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soul dialogues: getting in touch with your inner journey (lesson 3) …

25/04/2017 : 12:00 |

Stay at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked.

... Kafka ...

I’ve been subscribed to DailyOm for ages and some of the courses they offer really do grab me, however, cost is a big thing when you don’t earn an income. At DailyOm they allow you to chose what you can afford, within their specifications. So today I bit the bullet and I enrolled on the course ‘Heal Yourself with Writing’. It appealed to me because I can blog it, and I do like writing, and of course I also need some kind of healing too.

Below is lesson 3.

EXERCISE:

Sit quietly for a moment and simply feel your body. Now imagine you are naked lying in the sun. Stay with the feeling, feel it specifically all over your body. Now allow your mind to free associate. You might think of someone you love or when you were a small child. Go with the images. Now pick up your pen and describe a character undergoing some trial or peak experience where the feelings are raw and visceral.

MY RESPONSE:

I’m not sure how to see in images. All I do is feel. And the beach thing was very difficult for me because the minute being naked was mentioned I began to feel. To feel bad about my fat and how I’ve let myself go. I’ve overeaten for years to dull and dampen down the pain and now I’m quite disgusted with my body and to visualise it naked is a no go!

even before there are thoughts, there are images …

for me this is very difficult to grasp because for me it should read …

even before there are images, there are thoughts …

thoughts and feelings come very readily to me but images take a lot from me – feelings are king and before even that are words and thoughts …

However I was able to conjure up a memory of my mother when her mum died and then shortly after she had a miscarriage and then a child that only lived two days. And she broke. The whole house was affected by her pain, it was so BIG and pouring out we couldn’t escape.

images are the natural language of the unconscious …

really …

I hardly ever see in images – even my dreams are dominated by feelings over images …

again I would say it should read …

thoughts are the natural language of the unconscious …

thoughts and feelings are how I communicate with people, and it is thoughts and feelings that are transferred through the unconscious for me, not images …

I go with everything this exercise suggest, going back to the initial illustration, and the conclusion of …

is that so …

Accessing and communicating with your inner visionary is the best method for expanding your world both within and without. A famous mathematician from India called Ramanujan, was asked later when he was at Oxford University, how he came up with such remarkable mathematical discoveries when he was only a humble clerk from Madras. He replied that at night when he was asleep, the Goddess Devi would come and whisper in his ear, telling him the solutions. As soon as the least of us stands still that’s the moment something extraordinary is seen to be going on in the world.

... Eudora Welty ...

EXERCISE:

Channeling

Take a moment, visualize clearly what you want to write then sink deep into yourself before the inevitable action of writing. Close your eyes, feel what is going on within. Then without undue thought, pick up your pen and write whatever wants to come. On channeling: Let it come through you, not from you. Dare to be surprised! Some version of the above exercise might become a simple, daily ritual. Some might light a candle or do a brief meditation or simply taking deep breaths then allowing whatever images knock on your door. Or you can play music that makes you soar. In this way, a dimension of the sacred is added — an invitation extended to invisible helpers or guides. If you think of it, the moments remembered in a great novel or film are usually visual moments, unspoken moments. Virtual reality without technology. Memory is one of the primal sources for creative images. How we remember is how we give meaning to a life lived. We find ourselves experiencing reality on more than one plane. The creative act is thus an act of liberation — the defeat of habit by originality. The creative process does not travel in straight lines. It thrives in the undefined spaces in between.

MY RESPONSE:

Channeling …

I love doing this, it’s how I write a lot of my best blogs. I simply breathe, relax into it, and write with no agenda and what comes out always surprises me.

dare to be surprised …

I want to write about what I know … what I know on a soul level and what I know but don’t know how I know it or how to use it in my life …

What I Know …

I always know when I am being betrayed. I feel it. I can tell when I’m being lied to as well as when something is being omitted. Sometimes if I let on it would make me look like a weirdo because there really hasn’t been anything more than ‘what I feel’ and ‘what I sense’ given away to me. But I am almost always right about it. Because of this acute ‘knowing’ it is incredibly easy for people to deny it and they do.

There are incidents in my relationships now that I know I’ve been betrayed. I also realised that this ‘knowing’ affects how I treat others and subsequently how they treat me. But I can’t help it … and I really do know.

I’d rather know the truth and be afforded the option to react in whatever way I see fit than be lied to or manipulated into a false sense of security …

liars are my pet hate … only because ‘I know’ …

I wonder if this is part of why I am ill because I am denying myself. Denying my inner self the acknowledgement it needs so that it can be free to do what it’s good at.

It doesn’t surprise me that my inner soul wants me to know this. It’s been screaming at me for years to ‘listen up’ and because of an intense fear I simply ignore it.

is that so …

EXERCISE:

Choose a family photo of one of your parents, grandparents, or a lover. Sit quietly in front of the photograph, allowing your mind to drift into memories of things past. Close your eyes. Try to remember how this person smelled. Recall their touch. Then, whether the experience is positive or negative, describe it in words from a feeling perspective. Find an image (bird, animal, or object) to represent your character and how he or she would move and behave.

