Did you work on your homework over the weekend? What sorts of affirmations did you come up with?
This week, the chapter “Recovering A Sense of Integrity” draws to a close. In delicious synchronicity with this theme, one of my heroes of the Tarot, James Wanless, creator of the Voyager Deck, recently posted about the Integrity card on his blog:
“Integral means to be whole, and while integrity is often used at living in your truth and authenticity, it still refers to the quality of being wholly, fundamentally put together so that there are no compromises, gaps and uncertainties…
“Integrity is about hooking together and thinking and being in a ‘both/and’ world. When we can hold to the polarities and embrace them both, wow, we have an enduring, dynamically, flexible stability…Take the middle road. Think whole, inclusive, expansive and balanced.”
In order to do this, the ongoing work is to restore our wholeness, living in our truth. Our work here has been to recover that sense of who we are, minus the layers of detritus that have accumulated as we submerged beneath other peoples’ dramas, the lash of our inner critic, our shame, and our fears.
If you took some time over the weekend to review your morning pages so far, I hope you were surprised to see how far along your healing and recovery have really come. Today, we have another exercise for excavating the buried artist within us. I’m going to offer it in two parts.
Julia describes it as discovering long lost shards of buried dreams and delights. “Do a little digging, please,” she writes. “Be fast and frivolous. This is an exercise in spontaneity, so be sure to write your answers out quickly. Speed kills the Censor.”
1. List five hobbies that sound fun.
2. List five classes that sound fun.
3. List five things you personally would never do that sound fun.
Please share with us, if you’d like. Part two will be tomorrow!