GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE QUESTION
We often think we know what we’re asking about. Something is on our mind and it fills up our heart, so we grab our Lenormand deck and draw a few cards.
That’s less than ideal, though.
Rushing to our Lenormand table or asking questions that are only partially chewed on will usually produce fuzzy answers.
It pays to ponder a question a little more deeply before sitting down to draw its cards, because an answer will almost always mirror the quality of its question. This is true of any practice, including science.
But in the process of pondering, we could easily drift with our imagination to different places and cause our whole mindset become even fuzzier.
That’s why it helps to follow a few steps to formulate our question effectively.
I suggest four simple steps to get to the heart of the question.
If you’re getting ready to do a reading, it’s a good time to take out your journal.
1. ASK THE QUESTION
Start off with the question as it comes to your mind. The first, unedited cut so to speak.
What are you asking? Is it a predictive type of question? How to solve a problem? A certain outcome? What to do about a certain situation?
Whatever your question is, start by acknowledging it as it comes to you. It’s always a good idea to write it down, especially if you’re just getting started with the Lenormand cards or with the process of getting to the heart of the question.
2. DRILL DOWN INTO THE QUESTION
This the fun part.
Ask yourself why you’re asking this question: Why do you want to ask it to the cards? Why do you want to know something ahead of the game? What do you want to know exactly?
And then ask yourself more questions about these questions.
Why is this a problem? How big of a deal is it? So what if it does or doesn’t happen? How will you feel if it does happen? How will you feel if it doesn't happen? What can you do about it?
The “So what?” and “Why” questions often come in handy at this point.
In business consultancy, the “why” question is often used to drill down into the cause of a problem or the importance of a business goal. We ask why this happened every time we give an explanation until we get to the root cause of an issue. We ask why this goal is important every time we give an explanation until we get to the heart of our mission.
The same thing happens with asking question when you’re consulting your Lenormand oracle.
You keep asking the why’s and so-what’s of your question until you feel like you’ve gotten deeper into your issue.
In truth, just doing this drill-down process helps you soul-search. Asking questions within a question is bit like moving through a maze until you achieve insight about what the issue really is.
3. LAND ON YOUR NEW QUESTION
As you drill-down and drill-down some more, you could feel at some point like you’ve ‘landed’ on the real issue.
This ‘landing’ can be accompanied by an intuitive resonance and/or an ‘aha’-type of feeling.
But it’s also okay if the process remains wholly intellectual. The key is to go beyond your initial question into something a little more substantial.
And of course it does happen that your first question gets to the heart of the matter and there’s no need to drill down.
4. REPHRASE YOUR QUESTION
Now that you’ve landed on what’s really behind your question, restate your issue into a new question - and write it down.
Take note of how different it is from your first question as it could tell you something about your thought process.
And when you're ready draw your cards and see how they answer your question. As you take notes of your reading, consider how getting to the heart of your question helped you interpret your cards better.
Here’s a real-life example of a question I’ve been asked:
“I want to change my job very soon. I would like more responsibilities and a better salary. I could have an opportunity to change jobs but I’m also in discussion with friends about a potential business opportunity. I’m very career-oriented and I want to know if both the new job and the business will work out.”
We can see that there are plenty of career issues on this person’s mind, so right off the bat we should help him prioritize them. Career happiness and meaningfulness appear to be at the heart here, but let’s walk our client through the process and ask questions like: What matters most to you in your career? How is the current scenario not fulfilling that? How will the new job or the business fulfill that?If only one option materialized how would you feel? Do you really want to be both an employee and business owner? And so on.
With this client, it turned out that owning a business is much less guaranteed to help him on his next career steps than the new job. The business was also in phases far too early to have any meaningful effect on our client’s work life in the near term. So while we didn’t dismiss the business altogether, it made a lot more sense to focus on a job change to help our client improve the benefits that meant most to him at the time: Better income and more or different responsibilities.
OTHER USES FOR GETTING-TO-THE-HEART PROCESS
Getting to the heart of anything is a very helpful process.
Apply this process to any problem you’re dealing with, and it will help you deal with it better. This includes work, relationships, and even administrative issues that you’re working through.
Thinking through it to get to the heart of the problem can save you lots of time and heartache. It’s practically an exercise in focus and the more you focus, the more efficient and effective you’ll be.
With Lenormand’s cards and other divination practices, the process is often a little more spiritual, so when you get to the heart of the question, you’re also getting into your heart more!
P.S. Getting to the heart of your answer through your Lenormand layouts can deliver a deeply satisfying reading
If you want to ask insightful question, draw matching layouts for them and get plenty of insight out of your reading, try Lenormand Reader’s Handbook Of Layouts offers detailed guides to laying out and interpreting the cards.