You might keep your journal next to your bedside and when awakening from a dream, write it down. Dreams are the way that our unconscious communicates to us. Let intuition guide you through metaphor or symbolic images. Create a habit of listening inwardly. It is through metaphor that the process of life and art can be seen as in a mirror. Look for metaphors in both waking and dream states. Awaken that part of the mind that generates images. Dare to explore the unknown regions of the psyche, for therein lies alchemical gold.

MY RESPONSE:

mum
She had a smell of oil of ulay and also clinique aromatics and whenever I smell it, anywhere, it takes me right back to her. She was a very unsure woman. Unsure of herself and her place with me and I do know why, I just don’t want to discuss it now. She’s dead and gone and I hope all our issues died with her too. Well except the ones my so called sisters carried on.

dad
My dad was a feeling. He epitomises safety and security. He was so honest to the bone and would never ever have done or said, or even omitted saying, anything to avoid hurting me. To him, and to myself too, truth was king.

feeling perspective
My mum is as cautious as a serpent and my dad reminds me of my favourite animal, the elephant, which is also the animal I used to depict myself.

is that so …

EXERCISE:

SOUL DIALOGUE

Here’s a visualization exercise that can begin to tap hidden resources. And never forget that your most valuable resource is yourself. Approach the blank page as if for the first time. You might choose to play some sacred or soothing music. This exercise serves as an invocation and ritual to summon the Muse or Inner Guide. Ask a friend or spouse to read the following to you aloud.

Close your eyes. Trust the space made sacred by our intention. Now take three deep breaths. Inhale and exhale. As you exhale, take the thought “I release all fear of this inner journey.” Repeat this thought on the next two exhalations. Breathe in … breathe out. “I release all fear of this inner journey.” And so, the journey begins.

I’d like you to visualize a long path which stretches before you. It may be a place known to you or it may be a new terrain. It may pass through a dark wood or across high mountains. At some point, you see before you an ancient iron gate. The gate is locked and vines cover it. You reach deep into your pocket and find a key. The key is large and rather heavy. Place the key into the lock, turning it in a complete circle so that the gate swings open. Now take another deep breath releasing any residue of fear, and walk through the open gate.

You find yourself now in a garden. It might be an English garden or perhaps a Japanese Zen garden with stone lanterns and tranquil pools of water with white lotus and gentle Koi fish. Or any garden of your choice. See it. The flowers are in bloom. The smells intoxicate, causing you to smile. Just ahead lies a house which you recognize as the house of your dreams. You know this house for it is your very Self. Take a moment and visualize your house.

The door is locked but you hold in your hand the key. Visualize the key to your house and taking a deep breath, open the door. Enter now and stand for a moment, taking in the profound feeling that you have come Home. Then slowly yet with purpose, walk to your favorite room. Perhaps a paneled study lined with books of favorite authors. A fireplace glows providing warmth. Now walk to a large desk which overlooks the garden, and sit. After a moment, open the center drawer and take out paper and pen. See the pen that you will write with. Now look carefully at the virgin white page and honor it. But first, I’d like you to visualize your Soul. It might be a bird or a butterfly or an animal, or a jewel or some other precious object. What would be a metaphor for your Soul, your innermost being? See it. Experience it.

Now begin the dialogue. Visualize looking at your Soul in whatever form it has chosen. Then ask it, your Soul, this simple question: What do you want? This will not be the only or final answer for all time, simply the one Soul gives you today, that is, now, this very moment.

For the next ten minutes — without undue thinking — open your eyes and begin the exercise, the Soul dialogue. Simply write the question, “What do you want?” Then taking all the time you need, listen for Soul’s reply and write it down. Write it all down. There is no right answer. There is only your answer. Please begin now.

Listen. Make a way for yourself inside yourself. – Rumi

MY RESPONSE:

I release all fear of this inner journey …
And so my journey begins …

My soul is divided;

My soul is; an elephant and also a butterfly, and a blossom / maple tree and or a bunch of freesia. I am everything I find beautiful.

What do you want?
I want to be strong enough to look within, to find the answers that are there and to be what I need to be without fear of losing those I love.

I am brave enough to look within …
I am going to find beauty within …
I am going to find peace within …
I am going to find the answers within …
I am everything that is beautiful …

I am …

Be brave enough to ‘hear’ Denise, I can and I will direct you in the greatest way and to the best path possible for you. I am you …

is that so …

A human being sometimes needs to do nothing. He may seem to be doing nothing yet in fact he is tuning out of the outer world in order to allow the inner intuitive mind, to drift and dream. For those that remember, before television and computer games, there was cloud-gazing — a spiritual, introspective pursuit with no goal whatsoever. I saw myself when I shut my eyes: space, space, where I am and am not.

... Octavio Paz ...

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