Australia is the land of ‘droughts and flooding rains’. Trust me, when I say that this plays havoc with our storm-water drains!
(Image by prozac1)
“Ah, yes, Nicole,” I can hear you thinking, “but what has that got to do with journalling?” Everything, my dear.
Day 3 – Clearing the pipes
Think of the pathway between your conscious mind, and that lovely, wise and creative source energy within you as a pipe, like the type of drain that carries storm water. Over time, and with lack of use, the pipe is inclined to get blocked. In times of drought our storm-water drains get clogged up with dirt and dust, sticks and plastic bags, parts of old bicycles and dead rats. Is it no wonder that when rain finally comes we might be bitterly disappointed at the quality of water that flows from the pipe? Maybe even the flow will be miserable, as the water dams behind all of the debris.
We need to clear the pipe before that pure, good water can flow. We need to suspend our judgement of what comes out when the water first trickles from the pipe.
Task for the day:
Read through this section and then follow the instructions. Sit for a minute or so, with your eyes closed, and visualise a pipe inside you, clogged with all manner of rubbish. Some of that rubbish may have even been useful at one time or other, but now all it’s doing is blocking your flow. Feel the power of that good clean water beginning to move down the pipe. Feel it hitting the obstruction of all of that debris. A journal is a very fine place for getting all of this mess cleared.
Your job is not to process this mess. Who would bother to filter through the crap that comes out in a stinking, stagnant stormwater drain when the wet season comes? No. Your job is merely to clear the pipe by writing.
Expect rubbish. Expect pettiness. Expect complaints and dead rats, pizza boxes and congealed plastics. Expect that most of what you write won’t even be true anymore (might not ever have been true, except in the heat of a moment), and will be an assortment of mouldering old hoo-haa. Some of what you write might even sound like incredible soul wisdom. Dazzling brilliance. It won’t be. It’s just an ego download. Be happy about that. Know that you are clearing the pipes. You’ll probably need to do this more than once. But that’s okay – you have a lifetime of journalling ahead. Open your eyes, and start writing, beginning with the words The thing is…
Do this process often enough and your waters will flow clean and pure, to nourish and delight you in ways you didn’t know were possible. (this image by dan)
PS: I so heart that goldfish!