you can make up your own affirmation to use.  There is no right or wrong way.  Only what is right for you.

I choose what is right for me.  I know what I need and I will make it happen

3  Lay the cards out like a spread, in colour codes or positives v. negatives

Are you more attracted by the colours.  Do you look at the words or the images?  Are you more inclined to pick the positive cards or the negative cards?  What does that tell you about yourself?  Follow the instructions above to use each card.

4 Start a diary or journal using the cards

Each day choose a card and write down how you are feeling and what you can learn about yourself by going through the process above.  Think about what else is happening in your life at that moment and how it reflects on your emotions.

5  Connect your moods and emotions to the chakras (energy points)

Where are your strengths, where are your weaknesses?  For example working with the root chakra (red), you can work with the anger card or the Strong card.  Both connect to strong root energy.   Once you’ve followed the general steps in 1 or 2 above hold the card against the chakra and visualise your strength and energy growing where needed.  I will be expanding on this in future blogs.

 

Some recent reviews on Amazon:

These cards are all about understanding and empowerment, so the affirmations can be used if they feel appropriate, or the user can come up with their own. All in all, Andrea has designed a key capable of unlocking the most complex issues and you can feel the love, experience and dedication that has gone into designing them. They are suitable for use with children and adults and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Just the process of sitting, quietly at a card and tuning in to the experience brings one into the present moment.  Pick a card and sit with it and see what it feels like inside.  I can see these cards as a very good starting point in helping folk go from a monochrome palette of description to experiencing the full creative technicolor set!

Have pondered a lot about buying these and only wish I’d acted sooner. Very helpful as part of my strategy for keeping my mind healthy

For me personally they were particularly helpful in looking at negative emotions -like fear ,anger or frustration -where it is all too easy to passively submit to destructive feelings. The cards don’t gloss over these emotions but they do help you reflect on them in a more detached way and find something more constructive in them

My daughter & I sometimes find it difficult to communicate & our relationship can be quite rocky.  These cards make an enormous difference to our ability to understand exactly how the other was feeling & the questions on each card we worked with, prompted some useful discussions which really brought us together.