Over the next 4 weeks we’ll follow a program of co-creating as follows (note, of course you will be inspired to veer into your own way of doing these things…I’m just sharing what I am doing); You’ll want a notebook, and a nice pen, and for the third week, collage materials, magazines, or junk mail, I grab anything that might have words or visions which I can create into a vision board. You can also draw your own items.
0. Awareness practice
1. Big picture, Little picture
2. Revise, re-frame, rearrange the picture as you go.
3. The vision board
4. Action plan/timeline.
This week I invite you to consider, your big picture and all the little pictures that you are creating within that big picture. We can split this up by time, and also by subject. Larger segments of time (the year) and smaller (the day). Larger categories of life (all our relationships, the world) and smaller (my family). I’d like to propose that as you consider the course you want to chart this year, that you craft and design your plan with a mind to the big picture and the little picture. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra he tells that, when we arrive at the end of a series of steps, we see how we got where we are. We can flip that teaching around and understand that conscious decision making is a step by step process and that the steps we take to get from one place to another are happening continuously in a stream which is, for the most part, not conscious. Until we decide to make it conscious, which is part of what we are doing here. We make thousands, maybe millions, of decisions a day. Intending, crafting and charting your course, moment by moment is a way to co create a life. Co create meaning We are Creating with the highest wisest aspect of ourselves with which we reconnect through our yoga practice. â€For years I did this visioning once a year, vision board, goal setting. Everywhere, sometime during the year it would get lost. Years ago, I went to my first seminar about this, and the facilitator encouraged us to keep working and revising our plans throughout the year. I was so rigid at the time, I couldn’t do that- I couldn’t even imagine doing that. But as I worked with this idea from the Yoga Sutra of step by step conscious decision making, I learned to be more fluid about my outer destinations and more anchored in my inner destination. In my opinion, this was the basis of my successful pivoting throughout the past year during Covid-19. Successful being defined as never feeling thrown off course, always celebrating each new trail and never dissolving into defeat. This is a part of it, it’s a good idea to celebrate the journey to completion rather than the completion of some projected big dream. Each step on the journey will contain little victories and little victories add up to big accomplishments. The understanding of the little relationship between the little pieces an the big pieces is part of working the first creative step: Big Picture, Little picture.
One of the things I learned as a conscious co-creator was that I could create castles in the air and actual opportunities galore. But there was a big disconnect with my ability to manifest the opportunity and my ability to ground those opportunities into tangible successes. I might get 30 people in a class if I desired it, but they were a hodgepodge of people so diverse that my teaching became fragmented, and no good roots were grown which sustained the work into the future. As you craft the big picture those roots ar important…where is the desire coming from and what is it really about? Perhaps the beautiful new home you dream about emerges from a place of love for beauty and craftsmanship, or perhaps it has significance in the realm of extended family. Perhaps the new romantic relationship you desire is a desire for sharing or collaborating or good old fashioned enjoyment. Perhaps the new career path is about discovoring and embracing your own gifts and value. It’s good to turn the larger visions over like precious gems, investigating their many facets.
When crafting the large vision, be prepared to revisit and rework it periodically, and reflect on it often.
I then begin a process of working the vision everyday in some way. I make a quicker more mundane list of the ten things I want to experience each day, maybe effectiveness or communication, joy or flirtation. At the end of the week, I review those lists and my larger vision, and create a 10 item vision plan for the week. Once again I repeat the daily vision plans. Make note as you do it, that each time you work your program, you are planting seeds of creation.
The little plans were powerful. They became actual action plans towards my goal, so at the beginning of the day, I committed to what I wanted by scheduling actions related to the large goal. This moved things forward but it also did something more important. It acted as a filter. Perhaps I envision a work role or romantic partnership. When the time came to take action toward the goal arrived, I would find myself resisting, never sending the resume, never meeting the fellow for coffee. I learned that somehow I wasn’t aligned with those goals right now. As much as I thought wanted them, I wasn’t ready to have them. So, I would just “turn them over to spirit” and re-frame the bigger picture vision.
So that is a way to develop and work with these visions in time. Remember though, that a miracle can happen in an instant, so taking the time to do this, isn’t because the goals take time to develop. It’s to get ourselves ready to receive.
Spend Day 1 of week 1, writing out your big vision. In the big vision, I suggest that you include all the different areas of your life, relational, financial, social.
Each day of this week, between our posts, go through and craft your little big, little picture list. What are you going to take from those large visions into your day? Note any feelings or resistances that come up. By December 26 your vision will be clearer and more embraceable. Because actually, we’re going to we’re using these steps to develop the big picture that we want to launch our new year.
Each morning think about how you want your day to go. Refer to the vision and integrate relevant action steps into your daily obligations. It’s likely during the day that you will forget, get distracted and redirected. These are excellent times to stop do a little breathing or a yoga posture. Check in to see how you actually want to move forward with your list. .Which brings us to an important piece. The best visioning includes a foundation of an awareness practice. Yoga, meditation, dancing. Whatever it is that allows you to step outside of who you believe you are for a few minutes and connect with your highest and wisest self.
That’s it for today, I hope this helps you to get started with charting your course for your next new beginning.
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