Here are two more tips I took from Henriette Klauser’s book, Write It Down, Make It Happen.
The first one is to write down your intentions for the day. It can be a to-do list, but it’s more exciting when it’s about aligning your inner compass with qualities you want more of in your life. Then your life will surprise you with more.
Some of last week’s intentions were:
be in the world with more joy,
find fun ways to market my book,
listen to my gut and heart when I make decisions.
So not all of these were blatant or revelatory on the day that I made the intention. Some effects of setting intentions were subtle. For instance, I spent much of the morning in more joy, just setting my inner compass in this direction. I didn’t stay there all day, but for a longer period than normal.
At one point in that week, a person emailed me a fun way to market my book. She offered to edit and publish a video of me speaking about it on her blog. Another person, out of the blue on a conference call, reminded me, “have fun when you market your book.”
And by listening to my heart and gut, I found a great photographer. She didn’t have all the bells and whistles of references and a large portfolio, but she was joyful and artistic. Best of all, she helped me relax so that I could take a great picture!
What are your intentions for each day? Why might it help you navigate in the world better?
The final writing exercise to share from Klauser (there are so many), is to write a letter to God, spirit, or some wise person alive or dead. I write to a wise person from history sometimes, other times I write to God.
This is another way to move beyond the rational mind and tap into some unconscious part of ourselves.
The mind that we use is just a tiny percentage of what is available. In addition to tapping into this unconscious part of ourselves, neuroscientists and others such as biologist Carla Hannaford talk about the wisdom of the Unified Field. Going beyond the rational mind can help us get answers that may be beyond our current experience and memories.
Today, I write small and large questions down on paper. I will even write to a pain I hold in my body to get help for it by finding out what it needs.
There are no limits. The only limits are my own doubt, and ironically enough, my rational mind. Many times, I have gone back and looked at my writing only to see that I got the answer in journaling, but shrugged it off. I’ve done this so many times I’m starting to listen.
Good luck with these tips. Have fun. It’s fun for me too. Let me hear from you.