Journal Challenge Week 9 – September 27, 2015

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“I was coming together…
limb by limb, after being broken
for an infinity.”
~ Sanober Khan, A touch, a tear, a tempest

 

Welcome to the final week 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 we’re going to look at what we’ve discovered over the past two months, and where to go next. We’ll work to understand the energy behind these insights, and find practical ways to start implementing small positive changes to get our lives back on track.

Our structure is a little different this week, to allow us the time to really make the most of the work we have already done in the previous weeks of the challenge.

Don’t worry – I’ll guide you through it all, one step at a time!

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 page for this week. Go on, those of you who know me well. Laugh a little at my oracle card, which does seem to imply the need for a smidge more rest… Still, despite that subtle message from the Universe, there is more here, and I find myself smiling at the simple truths, the feeling of being so supported and the clear picture beginning to emerge for me:

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Summary Exercises:

The following activities can be done all at once, or over the next month or so. You may find that quite a lot of helpful information comes out of these sessions.

3. Power Word Journal Activity

On a new page in your journal gather together a summary of your Power Words, week by week. List them one by one.

  1. Read over the words and then write a paragraph or more about what those words mean for you.
  2. Now hold those words in your head, ask the question What do I most need to know and understand from these words? and shuffle your oracle card deck. Then choose three cards, and place them down side by side. (Hint: you might like to take a photo of them and print it out to add into your journal) 2015-09-26 17.13.27
  3. Look at the first card. What is it showing you about your direction? Write your insights into your journal.
  4. Look at the second card? What are the gifts of these words for your unfolding life? Write your insights into your journal.
  5. Look at the third card? What do you most need to know from this experience? What’s your big take-away from all of this? Think of card three as your summary card and then record your insights on the page.

Here’s my first look at my Power Words as a collective energy:

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4. Colour and Word Journal Activity

On a new page in your journal gather together a summary of your colours, week by week.

  1. Read over the colours from each week, and then from the words you wrote in response to that colour, choose choose one word or phrase that really stands out for you. Write these in your journal as a numbered list, just like you did with your power words.
  2.  Think about the first week’s colour, and the phrase or word you chose from what you wrote about that colour. Write a paragraph or two to explore how you can incorporate that energy and guidance in your life.
  3. Now shuffle your oracle cards, thinking about your colour and word or phrase, and then choose a card. Let this card offer you further insights and write these down.
  4. Repeat this process for each colour.

Here’s what I did with my first week’s colour, and the phrase that jumped out at me from what I had written:

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5. My Project Starting Point – Journal Activity

Last week you wrote down some activities and ideas that relate to your project in the back of your journal.

Go back and review them, and then number them in the order in which they need to be completed.

Once they are numbered, schedule the first one into your diary and get started! Review your list often, tick things off when you’re done, and be prepared to break some of your activities into smaller tasks.

Using this method and actually making a start means that you’re on your way to doing this thing and making the changes needed to make your life more satisfying and meaningful.

My priorities look like this:

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Previous Journal Activities

Now that you’ve done all of this self work, do spend the time to sit quietly somewhere with your journal, pens, cards and a cup of tea or your preferred non-alcoholic beverage. Gift yourself the time for continued quiet reflection as you read back over your writings, and find out more and more about your heart’s true wisdom and desires.

I like to set aside an hour every Sunday to go back over my journal writings, and to plan my week ahead. It’s my hour of power, and I usually pull a card for the coming week, and set my intention for how I want the week to unfold, as well as writing down my most important goals and action steps.

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.

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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.

 

Thanks for joining me for this journal challenge. I hope it has given you some clarity and momentum. These simple tools can be used to keep building understanding of yourself and for designing your life. I’d love to hear how they have worked for you. Post your comments below or pop over to facebook and let me know how you’ve done in the past two months. Big hugs, and congratulations on a job well done.

Much love, Nicole <3 xx

10 thoughts on “Journal Challenge Week 9 – September 27, 2015

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  2. This has been a beautiful practice, Nicole, thank you for sharing with us (especially aspects of your own journal too). Some very interesting themes have emerged and need to set aside time to do the reflective elements for the words and colours, probably next weekend! Many thanks once again.

  3. Thank you Nicole I am sitting in my garden on the earth doing this activity and the fullness of each week has been truly informative. So far I have just worked on my power words but I have gained so much, best of all I see that I am loved and powerful just by being Me and that I am on the right track and I will keep on going with a happy heart..

    Now it’s lunch so I will save the insights from my colours till I have more time to sit with the fullness of the lessons…

    So very very grateful,

    Lynette xx

  4. I’ve completed this journal work and am deeply grateful to you for offering it. I often begin these things, but then… I don’t continue. This time I stuck with it – although I do wish I had done it in a dedicated journal (as you suggested!) Thank you for generously sharing all of this – it was a wonderful meaningful experience, and I loved it! xo Carol

  5. Thank you so much for your time and dedication to this practice. It was very eye opening for me to see Love come up at every turn. I hope we can do this again. Thank you again and I send you Love and Light.❤️❤️❤️

  6. Thank you Nicole. I have loved this journal challenge. I have been shown that I am right on track and this has really strengthened my belief that I can trust and use my intuition. You are such a blessing. 🙏🏻

  7. Nicole, thank you. This was a fabulous journal challenge. I gained so many insights over the last 9 weeks. The last week’s writing, especially the colour and power word summaries, were incredibly valuable and insightful. Thank you for your continued generosity and guidance. I appreciate you.

  8. I’m a bit slow on replying, but had a hiatus in the middle with a lack of internet while we were on holidays. I have caught up and have sat most days and spent time working on my summaries. Have really enjoyed doing the work, and it has formed a nice pattern of finding time of at least an hour in the afternoon to reconnect with myself. The summaries have been timely reminders to stop, honour myself and be more diligent with my time i.e. make the time for the important things. Thank you for your time and energy in nurturing and guiding us in the direction of our dreams. Much love (and rest) to you xxxx

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