“There is no illusion greater than fear.”
~ Lao Tzu
Are you done with fear holding you back and keeping you small?
Fear is the big thing that stops so many of us from living a more fully expressed life. Fear limits us. It stops us from being ourselves. It stops us from taking risks, from starting, from trying, from becoming. Tonight’s full moon brings favourable energies to help us move past fear and into connection with our authentic selves. From that place of truth we can then dream a new life, a new self, a new future into being. This is perfect timing as we sit in the first month of the first cycle of a whole new energetic era!
For the next four days we’ll be influenced by the Full Moon in Cancer. This moon supports us as we travel into and through our deepest fears and insecurities. It’s a time for exploring and owning what has been repressed, forgotten or shoved to one side in our lives. It’ a time for naming and letting go of these old beliefs and behaviours. It’s a great time to facilitate a gathering awareness of our truth and a strengthening sense of wholeness for ourselves.
Wholeness centers us. It returns flow, hope, strength and inspiration to our lives. We need more of that in the world right now. As you move from fear back into flow you hold a strong and stable vibration that will exert a positive energetic influence on the world around you. So, thank you for doing this! Your participation means so much to me. <3
The following meditation and journalling exercises can be done at any time over the next four days, while the influence of the moon is at her strongest.
Choosing a Crystal
You may wish to choose a crystal to work with this while you journal. It is entirely optional, and you’d be fine without one too – but for my fellow rock lovers, read on…
(If you’re working with my Year of ME Planner, please choose a different stone to your 2017 Gratitude Crystal! – You could use your citrine or chrysocolla stone though. )
You can hold this crystal as you write or meditate, place it under your pillow or beside your bed while you sleep, or carry it in your pocket to help you stay focused.
You could choose your stone based on what most appeals to you. That’s a very valid approach. But if you need a little direction, good crystals to work with this week include:
- Clear Quartz or Quartz with Inclusions or Phantoms
- Smoky Quartz
- Tiger Iron
- Petrified Wood
Here’s what I’ll be using – it’s a natural Smoky Quartz and Citrine Phantom with Barite inclusions. Feel free to let us know what kind of crystal you choose by leaving a comment below or over at our facebook page or on Instagram.
We can’t think, or be in flow, if we are stressed and uptight. Before you begin to reflect on and journal your exploratory questions, take a minute or two to perform this simple meditation.
Belly Breathing Technique
Before you begin writing, sit or lie quietly. Place your crystal in one hand and then put that hand over your heart. Place your other hand low on your abdomen. Close your eyes if it feels comfortable to do so.
Feel for the moon. It doesn’t matter if it is day or night when you do this. The full moon’s energy is strong. Draw this energy down and imagine the moon’s energy wrapping around you like a silvery cloak. Let this energy calm, nurture and hold you.
Now take 6 deep breaths.
For each breath, when you inhale focus on your belly rising out further than your chest.
Take 6 long, slow and unforced breaths, gently allowing your hands to rise and fall with your chest and belly.
You’ll feel your body relax and unwind. You can breathe normally after six breaths or do another cycle of six.
Visualise a colour in your crystal, or if you are just using your hands, visualise a colour in the palm of your hand above your heart. Breathe in to activate your hands and let that colour expand, so that it links both of your hands. You’ll now have a glow of coloured energy sitting from your throat to your groin. That light is healing and energising. Don’t think about it too much. Just let it be there in the background.
Now take 6 more long, slow and unforced breaths, gently allowing your hands to rise and fall with your chest and belly. Feel all of the tension drain away. Feel yourself open to your intuition and to the moon’s guidance.
When you’re ready open you eyes, still feeling your connection to your crystal and the moon.
Now you’re ready to write!
Write the answers to your questions on loose sheets of paper, or paper that can be easily removed from a book or notepad. At the end of this activity you will burn these sheets to complete the meditation and release ritual.
If you are working on a computer or tablet, you will need to delete the file. (Or print, delete file and then burn pages!)
You can choose any or all of the questions below. Write as much or as little as you need. It could be three words or three pages. Spread it out over a few days, or spend a solid hour or two over one day – it’s up to you! If you’re in flow, keep going and see where it takes you. Be brave, and write from your heart. Let all your fear, worry and insecurity fall onto the page as you write.The idea is to get to out of your head, and out of your body and onto the page.
If you’re using a crystal, hold it in your non-writing hand, or place it in your lap or pocket.
If you don’t know how to answer something, ask yourself What am I resisting here? What can this teach me about myself? And then be brave and go deeper. Breathe into it. Keep writing.
When you have finished, and there is no more to say about that question, write I now release these fears and limiting thoughts. With the Moon as my witness I move back into flow. I open myself to new and better possibilities. Then sign your name. Do this for each question that you answer.
- When I think about money, and being able to support myself, my fear is that…
- When I think about my health, and living with vitality, my fear is that…
- When I think about my sexuality, and about taking pleasure in my body, my fear is that…
- When I think about my family, my fear is that…
- When I think about love relationships my fear is that…
- When I think about my partner, my fear is that…
- When I think about my art, my fear is that…
- When I think about my home and my living space, my fear is that…
- When I think about travel, my fear is that…
- When I think about my career, my fear is that…
- When I think about my business, my fear is that…
- When I think about friendship, my fear is that…
- When I think about what others think of me, and how they may perceive me, my fear is that…
- When I think about my personal appearance, my fear is that…
- When I think about who I could become, my fear is that…
- When I think about this idea I have, my fear is that…
- When I think about my country, my fear is that…
- When I think about the environment, my fear is that…
- When I think about world events, my fear is that…
- When I think about the future, my fear is that…
When you are done, sit for a moment and close your eyes. Place one hand back on your heart and one low on your belly. Breathe in and out six times, being aware of the rise and fall of your chest and belly, being aware of the radiating colour that links your hands. Feel yourself connected to the moon and to a place of deep calm.
Open your eyes.
In your own time, and in a way that is safe for yourself and for those around you, burn your pages. You could do this outside, or over a barbeque, fireplace or in a large heatproof pot or bowl. Let the flames render your fears into ash. Let the ash be scattered on the winds, or washed down the drain and returned to the earth. You are done with it. It’s time to move on.
Keep being aware of your breath. Be aware of the energy in your hands. Be aware of the moon above you. Be aware of this new energy of calm and possibility you carry with you. You can use the crystal you have carried through this process as a reminder and talisman – linking you into this place of calm and flow.
Thank you for participating.
Thank you for being part of the positive change in our world.
Much love and hugs, Nicole <3 xx