“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of the biggest obstacles to change is that feeling of overwhelm we get when we look at where we are now, and then at the distance between us and our goal/heart’s desire/impossible dream. The bigger the gap, the more likely we are to feel stuck, or unable to make that first step. In fact, we can get so stuck that we can no longer even conceptualise that first step!
It’s not unlike that brain freeze feeling you get from eating ice-cream too fast – there’s pain, confusion and a need to lie down in a darkened room. And that’s when the ghosts come out – all those voices from our past (or even our present) that tell us we can’t do it, we’re not good enough, we don’t deserve it, we don’t have what it takes. Our failures parade before us. We see all the things we’re not, all the things we don’t have, and all our glaring faults.
This week we’re going to work with energies that get us back on solid ground – connected into our heart space, and able to ‘hear’ our inner guidance about what to do next.
Are you ready?
Great! Let’s go!
Anchoring your heart energy
Lie down on the ground. If at all possible lie on the earth itself – the grass or sand or rock or dirt. Now imagine the back of your heart opening up and connecting deep into the core of the earth. Feel that earth energy warmly grounding you, supporting and nurturing you. Then open the front of your heart and connect it up into the sky. Go up beyond the blue. Feel the sun, the moon and the stars. Open to the wisdom and guidance of Universal energy. In this space of being anchored and connected just breathe and fill your body up with energy and love. Let yourself be replenished.
What do you feel? Be open to any insights or revelations. Do this process a few times over the next week. What you feel and become aware of will change over time. Write down anything important in your journal.
Count Your Blessings!
Every day this week write down three blessings in your life – three simple things for which you are grateful. See if you can come up with new things each day. Cultivate an attitude of awareness, actively looking for the positive moments in your life.
Write them like this: Today I am thankful for (the blessing) because (write down a simple reason). eg: Today I am grateful for my barista because she always makes the most wonderful creamy latte for me!
When we count our Blessings we are inviting positive energy into our lives and putting ourselves into a receptive and abundant state of mind.
Affirm the Positive!
Take your rock from Week One, and thank it. Write the Affirmation you used in your Blessings Book. You can now place the first rock beside your bed or somewhere where you’ll see it often.
Select the second rock from the eight you selected at the start of this course. This is your second Affirmation Stone. Carry it around with you, or place it somewhere where you can see and hold it every day.
Hold this second stone in your hands. Now think of something else in your life that you want to change. Affirm that as a statement of declaration to the Universe,
Here are some examples:
I choose Healthy Relationships.
I choose Financial Stability.
I choose Bright New Ideas.
Each day hold that stone in your hands and repeat your declaration, out loud, or in your mind. You can do this just once, or as many times as you like. Say your declaration with enthusiasm and commitment. This simple act of declaration begins to align you with this energy, opening you to more of this thing in your life.
Using your 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. It doesn’t matter if your review your Blessings from your Blessing Book, or add in something new. 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 Positive Change Program with us – people from all over the world, just like 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 Positive Change, 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.
Last week we started with some simple exploration questions. This week return to your answers and read over them, and then answer the following questions with as much detail as feels right to you.
Last week: I need change in my life right now because: This week: The best place to begin is:
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Last week: One thing I would change about my health is _______ because ______: This week: The easiest change I can make, starting today is ________
Last week: One thing I would change about my work is ______ because ______: This week: The easiest change I can make, starting today is ______
Last week: One thing I would change about my personal life is ______ because ______: This week: The smallest change I can make, starting today is ______
Last week: One thing I would change about my thinking is ______ because ______: This week: A better thought I can choose, starting today is ______
Last week: One thing I’m really stuck on is: This week: This week I’m going to be open to ______
Last week: One thing I’m really clear on is: This week: So, knowing that, the first tiny step I can take, starting today, is ______
PS: If you’d like to review any aspect of this course, or start back at the beginning click here.