The 6 of Cups reversed can indicate that you are facing a situation that is triggering memories from the past and you are having a hard time moving on from them and staying in the present so you can create your future from a place of empowerment. When this card is in an upright position it is symbolic of of innocence, child like fun, generosity, and nostalgia. It asks you to approach life with child like abandon.
Painful Memories From Your Past.
When the card is reversed it highlights areas where your focus on the past is no longer serving you, and it is time to address some issues that are holding you in a pattern that is unproductive.
For example, perhaps as a child you suffered from some kind of abuse that was emotional, mental or physical and the energy of this card reversed suggests that you are still very much carrying around this hurt and pain in a way that is hindering your happiness in the present. It can also be about the general perceptions of life that we ‘downloaded’ between the ages of 0 and 6 as this is when our brain is in the most receptive state which contribute heavily to our over all beliefs and expectations about life.
Other meanings of the 6 of Cups reversed can relate to having unrealistic expectations about your life or another person and not being grounded in your approach to life. It could indicate you are being naive about something and refusing to look at something in a more practical way.
Healing the inner child.
If you have ever had any kind of psychological therapy in your life, you may be aware that many therapists advocate an approach of exploring the inner child and healing its pain. Others take the approach where they think it is therapeutic to examine the past in great detail and all its problems. This is is where people may spend years and years in therapy only to not have made much progress towards feeling better about their life.
There is however a new wave of thought and therapists who approach psychological healing in quite a different way. They don’t operate on the premise that if you deliberately spend a long time talking about the problems and the issues of childhood to address their clients pain because they believe this approach makes the problem worse. This is because the focus is on the problem, not the solution.
New Approaches to psychological healing.
A new kind of approach can be seen in the practice of ‘energy psychology’ where a client may be taught to tap on a series of Chinese meridian points throughout their body while feeling their pain to release the emotional charge of the past situation in order to be able to bring their attention and energy back into the present, and create their future from a more empowered place.
Energy psychology taps into the energy systems of the body and one of these major energy systems are our chakras. The chakras have long been seen in the west as something very esoteric and not tangible, however, modern science is able to to detect a higher electrical activity of a bundle of nerves at each point where the Chakra is known to be located. Therefore, if the flow of this electrical energy is impeded in any way, it can affect our mental and emotional well being as well as our physical well being. When we suffer a trauma or hurt in our life, it interferes with the free flow of this energy in the chakras and if it continually operates in an impeded way, it will affect our perceptions in life and ability to feel good over all.