“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
Welcome to Week Seven of our journal challenge. If you missed the start you can go here to catch up on the tools you’ll need, and to find links to previous weeks.
This week, starting on September 13, is a time for focus. There is a need for us to work out what is wishful thinking (we talk about it all the time but never do it, because in truth our heart’s not in it), and what are the things that truly inspire a commitment from us. We are being called to choose our focus, to set our intention, and then to begin taking action.
We’ll also look at the things we really DO want, but where we are blocked from starting because we expect too much from ourselves, and can’t bear the thought of failure if we cannot make our dream fly.
To find happiness and contentment in life, to have a life that’s worth living – one that gets us up in the morning, no matter what the weather or our mood – we need to have a purpose or a goal, something to which we can commit. And then we can let our life be shaped by that passion.
Weekly Structure Reminder
Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:
- We will begin with the short guided meditation for the week, using your guidance stone. During this meditation you’ll be given a colour to work with for the week, and a word or phrase.
- We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead
- We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
- We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.
1. Guided Meditation
Take your guidance stone and sit or lie quietly. Then simply follow the sound of my voice. You’ll need seven minutes.
When the meditation is complete, write down your power colour and your power word or phrase in your journal.
- How can you use your Power Word this week? Write a few ideas, based on your word. Trust whatever comes and write it down. Don’t overthink it.
- What does your Colour mean to you? What words or ideas does it provoke? Write them down. This week, use this colour to boost your energy. Shut your eyes for thirty seconds and breathe it into your body whenever you feel a bit flat or low. Wear it as clothing. Choose flowers in your colour. Eat food that colour. Be creative with it.
2. Oracle Card
Take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck. As you’re shuffling, ask the question‘What do I most need to focus on this week?’ Say it out loud or hold it as a thought in your head. Either will work.
Choose one card. How you choose is up to you. Split the deck. Fan them out. Top or bottom. Dive right in. There is no right or wrong.
Now look at your card and hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand. Really look at the card. Don’t use the book or the ‘proper’ meaning. We are being intuitive here, people! What stands out for you in the picture? What thoughts and ideas do the images provoke? Take a minute or two and write those thoughts down. I know, you might feel like you’re just making it all up. That’s okay. Write anyway. Trust that there is a part of you that is wise and that has been waiting for this chance to speak with your conscious mind.
Here’s my first page for this week. My colour and power word are both an encouragement and a caution to me. Go forward, Nicole, they seem to say. Plan, dream, take action. But only do what you can manage. :
3. Week Seven Journal Prompt
On the very back page of your journal write the words MY PROJECT. Now take a few minutes and flip through what you’ve already written in your journal in the previous weeks. Look for evidence of the project or action that is truly in your heart. You may have mentioned it more than once. You may have already underlined it as being a ‘seed’ from last week’s activity. It might be a major life decision, an activity, something health related, a course of study, or even some personal healing or self-growth.
The reason you need to choose it as your project is because thinking about it makes your heart sing. And possibly freak out a bit too. Or worse, every time you look at it you want to cry, because it’s the BIG THING. Your major block or procrastination. The thought you might not ever do this is horrifying, but the thought of failing at it is even worse.
If you want to put it down as your project because you should finish it, or start it or do it, then scratch it off. Anything that is a should isn’t your heart’s desire. It’s actually a false god, whose head needs to be chopped off. That’s not love or passion or deep desire – that’s duty. We don’t have time for duty on our project list. Our project list is only for things that truly call to us. Things to which we know we can commit.
If there are a few, that’s okay too.
Write a description of the project, or the projects, on the last page of your journal. Here’s mine (and as you might be able to tell, I was journalling from bed this morning!):
Now flip back to where you are working on this week’s tasks.
Answer the following questions:
- Write a brief (or long) description of your project.
- What resources do you already have, and what might you need to actually make a start on this project?
- When you think about this project being successfully completed, how does that make you feel?
Write as little or as much as you want.
Do this once, or write a little every day. Whatever works for you. Hold your guidance stone in your non-writing hand or place it on your lap or beside you while you write.Genuinely seek to connect with what matters to you.
Here’s my beginnings. I’m excited. There is much to explore here. But truth be told I also feel a bit sick. Because. You know. This is the BIG ONE. What if I screw it up?
Using the Gratitude Rock:
The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day. You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed. At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.
As you hold the stone say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life. Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today. Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.
Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this journalling challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.
Say Thank you. I Bless You. I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.
Happy exploring through words this week! Let your Power Word and Colour guide you. Think on the wisdom you’ve taken from your oracle card. Use it all! And remember to pop over to facebook and let us know how you’re going. I always love to hear from you.
Much love, Nicole <3 xx