Card Deck

The Playground of Possibilities

Card Deck


BUY A DECK via my campaign page on the Next Chapter crowdfunding site. Yes, even though my crowdfunding campaign there is finished (thank you to all my backers!), you can still place an order and pay there.


Scroll down the list of rewards in the right-hand column of the campaign page – choose “Transform” for 1 deck (US$20 + postage), “Connect” for 1 deck plus a 30-minute, one-on-one Skype call with me (US$50 + postage), “Energise” for 3 decks (US$60 + postage), “Dream” for 5 decks (US$100 + postage) or “Inspire” for 10 decks (US$200 + postage). US$20 per deck = about HK$150 – and I offer free postage within Hong Kong.



PoP card deck box front and back 3feb2018


Ive created a deck of 52 cards, with 52 questions for you to ask yourself, to prompt you to let go of your old, limiting thoughts, beliefs and stories about yourself and the world, choose more useful ones, take inspired action, and experiment playfully with new, more resourceful ways of thinking and being.


Order a deck, or several decks, or even a deck plus a one-on-one Skype call with me, via the Next Chapter crowdfunding site.


Ill donate 5% of the proceeds from sales of the card deck to KELY Support Group, an organisation here in Hong Kong that runs peer support, mentorship and leadership development programs for people aged 14-24.


Every question in the deck starts with “What would be possible for me if I…?” For example:

  • I loved myself?
  • I took off my mask?
  • I let go of all my excuses?
  • I didn’t always have to be right?
  • I took the first step?
  • I was grateful for everything I already have / do / am?
  • I trusted the Universe and myself?
  • I knew for certain that I’m worth it?


Simply by asking yourself the questions, imagining the possibilities and noticing how you might be sabotaging yourself with unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and stories, you’ll see more options and feel inspired to take bold action. And youll approach life with more love, joy, trust, compassion, integrity, forgiveness, resilience, gratitude, courage, confidence, tolerance, responsibility, serenity, mindfulness, playfulness…


Heres what some people have said about the deck:
“I believe that the world will welcome the Playground of Possibilities with open arms.”
“This is brilliant! Just what I need! Thanks Kay!”
“I have been listening to my body’s messages as per the card I picked from the Playground of Possibilities. I am learning a huge amount about myself and learning a great lesson for life.”
“The questions that you post in the Playground of Possibilities keep me positive, productive and purposeful.”
“Your cards are amazing because they combine creativity, arts, spirituality and practicality.”
“What a neat idea and way of playfully sparking awareness of new possibilities!”


The deck is for you (and people like you) if:

  • you’re already familiar with and interested in personal/spiritual development and healing
  • you like books and card decks and workshops about personal/spiritual development and healing
  • you’re enthusiastic about doing the work – and play – of examining and transforming your old, limiting, unresourceful thoughts, beliefs, stories and behaviours
  • you’re willing to accept responsibility for your life
  • you sometimes catch yourself slipping back into your old bad habits and self-critical thoughts
  • you’re a coach, healer, therapist, bodyworker or trainer looking for a fun, simple tool to use with your clients – individually or in groups – so they heal and thrive




And the deck is NOT for you if:

  • you’re a “Negative Nelly” who blames everyone and everything else for the state of your life
  • you automatically say “Yes, but you have to be realistic” to every suggestion
  • you’re not willing to do the work – and play – of examining and transforming your old, limiting, unresourceful thoughts, beliefs, stories and behaviours
  • you have no interest in the spiritual dimension of life
  • you expect a magic quick-fix pill for all your problems


Disclaimer: This is not a fortune-telling deck. And I’m not saying this card deck is the ONLY solution to ALL of your problems. It’s one tool for you to experiment with and enjoy, so use it in conjunction with all the other tools and processes you use to heal your stuff and live the life you want.


How to use the deck


Heres a short video I filmed in my friend Susies lovely garden, about how to use the cards – Im using my hand-made prototype deck:


I’d love to hear your questions and comments about the questions in the deck, how you use the deck, and the results you’ve experienced. Contact me.


