Journal Challenge Week 1 – August 2, 2015

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
~ Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

I’ve always found journalling to be a nurturing practice. It has helped me to explore myself, my innermost thoughts and desires, and to set sail for uncharted waters. In short, it has been one of the best self-development tools I’ve ever used.

During August and September 2015 the energies are very well suited to some focused journalling. We’re being encouraged to go deep. We’re being invited to dream big.

It’s no coincidence, this great energetic set up. 2016 is already beginning to whisper her sweet promise of flow and expansion. But how will we be ready for that if we don’t know where we want to go?

Journalling, my friends, has your answers. Using the journal prompts and activities over the next nine weeks you’ll make your own map for 2016.

Each Sunday for September and August I will have a new journal activity for you to complete during the week. You’ll need a minimum of ten minutes to set aside each week for writing, and an additional five minutes per day for five out of seven days for energy work. (If you can do more, great. If you can only find ten minutes then we’ll flow with that too.) There will also be a seven minute guided meditation each week, before the journalling begins.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A new journal. Choose one that feels right for you. Make sure there are enough pages to get you through 9 activities.
  • Some pens and pencils.
  • A small stone to use as a gratitude rock.
  • A larger rock or crystal to use as a guidance stone.
  • A deck of oracle cards.
  • A sense of adventure and a readiness to explore your inner world.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Weekly Structure

Each week of this nine week challenge will follow the same format:

  1. 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.
  2. We will choose an oracle card to give us inspiration and direction for the week ahead
  3. We will spend ten minutes (or more if desired!) to complete our weekly journal prompt.
  4. We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.

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Start Here!

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 journal page. It might help you to get some ideas for your own flow. You’ll be using your own word, colour and card, but I thought I’d share mine:

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3. Week One Journal Prompt

This week we’re going to explore what we love. Use the words Love, Loved and Loving. As in I Love this. I Loved doing that. I am Loving this particular thing/relationship etc. How much you write is up to you. 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.

Expect to remember things you’ve forgotten that you love, or once loved. Expect magic. Write until things make sense. Write until you feel a little shift, until you feel smiley, until you feel hopeful or happy.

You’ll know when you’ve written enough.

Here’s the beginning of my own writing. Which I wrote in a circular way, because it tickled me to do so. It was a fun dive in, which took about five minutes – just to show you how five minutes can still be useful and productive. I expect to write much more this week (not in a  circular fashion though!), and to go deeper each time.

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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.

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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 writing 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

33 thoughts on “Journal Challenge Week 1 – August 2, 2015

  1. Do we chose the word and color or do you chose it for the week. Beauty and yellow is what I read. I will do this in the wee hours of Sunday morning. It’s the only private time I have anymore. I’m not sure I have any dreams left. I’m trying to come up with one that I can attach a life line to. I do not dream at night that I ever remember so that’s no help. I have lots of empty journals. And full journals too. 🙂 My oracle cards came in plenty of time. They have been interesting so far.

  2. Nicole, I’m still not really sure how to come up with oracle cards or crystal-type stones (since we don’t have any stores around here that might have them). Any advice? (I think I can unearth some garden stones!)

    • Garden stones are just fine! And for an oracle, why not use one of my online ones. Type oracle into the search bar at the top of my blog, choose one, pick an image that speaks to you and you are all set to go. Happy journaling xx

  3. Thank you Nicole, the word and colour were very appropriate for this week and the card fitted beautifully. I will really enjoy using your journal prompt this week and hope I delve deep, here goes!

  4. In the end I chose two rose quartz, the colour that came to me was the same pink colour as my journal with the heart, and although I thought I’d removed the chakra cards from my oracle pack, I cut the Crown Chakra which is the same colour as my journal. As I wish to work on myself, kindness and patience, and someone else I love dearly who badly needs these qualities, I am so pleased at the way my first day’s journaling has gone. A huge pink, loving thank you to you, Nicole.

  5. So funny, well it’s not really but my colour and my word came up in the card I drew. Double confirmation. Got to love that!
    I am so excited to be taking part in this challenge. Thank you Nicole for your continued guidance and gentle nudging.

  6. This is just what I need. I have so many things swirling around in my brain I can’t keep them all straight. This is sure to help! Thanks for doing this!

  7. This is so wonderful …I am a day late this week but I am sure I will catch up, I will enjoy this so much .
    Hugs Cherryx

  8. As I was away I am a day late starting…well on a physical level anyway! Certainly some surprises in my first day. From the word “Grace” to the card of Golden Memories. The pencil flew around the page, the bliss and joy of what myself had to say has put the biggest smile on my face! Some words have a deep message of the gentleness, somewhat displaced in my being since February 2014, the pure gentle essence that is my being…the intuition, so damaged at the time, softly and with such grace starts to return. I am love, loving this and know that I am deeply loved. Thank you Nicole, for the offer to join you, and so many others, on a beautiful journey…

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