Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas + Other Cool Stuff from Week 4 of Christine Hassler and Julie Zipper's 6-week course How to Merge the Mystical and Practical.
Leading this power-packed course are Christine Hassler and Julie Zipper. Christine Hassler, is a recovering over-achiever, author of two best-selling books, life coach extraordinaire, professional speaker and spokesperson for American Express. Julie Zipper former airy fairie hippy dippy, Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, creator of AstroZen Meditation CDs and host of weekly YouTube show Creative Meditation. Together these two learned to activate and integrate their Wonder Soul-powers and they can't wait to teach you how as well!
In this course you will learn how to integrate your mystical and practical soul powers and create a life you love!
Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas from Week 4:
Big Idea #1: Being Present
How do we get into the present moment?
We can do this with three easy steps:
Stop. Put down everything that you are doing and take a moment for yourself. Close your eyes.
Look. Look for the thoughts. Are you thinking in the future, which creates overwhelm and anxiety? Are you thinking in the past which can lead to feelings of depression? Or are you caught in stories about someone else? "If only they did x and y, then I could do z..."
Listen. Turn within and listen to your body temple, it gives us signals all the time. Are you feeling a knot in your stomach or some kind of fear? Listen to your guidance, to your higher wisdom self. What wants your attention when you listen to yourself?
Big Idea #2: Explore Challenges
Take a piece of 8 x 11paper and divide it into three colomns. At the top of each coloumn draw a horizontal line for the title.
Column 1 Title: Where I am now
In this column write about where you are currently in your life. You can focus on your physical, mental, spiritual, or financial life, just to name a few.
Example: "I am currently 20 pounds overweight, happily married, living in a large home, and I am depressed."
Skip column 2.
Colomn 3 Title: Where I want to be
In this column write specifically where you want to be. You can focus on your physical, mental, spiritual, or financial life.
Example: "I want to lose 20 pounds, get out of debt, downsize my home, and see someone about my depression."
Now that you have those two columns filled out its time for colomn 2!
Colomn 2 Title: What's in the way
Write specifically what you believe is getting in the way of you achieving column 3.
Example: "I don't have enough time or money. I don't know where to begin. I'm afraid to talk about my depression."
When you've finished with this exercise take a moment to examine all three columns.
Reframe your preseved barriers so that they are not barriers but challenges that can be explored.
Create everyday rituals: this will help you get to where you want to be.
Example: You want to lose weight but you don't have the money to buy a gym membership. Reframe this challenge. Explore different ways to manuever around it. Try a daily walk that will clear your head and help you shed a few pounds!
Big Idea #3: Understand Fear
Fear often gets in our way, it constricts our flow.
Fear is when we buy into false stories. When we are in fear, we begin to believe things that aren't true. We begin to believe that we are victims or that we will fail.
We create stories about the future and what we think will happen, which keeps us stuck and not moving forward. We also use the fear of the past, which we're afraid will repeat. This makes us stagnant.
Use fear as a tool.
Fear is like a child inside us who is throwing a tantrum. When we try to tell that child to calm down, the child becomes more upset. But when we sit with the child and show kindness, they begin to calm down and we can get closer to them and ask questions. We can explore what is really going on.
When we meet fear with kindness and we want to understand it, the fear begins to calm down, allowing us to see what's really behind it.
Here's an exercise to help you cope with your fear:
Divide a piece of paper into two sides, right down the middle.
Tune into the emotions that you had during the self exploration exercise. Now write the sentence “I’m afraid that” and write whatever comes to mind. This is stream of consciousness. Do not pick up your pen, do not think about what you are writing, just write for two minutes.
After you are done, take a moment to notice how your body feels.
Our mystical self knows the truth, we just have to listen to it.
Write “The Truth is” and then write whatever comes to mind. You do not have to answer or address any of your fears on the opposite side of the paper. This is stream of conciousness. Do not pick up your pen, do not think about what you are writing, just write for two minutes.
Now take a moment to notice how your body feels.
This exercise allows us to take a moment and think about the fears we have and to combat them with the truth.
Journal. What are you learning? Use the exercises you’ve learned!
Commit to your rituals and your reframe by making a contract with yourself.
Play the “no blame game." Be concious when you are blaming a situation or a person outside of yourself for something. Take a moment to write it down and free yourself from judgement.
We hope you enjoyed and see you in Week 5!
-The en*theos Team