Day Five – Soul
Well done! You’ve made it through to the end of this program, and you’ve connected to the elements in ways you may not have thought of before. Today, we are connecting inwards to our Soul. For me, our Soul is the essence of who we are. It carries with it the wisdom of our life, including the duality of the pains and joys we have gone through. It carries a knowing, which enables us to make the decisions which are truly aligned to who we are. When we listen to our soul, we are listening to that wise part of ourselves which truly exists, even if we don’t think we’re wise.
“The soul is a source, which gives rise to form; yet it is unknowable. It is illusive by its very nature, but it must be nurtured and cared for. We can intuitively understand what its needs are, yet never fathom its depths. It is the substance that links our body and spirit to the greater forces of the universe.”
~ Denise Linn, Soul Coaching®
Throughout today, be aware of the coincidences which happen around you. A song you hear more than three times (and not because you had it on repeat), an animal that you don’t normally see, a snippet of a conversation as you’re out and about. While our soul can communicate with us directly, sometimes it guides us to the right answer by helping us to discover what it has to say. If we were given everything laid out and all we had to do was follow the instructions, we wouldn’t learn. With the coincidences you receive, write down the “what could this mean to me?” and let your pen flow with ideas. Don’t edit it, but let it flow and see what information comes to you.
The Message from Your Soul Collage
For today’s main exercise, you are going to need a magazine, scissors and glue, and an A4/Letter size piece of card or a picture frame that is roughly 30x21cm in size to create your collage.
A collage is a collection of images and words which can be used in many ways. I teach manifestation workshops using collages to help people create the life they want to live, but I’ve seen the power in collages being used to find the message from your soul.
The first step is take time to quiet yourself and find a place where you can sit and be. If you have a busy mind, take your journal and write three sides of paper to clear your mind out of its normal chatter. As this is a sacred experience, you may want to play some ambient music and light a candle to give you time to relax.
With your magazine, and I recommend one or two at the moment, sit with them in your hands, and ask that you receive a message from your soul via the words and images in the magazine. This sets your intention for the process we are about to do, and allows you and your soul to get ready to become aware of what needs to happen. Start going through the magazine, not to read it, but to find what images and words call to you. When you see something, rip the page out and keep going.
Momentum is key here, we’re not looking for the perfect image or word, but to what captures our eye and soul the most. When you have a pile of ripped out pages, use your scissors to refine what you’ve seen. Cut out the specific parts which called to you, until you have a series of images and words to use.
Using the card or picture frame as your base, lay out the images and words and move them around until they fill the space you have. Take a step back and check in with yourself to find out if this feels right or if something needs to move around. Continue to do this until it feels right, then walk away.
Take a break and then come back to it. If it still feels right, then you know that you’re ready to start gluing it down. As a suggestion, you may want to take a picture before you glue down so you have a reference to look back on.
When your collage is complete, hold it in your hands and take in what it is you have created. In the same way we started with ambient music and a candle, set up a sacred space and then with your journal, write down the answers to the following questions:
- What do I feel when I look at my Soul Message Collage?
- What colours do I notice the most?
- What image draws my attention the most?
- What word/s draws my attention the most?
- What message does this have for me?
- If I did know what the message was, what would it be?
- If there was an action to take in my life, what would it be?
- What is the message my soul has for me?
The questions may seem hard to answer at first, but follow the flow of questions I have written and by the end something will come to you.
If you don’t feel as though you have gotten anything from it, place your hand on your heart and then ask the questions. This quietens the mind and allows you to really step into that knowing place within.
Clutter Clearing – Bedroom
The last day of this program still includes some clutter clearing, and it’s in our bedroom. This is the place where we are most intimate. It’s where we relax and rejuvenate. It is the place of our dreams, and where we spend the majority of our time, even if we’re sleeping.
Your bedroom is a sanctuary for your soul, and when treated in this way, enables you to really soar. Not only in your dreams, but in your waking life too. As always, start with a surface clear of the room, change the bedding and invite fresh air into the space. Then starting drawer by drawer, go through the items in your bedroom. Do you love them, use them, or are they cluttering up the space.
For many years, I would have books by my bedside and the pile used to grow. My intention was to read a chapter before I went to bed, but the reality was often that I didn’t. Then I woke up in the morning the books would be the first thing I would see, and I would feel disappointment that I hadn’t gotten through everything I wanted to do. It wasn’t the best way to start my day, and I realised that as much as my intentions were good, my bedroom was to be a place of relaxation and rejuvenation – not a place of learning.
Removing the books, I placed a novel there instead – and it changed everything. I was able to read a chapter or two before bed and woke up refreshed and inspired for my day ahead. The other books did and didn’t get read, but the inspiration from reading something I enjoyed inspired me in the day ahead.
Take notice of what you see when you first wake up. Is it inspiring or does it invoke another feeling. What can you do in your space to make it more inspiring?
When you’re sorting through your clothes, be honest about what you wear and what you don’t wear. When I recently looked for a plain t-shirt to wear, I couldn’t find one. Many of them were wrestling gimmick t-shirts from a phase a few years back when all the t-shirts were on sale. I had always thought I had plenty of t-shirts and never needed new ones, but in reality I didn’t have any that represented me, here and now.
Release the clothes you aren’t wearing anymore, and if you’re not keen to get rid of them just yet, box them and if you’ve not gone into that box a year later, know that they’re ready to move on as well.
Additional Clutter Clearing Information
Clearing clutter is the ultimate way to make changes in your life, as well as clearing out what you no longer need. Clutter, for me, is defined as something that I don’t love or don’t use anymore. When I release the physical objects surrounding me, I’m inviting new experiences into my life that I couldn’t have before. Here are the steps I take to clear clutter, which may be of inspiration to you.
Set a Time Limit It is important before you start any clutter clearing, that you know how long you’ve got. You may think that you have all the time in the world, and it will take you no time at all, but actually it can be a bigger job than that. If you have an hour to clutter clear a space, then split the time in half. Thirty minutes would be dedicated to sorting through and clearing the clutter. The second half would give you time to get rid of the clutter, put back the objects that you love and leave you a clean space that will feel uplifting and clutter free. You can do this for smaller amounts of time too, so if you only have twenty minutes to spare, then split that into two rounds of clearing and then disposing of your clutter.
Clear the Surface Sometimes there is “stuff” accumulated on top of the clutter. It can be a powerful exercise to clear away the surface first. This way you can see exactly what clutter you have to clear. This is really handy when you have stuff you want to go through later when you have more time, enabling you to deal with or release the things that you need to do.
Four Boxes This is the most important part of clutter clearing itself. You will need to get four boxes or bags and label them as “Throw Away,” “Give Away/Donate,” “Recycle,” “Maybe Later/Store” and “Keep”. The names are quite simple, and should be self explanatory. The only thing I will say is that your “Maybe Later/Store” box should have an expiration date. Whatever you put in that box, seal it up at the end and put a date on it that is in six months time. If you’ve not needed anything in the box by that date, then you can give it away.
Questions to Ask Yourself The following questions will help you when you are going through your things to find out if it is clutter or not.
- Do I love it?
- Do I use it?
- Do I really need this?
- Does this fit who I am? Does this fit who I desire to be in the future?
- Does this make my energy go up, down, or remain neutral?
After answering these questions, decide if the object you are holding is clutter. Ask yourself, “Do I want to throw this away, give it away or sell it, recycle it, keep it, or store it for another time?” There is a place inside of you that knows the exact right answer. And there is immense power in making a decision. Decide quickly and go to the next item. It works well to decide quickly. This gets your conscious mind out of the way and makes room for your inner knowing to come forward.