Journal Prompt: Title your project and write a mission statement. See clearly what you ideally want to see by May 14th and why you want to see it.
"To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going so you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right direction." - Stephen R. Covey
Journal Prompt: Now that you have begun with the end in mind, it's time to reverse engineer. Map out the weeks between now and May 14th. For each week, choose 1-3 ideals that you would like to see come to fruition in order to make it all happen!
"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination." Napoleon Hill
Journal Prompt: Go out into the sunlight and close your eyes, turning your heart and mind's eye to the sun. Ask any question, or just simply open yourself to new thoughts.
“I am willing to release old negative beliefs. They are only thoughts that stand in my way. My new thoughts are positive and fulfilling.” - Louise Hay
Journal Prompt: Moondays are our 'catch-up' days, so if there are any journal prompts you need to catch up on, today is the day. If you are completely caught up, read over your journal entries from last week and perhaps draw, paint, or make a piece of art just for the sake of art.
“The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great or good if the inward is small or of little worth.”-- Meister Eckhart
Journal Prompt: How do you feel in your spaces? How would you like to feel? Look at your environments with fresh eyes; see the real alongside your ideals. Discover tiny inspirations in your environments. Be open to the things in your environment in new and helpful ways. Appreciate everything. Change in your spaces anything you can and want to. Be real with reality and make real time adjustments so your fantasy works.
“Three things differentiate living from the soul versus living from the ego only: the ability to sense and learn new ways, the tenacity to ride a rough road, and the patience to learn deep love over time.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Journal Prompt: Practice the art of listening first. Practice it on yourself. Sit with a pen and paper and come into a space of heart-centered listening to your own heart. Do you hear anything? A word, a phrase? If you ask a question, what answer do you receive? Write it down only after you hear it so that your listening skills become subtle and acute. Practice this on others, especially with what is being unsaid underneath their words.
"Listen before you speak. Understand. Diagnose. Listen with your ears... and your eyes and heart. Find out what the most important behaviors are to the people you’re working with. Don’t assume you know what matters most to others. Don’t presume you have all the answers - or all the questions." - Stephen Covey
Journal Prompt: Is there something in your life that you are not in acceptance about? Anything about your project that you are not in acceptance about? Acceptance of reality is a root step. Whatever it is you may be feeling or thinking, accept it first. Write it out. Being honest and real with yourself and your situations is liberating. Your reality is the launch pad that you then can spring from.
"You want to accept God but you don’t want what God did. How can you reconcile that? You want to accept the Creator, but you don’t want to accept the Creation. Impossible!" - Yogi Bhajan 7/10/84
Journal Prompt: Place your writing utensil in your non-dominant hand and allow your inner child to write you a short and sweet letter. You may even ask it what it wants or needs from you. Your inner child might also have some wonderful insight into your creative project!
"Our purity lies in our originality. Our intuition lies in our innocence." - Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: Peruse your local paper and find events in these upcoming weeks where you can go out and be in the group aura of like minded artists and visionaries. Go and allow yourself to be inspired! Meet new people. Allow others to know you.
"But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls." - Khalil Gibran
Journal Prompt: Observe the merry-go-round of thoughts in your mind, and all the myriad aspects of your personality that generate these thoughts. Write down the qualities of energy associated with the "horses on the merry-go-round" whose thoughts / feelings / outlook are most desired by you. Choose one quality of energy that you would like to inspire you this week and then navigate your next seven days in service to expanding this quality of energy within you. (example: mine for this week is 'zealous commitment'.)
“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
― Mary Oliver
Journal Prompt: Mondays are catch up days! If there are any journal entries that you have not had the chance to write, today is the day. If there are steps in your creative project that you haven't gotten around to, today is the day. If there are dream entries or journal entries that you can read, today is the day.
Illuminata by Marty Hamed
Oh Holy Matter who brings us out of darkness and into being, we are ripples of energy moving on the wave of life. Sparks jumping to be fanned into flames that ignite our existence. The light nurtures us as atoms collide, molecules swirl, and DNA twirls us into something miraculous. Through millions of millennia synapses fire as ancient embers ignite memories, and the deja vu of our eternity arises again, and again, and again.
We are your sacrament of water, air, and dust --- of worlds built and consumed by wind and oceans and time. Our soft earthly temples hold altars to the energetic essence of our being as we was and wane in your timeless trinity of life, death, rebirth. We are gifted with the dust of passing stars, bestowing upon us the cosmic mystery of your gifts. You bring us light and sight, and visions of all that we were, we are, and will be. And in the coming and going, in the void and fullness, in the dark and the light, there you are --- Sacred Divine Eternal Matter.
Journal Prompt: Mars Day! Take some risks today... Risks that boldly express love and beauty. Be unwavering about it. Write down OUTRAGEOUS ideas of what is possible for you!!!
