“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”
~ Anthon St. Maarten
So often we look outside ourselves for answers, forgetting that there is a source of wisdom that is always available to us – our own Higher Self.
Your Higher Self is the wisest aspect of you. Your soul. The same soul that has lived with awareness through all of this lifetime, the space between lifetimes, and any lifetimes you may have experienced prior to this one.
Your Higher Self is not your conscious mind or your ego, or your subconscious, although it knows all of these aspects of yourself. Instead it is an energy of pure love, compassion and wisdom, imbued with your own unique gifts, talents and preferences.
When you are struggling for answers, when you have lost your direction, it is good to reconnect to your Higher Self so that you can work through your issues with guidance from the part of you who remembers your best self and your potential. Your Higher Self also knows your Heart Path – the direction in life that will give you emotional satisfaction and happiness.
Today we’re going to connect with our Higher Self and then use that energy and connection to explore some important life questions.
To complete this activity in our mini-retreat you’ll need
- A crystal or stone you can hold comfortably in your hand
- A journal
- Some pens and pencils
- A deck of your favourite oracle or tarot cards that you have chosen just because you love their pictures.
- A little time set aside just for you. The meditation requires 13 minutes and you’ll need at least another ten for journalling. If you have the luxury, allow an hour. Take more time if you have it, and are ready for a big dose of soul work.
Guided Meditation for Connecting with Your Higher Self
To do the meditation, hold your chosen crystal, and then sit or lie comfortably, close your eyes, and follow along to the sound of my voice:
Journal and Card Activity
Know that you have this connection to your Higher Self, continue to hold your crystal to help strengthen that bridge of connection. Yes, it’s okay to put the stone down and pick it up again – but hold the stone when you are writing, or reflecting on a card.
Use your time to explore the following questions in your journal. Write the question at the top of the page, and then close your eyes for a moment, and feel back into the energy of your Higher Self. Strengthen the white and golden light. Feel that sense of peace and calm and expansion come upon you. Then open your eyes and write your response.
*Important – make sure that when you finish writing your answer, leave space to write one more response below. Give yourself half a page or a full page if possible.
The questions to ask are:
- What do I most need to know right now?
- What is my place of greatest possibility in using my talents and gifts?
- What is my next step?
- What simple changes can I make to affect greater happiness in my life?
- What is my Higher Self’s greatest vision for my life?
Write as much or as little as you need. You may feel like you are making it all up. That’s okay. Keep writing. Trust the process.
Using your Oracle or Tarot Cards
When you have finished journalling, take your cards, offer up a small prayer that whatever you do be for your Highest Good, and then shuffle the deck.
Now go back to the first question. Read the question again, but not your first response.
Shuffle the deck again, asking your Higher Self What else do I need to see in relation to this question? 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 crystal 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! Trust the guidance of your Higher Self. 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. You may want to use a different coloured pen for this part. I know, you might still 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.
If you need to, draw up to five cards to gain further insight and clarity for this situation.
Then move to the next question and repeat the process.
Enjoy your reflection time, and if you can, spend a little time in nature today. This weekend has such a powerful ability to connect you in to your own and higher wisdoms. Use that energy well to help you get answers to your questions, and to provide direction for the months and years ahead.
I’ll see you tomorrow, when we’ll be connecting in with our guides and angels!
Sending much love to you from our retreat, Nicole xoxo