“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~ Henri Nouwen
Welcome to Week Six of our journal challenge. Are you beginning to know yourself a little better? That’s one of the joys of journal writing. 🙂
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 6, is a time for sowing seeds. I’m sure that you’re familiar with the concept of reaping what you sow. When you sow kindness, love, wisdom, industrious effort, open communication and all of those other positive energies, we are told that this energy will come back to us multiplied.
Problem is, I know too many people who have sat in that helping space and the people it benefited most was others. There’s nothing wrong with that. The world can always stand more kindness, wisdom and love. But what about us? Who is going to do that for us during our lifetime? Because there comes a time when we all need support – when we all need to eat that fruit of wisdom and kindness so that we may be recharged and renewed.
This week, we are focusing on sowing those seeds for ourselves.
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.
My colour, word and card tie in meaningfully for me this week. There is a growing sense that I need to create spaciousness in my calendar and in my life so that I can focus on my healing, and on my many projects – one by one. I had never thought of clear as a colour. But it does have an energy all its own. When I think of a clear stream of water sparkling and dancing in the sun it fills me with peace and happiness. Here’s my choices for September 6:
Plus, oh my goodness, it’s my birthday! What an amazing thing to do to start my next rotation around the sun. I deserve a good cafe breakfast with Ben and Harry dog after this is uploaded for you all.
3. Week Six Journal Prompt
Take a few minutes, and a couple of highlighter pens or markers. Flip through what you’ve already written in the previous weeks. Look for words or ideas that excite you or that somehow make you feel stressed or sad. If you have no real reaction to something, move on. It has no purpose for you this week. Think of the things you have highlighted as weeds or seeds.
Now ask yourself the following questions, writing responses for each in your journal:
- What are the weeds I need to rip out or stop feeding?
- What are the seeds I need to plant and nurture in my life?
And there’s one last question:
3. What fruit do I want to harvest for my future self from these seeds I shall sow and nurture in the coming weeks, months and years?
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. Oh, those pesky self-doubt weeds. Did you have any of those too? I’m intending to do this exercise a few more times this week and then I’ll make a solid plan. Amidst naps, of course!
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