Thoughts on intuition
This week, we welcome the higher intelligence of our intuition. Our intuition is something that is always available to us, but we have to choose to be receptive to it, and actually listening to it is another thing altogether. What does this have to do with recovery? Everything. I believe denying our intuition (or having it invalidated) is one of the first ways we leave ourselves, one of the first "splits" that eventually requires us to seek relief. When we are not connected to this higher consciousness, we are not connected to our innate wisdom--the kind of wisdom we could use to more intelligently and gracefully guide ourselves through life. When we aren't tuned in, we just become a series of actions and reactions, we cannot find deeper meanings, and cannot make decisions from a wholehearted place. This can effect our career paths, our relationships, where we choose to live, what we give ourselves to, and just about everything else.
This week, we will be working on creating the conditions for receptivity. Through meditation, improving our sleep hygiene, and dreamwork, we will prepare for the finest frequencies to move through us.
Anodea Judith says, when we are not in touch with our intuition, "We cannot surrender to the resonance of the more immediate truth." I've often talked about the "still, small voice," which is the same thing--the more immediate truth (which is often contrary to logic). It is the voice that ultimately guided me toward leaving my marriage, toward sobriety, and toward this work. It has never failed me, though the messages it holds aren't always "soft" or convenient. Welcome the messages of your intuition this week; consider it your connection to the cosmic forces that guide us all. See what it has to tell you. It is a language worth learning.
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Morning Pages focused on dreamwork
This week's Morning Pages practice will be dedicated to dreamwork. Detailed directions are below.
Yoga Nidra Meditation (22 mins) to be done in the evening just before bed.
The mantra for this week is: I am open to the wisdom within.
Write it down in your journal each morning before you begin morning pages.
Put it as a reminder into your phone to show up at noon each day.
When fear comes up, repeat it out loud or in your mind.
1. clean up your sleep.
Quality sleep is your number one focus this week. First, make sure your environment is supportive of you getting the best sleep possible. I've created a basic worksheet for sleep hygiene.
If you are going to use sleep aids, here is a list of 12 natural aids that are backed by science.
Each night, listen to the Yoga Nidra sleep meditation in bed when you are ready to go to sleep (do it as the very last thing before bed).
One of the most powerful ways to work with your intuition is through dreamwork. Dreams hold incredibly powerful information, symbols, and messages for us if we learn to work with them through very basic practices. This week, you will work with your dreams each morning as part of your "Morning Pages" practice. Through doing this we are learning to develop a valuable language to communicate with our subconscious and the world of spirit.
PART 1: Preparing for and documenting your dreams
Make an affirmation as you fall asleep each night that you’ll remember your dreams (I write it down).
Before you go to sleep, review your day in reverse- starting with the most recent event and moving back through the day to its beginning.
When you wake, do not move your position before mentally reviewing the dream in your subconscious state. Only when you have reviewed the dream entirely do you allow your body move. If you have already rolled over, return to the position you were sleeping in and the dream may come back.
Keep your journal and pen by your bed and write down whatever you can remember from your dream, even fragments. Once the psyche knows that attention is being payed to dreams, recall usually improves dramatically.
PART 2: DREAM ANALYSIS
Write the basic notes from your dream (as explained above) upon waking. These can be messy tidbits; make sure you note any strange symbols or details that may seem irrelevant.
Once you've written down all the details, see if you can highlight any messages or themes, including overall feelings (anxiety, excitement) or themes like "not being taken seriously".
Write our your dream in the present tense, as shown below. For example, "I am walking into a room with a bunch of students."
Circle the symbols, just so you can note them (you won't necessarily analyze all of them, but over time you may start to see the same images show up).
BASIC DREAM NOTES
MESSAGES/THEMES + PRESENT TENSE NARRATIVE
5. Answer the following questions about your dream:
What is the "dream ego" of this dream?
The dream ego is your point of view in the dream. Examine the state of it: is it scared, excited, perplexed, angry?
What is the dream ego trying to accomplish in the dream?
Was there a goal in the dream, a struggle your dream ego was trying to overcome?
How is it going about doing this?
What is blocking this accomplishment?
6. Make a piece of art from your dream. This can be in the form of visual art (like my example below), poetry, stories, or collages.
7. Look up any spiritual or symbolic meanings for the objects that appear in your dream. The Universe of Symbolism website is a good resource.
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