Below are some of the options for how to use the Without a Net (WAN) cards. Using them with different intentions depending on the person, day, need, or situation will broaden their effectiveness and ability to inspire.
Like a coffee table book, the deck exhibits all the WAN paintings in a manageable form. For patrons of Dori’s paintings or collectors who can’t yet afford to purchase them, here is the entire compilation of the series. The reference numbers direct you to a page on withoutanet.blog where (hopefully soon) you can access the meanings and interpretations as expressed by others, as well as the artist’s original inspiration.
The WAN deck makes an affordable present for friends, family, or spiritual companions.
Use the cards as a daily guide and inspiration. Pick a card each day. First, interpret only from a visual standpoint. Use the reader guides and reminders for help. If you want to go further, read the interpretations of others to expand your take on meanings. Set the card on a table, an altar, or in your purse so you can engage with it throughout the day. See how its meaning transforms as your mind states and situations change. Keep a card journal and write about how you related to each card, what it taught you, what it inspired.
Get in the habit of writing about your daily card pick. Read about others’ journal journey to help support and validate your findings, facilitate breakthroughs, and expand your ideas. Allow intuition, chance, and symbolism guide your exploration.Watch how serendipitous happenings throughout the day validate and amplify your ideas about what the card means. A common perk of this process is that the card seems to confirm that everything in your life is happening as it should.
Pick a Stack
Go through the entire deck in the morning and pick out all the cards that describe your current mind states. Maybe stop at 10. Lay them out in a place you can encounter them throughout the day. If some of them are bad habits, they may remind you to be strong, or that you’ve “offered them up” so you can let go of worrying about them. Use the fact that they are literally separate from you to validate that you’ve already admitted and labeled the issue, and that further dissection is futile. Then let them be, offered up to a power other than you and your analytical mind. Write about your insights in your Card Journal.
Pick two cards and talk about the relationship between them. Pay attention to how your description relates to current relationships in your life. Write and share your findings.
Pick a card and have a conversation with it. Ask it anything you want to know about yourself or your situation. Write down the conversation and let the questions and answers flow freely. Some people like to use their left hand to write the answers.
Option 1: Use the cards as starting points for narratives. Use one card to sketch a saga or several cards that inspire various characters for a story. This is a powerful way to expand on the symbolism of the cards as they relate to your own psyche and imagination.
Option 2: Write a before and after story telling how the card character came to be where he/she is and where they are going next. Do it either completely from the imagination, or insert a bit of yourself in the story. Write about insights that emerge from the way your story is written, the style you’ve chosen, or any hidden messages it holds.
Research the Cards
Starting with card 1, set a task to look up each animal depicted and research its qualities and attributes. You will learn a lot, and it will affect how you read the cards.
GAMES WITH OTHERS
Group Drawing, One Card
One person draws a card and shows the group, and everyone writes down what it means to them. Give it 10 or 15 minutes. Then everyone reads what it meant to them. Talk about what surprised you about the readings of others. See what the sharing adds to your own reading of yourself.
Group Drawing, Card for Everyone
Each person draws a card. Give 10 minutes for everyone to write about how it speaks to them. Then everyone shares what it meant to them.
Use Cards to Learn Art Interpretation
The interpretations of the cards by the artist and others teach how to read symbolism and find meaning in all the elements of a work of art. Have an art class explain what the images might be trying to say.
Group Reading (2 or more)??
One person draws a card, everyone else writes down how it relates to that person. Be very kind. This is only meant for a group of people who can be completely constructive in their communication.
Read the author/painter’s original intention with the cards and discuss in a group how each person relates to the essay personally.