“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.”
― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
That’s the thing about change. It requires room. Change’s very essence is about allowing for things to evolve, to become different, to be altered from what they are now. But how can that happen if your life is already crammed to capacity with being and doing? How can you grab hold of the new if your hands are already full?
This week we’re going to look at how we can begin to make room for the things that matter to us.
It will mean letting go of, or temporarily putting aside, some of the the things we’re currently giving energy to so that there is space for what’s coming.
Are you ready for that?
Good! Let’s go.
Count Your Blessings!
Writing our Blessings down provides a concrete reminder of the everyday good and everyday magic already present in our lives. This simple practice draws more abundance into our lives by focusing our attention on what matters to us.
Again this week write down three blessings in your life every day – three simple things for which you are grateful. When we count our Blessings we are inviting positive energy into our lives and putting ourselves into a receptive and abundant state of mind.
Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for Australia’s Outback, because being under this wide blue sky makes my heart feel free.
Affirm the Positive!
Take your rock from Week Three and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the third rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.
Select the fourth rock from the eight you selected at the start of this course. This is your fourth Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.
Hold this fourth stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life that you want to change. This week we’re focusing on what we ARE READY FOR. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe.
Here are some examples:
I am ready for a Soul Mate.
I am ready to become a published author.
I am ready for a healthy, happy pregnancy.
I am ready to commit to higher study.
I am ready to create my dream job.
I am ready to embrace change and become a successful visual artist.
Each day hold that stone in your hands and repeat your declaration, out loud, or in your mind. You can do this just once, or as many times as you like. Say your declaration with enthusiasm and commitment. Put lots of energy into the words I AM READY. This simple act of declaration begins to align you with this energy, opening you to more of this thing in your life.
Using your Gratitude Rock!
Are you enjoying this part of our Program? I confess it might actually be my favourite!
As you hold your stone tonight 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. It doesn’t matter if you review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new. 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 imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like 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 Positive Change, 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 close your eyes, cocooned in this good energy. Let yourself heal, let yourself be nurtured, let yourself connect spiritually while you sleep.
This week we’re going to do a little honest exploring, via our journal.
In as much or as little detail as you need, answer the following questions. You can repeat the questions more than once, and you can also make the actions as small or as massive as you are ready for. Big change can often come from the tiniest realignment or action so don’t feel you NEED to make a grand gesture. On the other hand, sometimes big is what it takes to finally move us out of stuckness and back into flow. Tune in to your heart. You’ll find your way!
I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my health because ______.
I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my financial situation because ______.
I’m prepared to give up ______ to help me improve my relationship with ______ because ______.
I’m prepared to give up ______ to free up more time because ______.
I’m prepared to stop ______ because I’m aware that ______.
I’m prepared to swap ______ for ______ because ______.
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