“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Hello, and welcome to Week One of our Chakra Journal Challenge!
This week is an orientation week. Today I’ll be taking you through each of the steps that we’ll be using during the Challenge.
Every Tuesday in March and April I will post a Journal Challenge for you, based upon a journey through the main chakras. You don’t need to know anything about journalling, chakras, crystals, oracle cards or energy work. I’ll explain everything that you need to do each week. Then you’ll have a week to complete the simple activities I share.
If you’re only just joining us you’ll need to source the following:
- A new journal. Choose one that feels right for you. Make sure there are enough pages to get you through nine activities.
- Some pens and pencils.
- A crystal or stone to use as a gratitude and focus stone. (If you’re doing my Year of ME program feel free to use your 2017 stone for this challenge!)
- A deck of oracle or tarot cards.
- A sense of adventure and a readiness to explore your inner world.
NB: A note on choosing oracle or tarot cards – choose cards whose pictures and messages are meaningful to you. Avoid cards such as tarot decks that show only coins or cups etc. Instead choose a deck whose imagery really speaks to you. It’s the pictures that matter. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to use them. I’ll be showing you.
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 give ourselves healing energy at least once.
- We will spend a few moments at the end of our day in gratitude.
Each week listen to the short guided meditation. 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. Then use that 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.
Using Oracle Cards:
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 an example of one of my journal pages from a previous challenge, just to give you an idea of what we’ll be doing:
Every Tuesday I will give you a number of questions to explore. Write as much or as little as you need. Know that you can come back to your answers during the week and add to them if other thoughts or ideas come to you.
Hands On Healing:
Giving yourself healing and energy is a great act of self-care. This week I encourage you to practice this simple skill in readiness for the coming activities.
Activating your Hand Chakra
“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is”
~ Gary Zukav
Throughout history there are references to hands-on healing, and the laying on of the hands. But what exactly does that mean?
We are all energetic beings, and we are all capable of feeling energy, and giving energy to ourselves or others. Today I’m going to show you how to activate your own hand chakras, so that you can begin to feel energy in the world around you, and so that you can also begin to explore the concept of hands-on healing.
It’s a very simple process, but don’t be disappointed by the simplicity. Simple techniques are often the most powerful, and if all of us are energetic beings by nature, why shouldn’t this be simple?
Take a few relaxing breaths, and centre yourself. Stand or sit with a straight spine.
Hold your hands out in front of you and shake them as if you’re flicking water off them. Then put the palms of your hands together and rub them vigorously.
Now gently separate your hands by about an inch or two. You should feel an energy like warmth, or a golden ball of light, between the palms of your hands.
Play with this energy. Stretch your hands apart a little more and see if you can still feel that energy between your palms. Experiment with drawing your hands apart and bringing them back close together, as if you had something sticky or elastic between your hands. See if you can increase and decrease the size of the golden ball of light between your hands.
If you lose the sensation, repeat Step One, and then try again.
Don’t worry if it takes a little while to fully open the chakras in your hands, or if you lose the sensation of that energy between them fairly quickly. It takes practice to strengthen your awareness of this energy.
This week, keep playing with this simple technique. As you get better at feeling the energy, practice activating your hand chakras, and then holding your hands over your own body, directing that beautiful energy back into you.
Can you feel heat or any form of energetic sensation as you do this? This is the beginning of being able to direct healing energy.
Next week we’ll begin to explore how we can use our hands to send energy to our chakras. Until then, keep practicing!
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.
See you next week, ready to begin with our first port of call in the Chakra journal Challenge!
Love and hugs, Nicole ❤ xoxo