As she did last year, Kat kicked this year off with an oracle reading on the eve of our beginning. She selects a set of three, and participants are asked to pick one. Kat’s guidance was this:
You could take a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply and take your attention to a specific part of your body that seems to have something to say to you. Or you could ask a question, something that’s been niggling you for a while. Maybe you could invite a new word or idea to help you honour and release the year that’s passing.
The theme of this year’s Reverb reflective writing challenge is ALCHEMY, so you could use it as an opportunity to dive deep and explore the opportunities for alchemy that are beckoning in the new year.
However you feel called to accept the offering, all you need to do is glance at the stones below and choose a number quickly, without giving it too much thought.
As I did last year, I hesitated to pick. When I opened her first email, my eye was immediately drawn to the star, but then I thought about how the feather reminded me of one that’s on my writing shrine. When I did as suggested, closed my eyes and took a deep breath and contemplated alchemy, what arose was a longing to figure out how to integrate my desire to make a living financially with my desire to make a life creatively, how to blend paid work and heart work, how to balance my effort with ease. When I opened my eyes, I focused on the stones rather than what they were paired with, and this time, it was definitely the third one that seemed right. It was the smallest and almost perfectly round.
If you chose STONE 3, you are invited to open up to OPPORTUNITY.
What feelings, images and ideas does the word OPPORTUNITY evoke in you?
Below is one interpretation of the mandala:
“This mandala carries the spirit of the woodpecker. He brings his optimistic and determined approach to life, finding abundance in the seemingly ordinary. He reminds us to continue to knock on the doors, in hope that the right one will open, revealing something truly amazing.
If you are contemplating upon this mandala, your spirit may be asking you to seize the day. If you are feeling unfulfilled, it is time to create a big opportunity, regardless of whether you feel one exists or not. Seek inwardly to reflect on what you might be lacking right now, and light the flame to guide you towards the creation of something amazing from this darkness.”
In light of what I was contemplating just before I picked, that seems just about right.
So great to be partnering with Wanderlustto share this list with a larger audience.
1. December Reflections with Susannah Conway. “This project has no real rules – the idea is to simply take a photograph every day(ish) for the whole of December. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Reflect on how the year’s gone down. Enjoy a bit of mindful creativity in the run up to the new year.” 31 photo prompts, three ways to share your pictures. I’m in!
6. You are Allowed, from Mara Glatzel’s latest newsletter. This is the kind of thing you should print out and hang on the fridge. Click the link she includes to hear her read the list to you, close your eyes and listen to all the things you are allowed. And when you are done, go sign up for her newsletter for more of this sort of goodness.
7. A Little Guide for More Comfort and Joy from Be More With Less. Courtney consistently writes things I have to share. I feel like she’s a version of me, wiser and more compassionate with a simpler more fulfilling life, some years down the road sending me messages from my possible future, reminding me to not give up, to keep trying.
25. December Encouragement Notes from Esmé Weijun Wang. This is a free offering. “I’m making this because I think we all need a little extra push and a little extra comfort in December, and because I’m grateful to all of you who make this online space something to be excited about.”
26. What is Literature for?
27. The World Will Be Saved By Waffles, a beautiful post by Erica Staab, which she ends with, “When we can offer a soft place to land for those we love, when we can share with one another our little acts of love, we light up the world. And we could all use a little more light in the world.”
32. Flora Bowley’s Bloom True ecourse. “Enjoy 25% off my five-week, deep dish, transformational, painting course now through December 1st, and savor the freshly designed course at your own pace for one full year. You can also give this as the most rocking gift ever! Use coupon code: btgratitude to receive your discount.”
The Dharma of Writing is an ongoing two-hour online monthly gathering designed to help you enter your own writing with the support and companionship of other writers…At each session, we will practice meditation together and then actually write. Each person will work on his or her own project with the quiet, supportive companionship of writers all over the world. We will convene using the video conference platform, Zoom. Sessions will be recorded and links sent to all, so if you can’t join live you can still participate.