"I shall leap from the raft I misperceived as safety and risk the sea of love. For it is my own deeps I seek." Susa Silvermarie
Journal Prompt: Sit as if you were on top of Mount Everest and give all your worries, concerns, cares and griefs to God. Have an honest talk to God, as if you are in a therapy session and can simply just unload and unburden yourself. Feel free to write anything that comes forward for you after this, but refrain from writing down any of your burdens… they are now lifted.
“The head is a computer. The heart has the power of 108 suns. The Heart Center is the strongest of all centers. Whenever you pray with the head, it will take so long—you have to go through the intellect, thought, circumstance, environment, space and time. Whenever you sing or pray from the heart, it will be timeless, spaceless and absolutely effective.
Think just as you throw a stone into the water and the waves go out, similarly your thought waves are going out. Imagine you are on the top of Mount Everest. You are sitting and sending waves out to the entire globe. You are a beautiful magnetic field and you vibrate. Send the waves out.” - Yogi Bhajan 3/29/96
Journal Prompt: Read Yogi Bhajan's quote below and then please write about how you can relate it to your project. Where can you infuse your Self and your project with open, honest, bright, and forthright energy? Where are you living under a camouflage? Call yourself out and consider all the ways that you play safe / small. Write about all the things that can support you in coming out of your shell to become a stronger warrior of Divine Consciousness.
“As we are entering the Age of Aquarius, we have to become responsible, outspoken, leading teachers of this Age. That's what we have trained for and that's what we have grown into. You cannot live under a camouflage. You have to live openly, honestly, brightly, and forthrightly. Your words should be so strong that they affect every heart; your truth should be so pure that it lifts a person's soul to the heights.”
-Yogi Bhajan, 7/28/02
Journal Prompt: Time for non-dominant hand-writing again! Today we have the full moon energy coming off of Libra into Scorpio... Let us focus on ways that we are to refine our creativity, our desires, our relationship with Self and others. Let your inner child speak to you, unfiltered. Let your inner child tell you what it is ready to release this new waning cycle. Listen. Write it down. Share it with us. Then, create!
“Quick release makes it fly better.”
― Avaneesh Devkota
Journal Prompt: Writing assignment!!! Read the poem below and write your own "I am the..." poem! Take in the senses around you and within you and declare it. Your poem doesn't have to have the same amount of lines as Amergin's below, but use the same format, ending your poem with three lines of "Who can tell...?" Please share your poem with the group or use the hashtag #corising and tag me so I can see! There's no 'due-date' but since Mondays are our catch up days, try a go at it between now and then!
I am the wind which breathes upon the sea;
I am the wave upon the ocean;
I am the murmur of the billows;
I am a bull of seven fights;
I am an eagle upon a rock;
I am a ray of the sun;
I am the most beautiful of plants;
I am a strong wild boar;
I am a salmon in the water;
I am a lake in the plain;
I am the word of knowledge;
I am the head of the spear in battle;
I am the god that puts fire in the head;
Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?
Who can tell the ages of the moon?
Who can tell the place where the sun rests?
- Amergin Glúingel
Journal Prompt: What quality of energy do you feel is ready to rise from within you this week to strengthen your spiritual immune system? What is life beckoning you to grow into on the soul line of life as you stretch yourself and further your works on the goal line? Write down as many qualities as come forward, and then please choose one or two for your quality expansion word of the week.
"You are very powerful provided you know how powerful you are." - Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: Today is catch up day! Explore any journal entries, replays, or steps in your creative project that you have not gotten around to just yet! Perhaps you are called to share your I AM poem, too?? :)
"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso
Journal Prompt: Read the Lakota Code of Ethics and focus on one that really resonates for you. Write about how and why it does and how you can integrate the ethics into your life right now, and into your creative birthings.
Rise with the sun to pray.
Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.
Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
Search for yourself, by yourself.
Do not allow others to make your path for you.
It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
Treat the guests in your home with much consideration.
Serve them the best food, give them the best bed, and treat them with respect and honor.
Do not take what is not yours, whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or a culture.
It was neither earned nor given. It is not yours.
Respect all things that are placed upon this earth, whether they be people or plants.
Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words.
Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.
Allow each person the right to personal expression.
Never speak of others in a bad way.
The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
All persons make mistakes.
And all mistakes can be forgiven.
Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit .
Nature is not for us, it is a part of us.
Things in nature are part of your worldly family.
Children are the seeds of our future.
Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons.
When they are grown, give them space to grow.
Avoid hurting the hearts of others.
The poison of your pain will return to you.
Be truthful at all times.
Honesty is the test of one’s will within this universe.
Keep yourself balanced.
Your mental self, spiritual self, emotional self, and physical self all need to be strong, pure and healthy.
Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react.
Be responsible for your own actions.
Respect the privacy and personal space of others.
Do not touch the personal property of others, especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
Be true to yourself first.
You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
Respect others’ religious beliefs.
Do not force your belief on others.
Share your good fortune with others.
Journal Prompt: If the importance of full engagement is most vivid where the consequences of our disengagement are profound, lean into that for today's writing and express how dire it may be to your soul if you disengage. While the consequences of disengagement might not be as obvious as if we were an open-heart surgeon, there are perhaps subtle, yet profound, consequences on our psyche if we let our dreams (and time and energy) slip by without putting all we have into them.
