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Tut, tut, tut. Naughty me. Yes I fell off my Vision Class train for a bit guys. I’m not sure if it was because I got super busy after getting the temp job, or whether it’s because I got a bit complacent after manifesting something I needed. Maybe a little of both. Morning pages got a little sporadic and my artist dates have been postponed or uninspiring (have to be honest).  But the good news is I’m back on it! Yay!

So I have been doing week 5 for the past 2 weeks or so and finished late last week. I really wanted to share one of the exercises with you that was really powerful to me.

It was very revealing and some of my answers surprised me a little. I thought I was over ‘that’, came to mind as read back. ‘That’ being things that I had dealt with through counselling and other personal development activities but yet still came to mind as soon as I read the question, so in turn the exercise raised a few other questions for me.

How do we really forgive? Is forgiveness about pushing things to the back of your mind and forgetting about how much they bothered you. Or can you truly get over hurt, pain and loss and I’m just not doing it right? Or have I in fact forgiven but just refer to those things out of habit? I may have to explore the answers to those questions myself (unless any of you are willing to comment below and help me make sense of it).

The Artist’s Way – p118

By seeking the creator within and embracing our own gift of creativity, we learn to be spiritual in this world, to trust that God is good and so are we and so is all of creation. In this way, we avoid the Virtue Trap.

THE VIRTUE-TRAP QUIZ

I. The biggest lack in my life is _
2. The greatest joy in my life is _
3. My largest time commitment is _
4. As I play more, I work _
5. I feel guilty that I am _
6. I worry that _
7. If my dreams come true, my family will .
8. I sabotage myself so people will _
9. If I let myself feel it, I’m angry that 1 _
10. One reason I get sad sometimes is _

Try it! And much like the morning pages, don’t think too much about your answers.

Main Points: I loved what Julia Cameron was explaining about taking time for yourself and not feeling guilty. The fact that you’ll be able to be a better you by actually paying attention to yourself and your needs, is the perfect definition of the term self-full. Some people see doing for yourself or ‘filling your cup’ as being selfish. But I am a firm believer in the idea of filling up my cup till it runeth over! Even the most self-less person will begin to get resentful if they are constantly giving to people when they have nothing to give (physically and emotionally)!

Synchronicity was on true form last week and I had just watch some videos on Youtube starring Jada Pinkett Smith and one was entitled “Take care of you first”, where she was advising her daughter Willow about how to balance her roles as a woman, as she takes on more responsibilities in life.

Loved her advice!

What stuck with me most during Week 5, were the questions that Julia Cameron was asking in relation to how low our expectations are of God and why we feel we are not deserving (or God feels we are not deserving) of the things the big things, the outrageous things, the expensive things. I had to ponder on that for a good little while. And I couldn’t answer.

I want to focus on developing my faith, and removing the barriers I’ve put on God. Possibilities really are limitless, but everyday life just puts us into boxes. I especially need to work hard at this at the moment now that I have the temping job because whilst the experience is really great for me, the mentality could lead me to becoming boxed in again (like when I thought I could never quit my job to start working for myself). I never want to be that person again and I will do all I can to experience the freedom I’ve had over the past 12 months for the rest of my life!

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