For yourself

  • Once a day, or any time you want, get calm and relaxed, hold the deck, and think of an issue or challenge or opportunity you’re facing, or a decision you need to make. Or simply ask out loud: “What’s the message for me today?”
  • Tap your knuckles on the deck three times, with the questions face down – that clears the deck of the energy of the previous time it was used by you or anyone else.
  • Shuffle the deck. One card will pop up or fall out of the deck or seem to call out to you, or maybe your fingertips will tingle as you touch a card. Trust that it’s the right card, with a special meaning just for you.
  • Ponder how the question applies to you and your situation, trust that your own interpretation is the right one, take inspired action, and pay attention to the feedback from the Universe. I deliberately do NOT tell you what every question means – I invite you to decide what it means for YOU.
  • If the question really doesn’t resonate with you, no problem, pick another card.
  • I know you probably won’t love every question. That’s OK. Some questions might even press your buttons – they’re meant to!
  • Make your answer be about your thoughts or behaviour, not anybody else’s. And make it be about the positive outcomes that would be possible for you, not a punch on the nose!
  • If you receive the Joker card, insert a question that’s meaningful and thought-provoking for you – trust that you know the question that needs answering.
  • If you find it too scary or unbelievable or un-you-like to take a certain action (e.g., “What would be possible for me if I loved myself?” or “What would be possible for me if I asked for help?”), soften the question by adding a phrase: “What would be possible for me if I gave myself permission to love myself?” or “if I trusted that it’s safe for me to ask for help?” or “if I allowed myself to love myself?” or “if I was willing to ask for help?” Baby steps.
  • Most importantly, let the cards guide you with love, light and playfulness.


With a group of people


I love using the card deck with a group of people. Almost invariably, when someone receives a card, they say: “Oh, that’s the perfect question for me!”


  • Invite everyone to get calm and relaxed, and to think of an issue or challenge or opportunity they’re facing. They don’t have to say out loud what that is if they don’t want to.
  • Pass the deck around the circle so that everyone has a turn.
  • Remind everyone to tap three times on the deck before they shuffle (see the instructions above in the “For yourself” section).
  • Offer tips about how to pick a card (see the instructions above in the “For yourself” section).
  • Once someone has received a card, invite them to comment on how it applies to them (again, they don’t need to say what their issue was if they don’t want to).
  • If someone really doesn’t see the relevance of a question, that’s OK – invite them to shuffle again and choose another card.
  • After someone has chosen a card and spoken about it (if they want to), ask them to put that card back into the deck so that the next person has the full deck of 52 questions to choose from.


Another method is to spread all the cards randomly, with the questions facing down, on a table or on a nice piece of fabric on the floor. Invite everyone to think of their issue or challenge or opportunity. All together or one at a time, they choose the card that seems to be calling out to them. Have a group conversation about the experience.


With your clients, if youre a coach / healer / therapist / counsellor / trainer


You probably see bigger, greater, higher possibilities for your clients than they see for themselves.


Many coaches, healers, therapists, counsellors and trainers I know have said they use the card deck with their clients, either one-on-one or in groups. “Its an ideal tool for coaches and trainers alike to add on to your resourceful tool-bag!,” said one friend.


See the instructions above in the “For yourself” and “With a group of people” sections – they’ll also apply to your work with your clients..


If you’re working one-on-one, face-to-face with a client, shuffle the deck yourself and pick a card, or invite them to shuffle the deck and pick a card. If you’re working at a distance and your client doesnt have a deck, ask them about the issue theyre dealing with, then shuffle the deck yourself on their behalf and pick a card for your client. Trust that it’s the right one. Ask your client how the question might be relevant to their issue  I encourage you NOT to tell a client what a particular question means (unless they ask about the definition of a word).


Or use the deck with your clients in whatever way feels appropriate and resonates for you, and that complements your process and philosophy.


I’d love to hear your questions and comments about the questions in the deck, how you use the deck, and the results and your clients have experienced. Contact me.


Order and pay for a deck, or several decks, or even a deck plus a one-on-one Skype call with me, via my campaign page at the Next Chapter crowdfunding site. Yes, even though my crowdfunding campaign is finished, you can still order a deck there.


The retail price is US$20 per deck (that’s HK$150), plus postage – and I offer free postage within Hong Kong.


In Hong Kong,  the decks are stocked at these venues:

All About You Centre
10A, Wing Cheong Commercial Building, 19-25 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2992 0828

Balance Health
2705, 27/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3-5 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2530 3315

Eight branches around Hong Kong


Wholesale enquiries


Do you own or manage a business  for example, a bookshop, a gift shop, a holistic health clinic, a spa retreat, a doctors clinic, a school, a corporation…?


Or do you present or manage workshops, conferences or festivals about personal development and healing?


And do you want to give or sell the card decks to your customers, clients, members, students, staff…?


Contact me about buying in bulk (i.e., 20 decks or more) at wholesale rates.





– Upcoming Events


Life is a Playground of Possibilities


Thursday November 8, 7pm-9.30pm (to be confirmed)
All About You Centre, 10A Wing Cheong Commercial Building,
19-25 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

HK$400 (and if you’d like to buy a deck of cards to take home, it’s just $120 on the day)


In this public workshop/playshop (in English, for people aged 15+), we’ll use the card deck, some meditative/mindfulness exercises, and some co-operative improv games, so that you let go of your old, limiting thoughts, beliefs and stories about yourself, choose more useful ones, see bigger possibilities for yourself, and improvise more resourceful, joyful ways of being.


