Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas + Other Cool Stuff from Week 2 of Alan Seale's 4-week course, Soul Mission
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Alan Seale, PCC, CTPC, MSC is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, leadership and transformation coach, and founder and director of the Center for Transformational Presence. His first book, Intuitive Living: A Sacred Path, received the prestigious Coalition of Visionary Resources Award for Best Book in Spirituality 2001. His other books include Soul Mission * Life Vision (2003), The Manifestation Wheel: A Practical Process for Creating Miracles (2008), and The Power of Your Presence (2009), and most recently, Create a World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation (2011).
Alan specializes in coaching leaders to facilitate transformation by living and working from a greatly expanded personal consciousness, a high level of self-awareness, and a profound understanding of how the world works as energy in motion.
Soul Mission is about answering the big questions. "Why am I here?" "What
is my purpose?" "What can I give to the world?" "What am I being called to become?" This course is Alan's answer to these questions!
Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas from Week 2:
Big Idea #1: The Point of Stillness
This week, Alan shared three incredible exercises with us. Here’s the first one!
Connect with your breath. Feel it entering and exiting your body. Connect with the point at which it enters your nostrils. Relax into the breathing.
As you continue to breathe, imagine that the floor is opening below you on the inhale. As you exhale, float down to this lower level.
As you inhale again, see the floor below you open once more. Drop down. You are coming to your point of stillness.
Continue descending. Don’t fight whatever distractions may arise, just breathe and gently float down.
Each breath helps you go deeper, to the place deep in the heart of your being where your soul lives, a place where no one can touch you and where you are completely safe.
As you settle in, allow yourself to rest in the point of stillness. Imagine yourself lying back, held with love in the arms of your soul.
As you rest in the arms of your soul, ask the soul about what you are still holding too tightly. Ask it what it needs for you to do to come to a point of complete relaxation.
If you are being asked to act, commit to acting, and breathe back into the stillness of the moment.
When you have spent some time in the place of stillness, return to the room, maintaining a deep anchor to your soul.
Big Idea #2: Deep Soul Connection
In this exercise, Alan teaches us how to communicate with our soul as we move towards embodying its mission:
Bring awareness to your breath, being aware as you inhale and exhale. Breathe deeply and let go of the tension in your body.
Now imagine your soul floating out of your body in front of you. See its color, its shape, hear the sound that it makes, see its movement – observe it with every sense.
Now, ask your soul about its greatest strengths. What is it good at? Ask it what it most wants to experience in life. Ask it what it wants most from you.
Ask your soul what makes it unique, what makes it different from everyone else’s soul. Ask it to tell you why it’s here.
When your soul has given you its answers, drop underneath them. What lies below these answers? What are the deeper truths?
Now, allow your soul to float back into your body. Breathe into it. Be aware how your energy shifts as you breathe into your soul. Allow the soul to permeate the entirety of your body.
Big Idea #3: Assets and Deficits
In this exercise, Alan teaches us how to connect with what makes us feel most alive.
Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle creating two columns: assets and deficits.
In the asset column, write down the activities that leave you feeling energized and invigorated. In the column of deficits, write down the activities that deplete you.
Now go to your asset list. Consider, who are you getting to be when you do each thing? What is the underlying theme of the assets? Maybe the theme is that you are energized when you’re getting to be creative. Maybe you feel it when you get to learn or explore or help someone or make a deep human connection.
Now go to the deficits column. Ask yourself, what is missing from these activities which, if it were present, would stop them from being draining? Find the thing that needs to be present for you not to be drained of energy.
Throughout the week, try to continue breathing deeply, dropping into the point of stillness, dialoguing with your soul and understanding your soul’s deficits and assets!
Other Cool Stuff:
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We hope you enjoyed and we'll see you in Week 3!
-The en*theos Team