“Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakable tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Welcome to Week Eight 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 20, is all about finding the threads of this new life we wish to craft for ourselves. All along our subconscious mind and our intuitive wisdom have been directing us. Look over here, they’ve whispered. Put that down – we don’t need it anymore. Choose this one, because it can bring you the sort of happiness you’ve been chasing for the longest time.
Sometimes all it takes is one magical golden thread, woven with steady hands through the drab monotony of our otherwise unsatisfying life, for us to come alive again and to understand that in fact everything is beautiful, that we do have choices, and that we can find meaning and contentment right where we are standing.
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. I love that I have both the big picture stuff – the philosophy and the life work – and the focus of my colour, which speaks to me of pink toenails, cupcakes and girl time:
3. Week Eight Journal Prompt
On the very back page of your journal last week you wrote the words MY PROJECT, and a brief description of that thing. You also used your journal to think about what What resources you already have, and what might you need to actually make a start on this project.
Go back to the page now and place your project in a circle in the centre of the page. (If you prefer to give yourself more room and go to the next pages in the back of the book that’s fine too.)
Draw some lines out from the circle, and then at the end of each line write down an activity or idea that relates to your project. Don’t over think it. Just let the words flow!
Now go back to the front of your journal and answer the following question:
- Where are some places in my life where I can make some space for my project?
Don’t just think about making time. Also think about how you might simplify your life, or if you will need a physical or virtual space for your needs.
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. To get this down on paper suddenly makes things seem more do-able, more real. And that, my friends, gives me a sense of expansion and of inner peace. Maybe I CAN get this thing done after all!
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