I’ve presented it several times in Hong Kong, twice at the 2015 annual conference of the international Applied Improvisation Network in Montreal, Canada, and once in Darwin, Australia. Here’s what some participants have said:

  • “I don’t know what happened last night but I feel like I have had some sort of shift. I feel so calm and contented today.”
  • “Thanks for making the experience meaningful and fun. As a facilitator, you are fun, engaging and able to get your point across, without imposing your views. I enjoyed every part of the session and am now putting what I learned into practice.”
  • “Collective magic, under your careful guidance, at work! What a lovely thing to participate in!”
  • “Everyone unanimously agreed that your workshop is wonderful, playful, and so clearly facilitated from your heart.”
  • “It was exactly what my day rather my week, rather the past few months have needed – a light and stimulating session that reinforces a recognition and appreciation of the abundance in our lives, and more importantly a subtle, natural and innate confidence to act upon it.”
  • “I attended the Playground of Possibilities workshop with Kay on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Kay introduced us to a range of practical activities based upon using her PoP card deck and improvisation games. By participating in these upbeat activities, we were able explore in a safe and supported way, how our instilled and conditioned mindsets, beliefs and stories about ourselves and the world impact on our body, our behaviour and our choices. As a High school Psychology teacher the workshop helped me to start thinking about how the cards may complement the work I do with the teens I teach to help them become more self aware and manage their stress levels more effectively. It was a lot of fun. Thank you Kay!”


Handmade Hong Kong Sunday Market


I’ll have a stall, selling my card decks at the “Handmade Hong Kong” Sunday market in Discovery Bay Plaza, Hong Kong, on October 14, November 11, November 25 and December 9, 11am-6pm. I’ll donate 5% of all revenue to KELY Support Group. I hope to see you there.


– Past Events



The Power of “What if…?” Coaching Questions and an Improv Mindset


I led a two-hour workshop for coaches, trainer and facilitators in Hong Kong on Thursday evening June 14, 2018, presented by the Hong Kong International Coaching Community. It was an exploration of how they could use “What if?” questions and some improvisational activities with clients, AND themselves. Because the stories we tell ourselves matter, and life and work don’t come with a script.



The Conscious Festival by Green Is The New Black
Saturday April 21 – Sunday April 22, 2018, at the PMQ complex, Aberdeen Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
I led an icebreaker process at the Unconference on Friday April 20, and was one of the speakers (for 15 minutes) in the “MIND: Expanding Consciousness” session on Saturday morning April 21.


Horizen – Journey Inward
Saturday March 24, 2018, 8am-5pm, Hong Kong
An event presented by Balance Health here in Hong Kong. I was one of several healers and health facilitators from around the world presenting sessions – my 75-minute session gave participants a taste of using the card deck and exploring what it’s like to live as if life is a Playground of Possibilities.


Saturday March 17, 2018, 2pm-5pm, Hong Kong
A free, playful workshop presented by Cola Paclibar from GVOM (Good Vibes Only Movement). Cola is passionate about creating positive content and shifting mindsets to focus on the good things in life. She invited me to lead a warm-up activity and an improvisational game that gave participants an experience of The Playground of Possibilities.


Saturday March 10, 2018, 12.30pm-6pm, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
I was one of the speakers at this TEDx event. The theme was “Unscripted”, and I spoke about how life is an improvisation game and a playground of possibilities. Here’s the video of my talk (15m 8s): “Welcome to the Playground of Improvisational Possibilities | Kay Ross | TEDxHKPolyU”


I also performed an improv set with two of my improv friends, Christopher Coleman and Namrata Bindra. For that one-off performance, we called ourselves TEDxcellent Improv. Here’s the video (16m 5s): “Unscripted Improv | TEDxcellent Improv | TEDxHKPolyU”


I’m also available for workshops and talks at companies, organisations, conferences…

Contact me if youd like me to run a workshop or give a talk.


The Playground of Possibilities in the news


  • “Monster Baby #42 Beyond Beliefs” – a podcast episode by improvisers Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland (audio, 59m 43s). The “Monster Baby” podcast is “a curious romp through the world of mindfulness and improvisation”. In this episode, Ted and Lisa draw on my adaptations of the “New Choice” (24:48) and “Story Spine” improv games to talk about transforming limiting beliefs (31:11).
  • A Facebook Live video – my conversation with Nicole Denholder of the Next Chapter crowdfunding platform (4m 30s).



  • In this episode of the “Hong Kong Confidential” podcast, I chat with the lovely host (and fellow ex-Adelaide girl) Jules Hannaford about The Playground of Possibilities, the card deck and several other topics.






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With love, laughter and thanks – Kay Ross in Hong Kong
Your Head Tour Guide in The Playground of Possibilities