Come and Find Me (Review)
BIT Tarot Challenge: Field of Poppies

Book Gems #7 Inside-Out Healing

Inside outIn the spirit of Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle, Inside-Out Healing: Transforming Your Life Through the Power of Presence by Richard Moss takes readers by the hand and reveals how the root of much of the world's suffering (unquestioned thoughts) rob us of joy, peace, equanimity, love--even overall health and vitality. I'm on Chapter 2 of Inside-Out Healing, and am thrilled that yet another helpful book on inquiry has made it to the market. Below is an excerpt:

The sad fact is that we’re not educated to be aware and therefore able to question the reality created by our thinking. We don’t realize that we must take responsibility for our thoughts to find out if they are really true, and then set aside or at least acknowledge those that are simply opinion and bias. We don’t recognize that most thoughts are ultimately judgments, and that the truth of any judgment is how that judgment makes us feel.

Ultimately, the problem with thinking is not merely that you believe your thoughts, but that you build your identity—your sense of self—with them. It is identification with what you tell yourself about yourself: that you are a good person (or not), a lovable person (or not), a smart person (or not), and so on. And that becomes who you believe yourself to be.

This imagined self is the ego. The ego is not an entity, not something real like your body; it is a way of processing information that leads to a false assumption that you are a separate self. At the level of the ego, it never occurs to you that you are also that which can be aware of all those thoughts—aware of all the ways you (as an ego) interpret you perception and feelings. In other words, as an ego, you believe yourself to be outside and separate from life and everyone and everything else instead of part of a divine wholeness.

What is most important here isn’t to focus on the broader problem of ego or thinking in general. Rather, it’s vital to see how you hurt yourself unnecessarily day by day with your own thinking so that you can stop doing it. You suffer because of the thoughts you have about yourself and the situation, not because of who you really are or what the situation actually is.

Click here to purchase Inside-Out Healing from Amazon, and here to get it on Kindle. To visit the author's website, please go to To visit the publisher's website (Hay House), click here.

If you liked this Book Gem, check out my related post 4 of Swords and Painful Thoughts.

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013) 



I just finished reading my first Byron Katie book, "I Need Your Love - Is That True?" per a recommendation I saw on your blog a few weeks ago. I am still in the process of reflecting on everything I learned from it, even though the ideas behind her philosophy are rather simple. Until you posted this topic here, I didn't realize other authors were also investigating Inquiry. That is very interesting!

I checked out the link to your previous blog post about the IV of Swords. That was a completely new thought to me - to connect Tarot to The Work (or any other subject, for that matter.)

I am still new to Tarot, so understanding how to integrate its concepts into everyday life and not just look at it as its own entity is new to me. But I love all the new perspectives your blog opens up and I especially love when you demonstrate ways to utilize Tarot to the full!

Janet Boyer

The Work is amazing, isn't it? It's something that has to be practiced, though, via the Judge Your Neighbor Worksheets (and bringing up strong, unpleasant emotions) for it to really dig to the root of stressful thoughts.

Tarot connects to everything! At least, it can (and should)! That's how I see and teach something that embodis and reflects the "real world" out there. Do you have my first book Back in Time Tarot, by any chance? In it, I show readers how to begin with any memory (or book, movie, song, news item, etc.) and connect the components of that memory to Tarot cards.

My BIT Method, as I call it, results in the reader imbuing Tarot cards with THEIR insights, impressions and intuitive connections...connected to the "real world" we live in.

Thank you for your kind words about my blog! Your comments are very appreciated. :o) By the way, if there is ever any specific topic you'd like me to blog about (Tarot or otherwise), please don't hesitate to let me know, OK?


No I do not have your book yet. Obviously I have seen it mentioned, but I didn't know that was the premise: Connecting the "real world" to Tarot. I guess I just assumed your book was an advanced method of Tarot that I am still too novice to understand yet. I should not make assumptions! :)

Janet Boyer

Oh no, it's for everyone...ESPECIALLY beginners! Check out the BIT Tarot Snapshots category here to discover more Start with this post:

Isn't it fun? I'll be doing more BIT Snapshots here (thanks for the nudge!)


Yes I was just checking out the "Field of Poppies" snapshot and posted on that topic. Need advice for getting started? My mind isn't making any obvious connections with Tarot. Do I have the wrong deck? Am I not psychic enough? :)

Janet Boyer

No, it hasn't nothing to do with being psychic! I may just be that you're having a hard time coming up with real-word associations because a Pirate Tarot centers around a specific theme.

Are you familiar with the Wizard of Oz movie? If so, then think about how the field looked, their reaction to it, and what happened afterwards. It looked beautiful, but turned out to be a trick from the WW of the W. By going through a Tarot deck, you can select whatever card seems to sum up some aspect of the poppies based on the card image, name, stance of the figure, and so on. Does that make sense?


I liked the Pirate deck because the faces seemed to have a lot of expression. Also I just happen to like skulls and steampunk and pirates. :)

And yes, I'm very familiar with the Wizard of Oz, because I grew up in Kansas. In fact, I have come to resent the movie so much after having moved away from the state, so maybe that's why I'm blocked on this particular subject too. hehehe

And I see what you're saying - and you elaborated on this in your BIT post but I didn't pick up on it at first:

But I need to break down the components of the scene, not just "which card matches the flowers." I need to think about all the different elements in order to make the connection personal.

Janet Boyer

That could very well be it! These mini-BIT Snapshots are offshoots of complete, multi-faceted ones. Once you start to become fluent in the BIT Method (after a few times, you're start thinking in BIT, trust me LOL) becomes easier.

So you could just think of what the pictures I posted remind you of, or the promise/effect they had in the movie, etc. and match a card (or cards) with the various aspects.

For example, on Twitter, Johanne_4 Tweeted for this image: "7 of Swords. Looks pretty, but it's a trick! watch out!"

Can you see how she came to that association? (Which isn't right or's personal.)


Yes I do see the 7 of Swords, even in my pirate deck, as the lady pirate is very leery in her approach.

For me, I came up with the Ace of Pentacles, because his face is hiding behind a coin. Made me think of the witch hiding in her castle, watching Dot & Crew walk through the field of poppies.

(I'll admit it's been several years since I've seen the movie, but the witch DID watch them, didn't she? Didn't she have a crystal ball or a cauldron or something she saw them in?)

Otherwise, I chose the IV of Wands, simply because there are 4 people on the card - signifying Dot, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion.

I know there are no "right or wrong" answers, but are these okay??

Janet Boyer

Sure! In my book, I advise keeping a journal with all your associations. If you use multiple decks, you could have a journal for each deck--and the individual BIT Tarot Snapshots.

The reason I recommend this is not only for retention, but also because different decks will give you different insights.

For example, the Ace of Pentacles in your Pirate's deck may represent furtiveness or hiding behind something or even watchfulness per your personal connection with the witch in the movie (and the specific imagery).

So when you go to read for yourself, or someone else, with that particular deck--and the Ace of Coins shows up--you'll have short-cut meanings to apply to the question at hand.

But if you use a different deck, you may find that another card would better represent, say, furtiveness, hiding, watching, etc.

Does that make sense?

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