The Power of Full Engagement - Principle One:
Full engagement requires drawing on four separate, but related sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Journal Prompt: Are there ways or behaviors that are depleting your energy reserves? Write about how you can improve upon renewing your energy.
The Power of Full Engagement - Principle Two:
Because energy capacity diminishes both with overuse and underuse, we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal.
- Jim Loehr and Tony Shwartz
Journal Prompt: It's non-dominant handwriting day again! This time, the theme is about how to stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zones while remaining grounded, relaxed, and systematic. After reading Principle Three below, let your inner child speak to you about ways you can grow and stretch together. Feel free to share on the fb page!
The Power of Full Engagement - Principle Three:
To build capacity, we must push beyond our normal limits, training in the same systematic way that elite athletes do.
- Jim Loehr and Tony Shwartz
Journal Prompt: Saturn Day! Let's have some fun with this Mars square Neptune transit and come up with a name for our alter-ego... your revolutionary Ziggy Stardust personality, embracing glam and glitz and sex appeal, completely uninhibited and super daring in all aspects of creativity. As for principle 4 below, this is something meant to be applied to daily living, so feel free to start infusing your routine with more mindfulness, zest, intention, and perhaps some chanting! Sat Nam.
The Power of Full Engagement - Principle Four:
"Positive energy rituals -- highly specific routines for managing energy -- are the key to full engagement and sustained high-performance."
- Jim Loehr and Tony Shwartz
Journal Prompt: Day of the Sun! Let's choose a new word of the week in service to our quality expansion -- a word whose meaning we can infuse into our projects and our words and our deeds. Let this word be inspired by our 'Ziggy Stardust' character; a word that helps you feel uninhibited and free!
"She reaches down and opens her first button,
every button hole is a spy hole,
on a land she's danced across,
cliffs of change she's blithely leapt off
lifting up the clouds closer to the sun
with her great gasps of pleasure.
I can only stare,
it's the land of primal fire
when life was just a fish thought
when we were soup
before we got our eyes,
- Debra Hall
Journal Prompt: Mondays are our catch-up days. How apropos, as Saturn goes retrograde today, asking us to go sweeping back into undone things and do the things!
"Do the thing and you shall have the power." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journal Prompt: Re-examine the weeks that you have outlined for this course and note if there are any steps along your process that you have been putting off! Look at your 'to-do' list and go small... smaller... smaller still until you come to that baby step that you know you can do in a blink of an eye if you just START.... Write down at least 3 small tiny itty bitty baby steps that you can get to today in service to furthering your creative endeavors. Then, do 'em!
"A time warrior removes her sword and dismembers procrastination." - Steve Chandler
Journal Prompt: Happy Beltane! Write a "fierce incantation"! It can be in honor of healing you, the earth, each other. It can be in honor of pleasure! It can be in honor of your creativity... just make it fierce / strong / powerful!
"As channels, our power to transform the world burgeons. We sing! To the trees, the water, the winds. We sing fierce incantations to heal our Gaia! We dance and love with every fiber of our beings--- until we drop like children into Her bountiful lap." - Susa Silvermarie
Journal Prompt: A healthy ego is to have healthy self-esteem. Meditate on your self-esteem and dig in! Contemplate the ways you hold yourself back which lowers your self-esteem. Write down the choices you prefer to be making in your life which build your self-esteem.
"Your life is created. It is not delivered to you." - Steve Chandler
Journal Prompt: It's our non-dominant handwriting day! Today's theme is all about service. How to leave a legacy that serves future generations. How service can be at the heart of our creative works. Put your pen in your non-dominant hand and allow a message to come forward with regard to your special gifts of service for the earth.
"I have no intention of telling anybody what to do, but you have to tell yourself what to do. Kundalini yoga does tell you one thing: one day you will stand before your consciousness and God, face to face. Your eyes will totally lock into the Eyes. Your breath will become one with the Great Breath. At that moment, you will answer to how truthful you were, how real you were, and how much you accomplished. The counterfeit currency of emotions and personality will have no worth at that time. If you can collect heavenly currency here through doing heavenly service, good." - Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: Happy New Moon in Taurus! Open your senses! Savor the flavors! It's time for a fresh start and an invocation of pleasure! O, the earthly treasures we can delight in... Write out your intentions for this next moon cycle. Invoke your intentions in ritual. Have a ceremony of pleasure and be delighted. If you are inspired, write a pleasure poem, or pleasure haiku, to go along with your moon intentions.
"Every morning when I awake, I again experience a supreme pleasure. That of being Salvatore Dali." - Salvatore Dali
Journal Prompt: Chardi Kala is the energy that keeps up. The strength of Spirit despite any odds or obstacles. Victory! Choose ONE WORD for the week that will invigorate you with CHARDI KALA. Let this ONE WORD propel you through the week, bringing victory to your steps!
"The Radiance of God and Guru fills every pore
and cell of the body.
Chardi Kala is the seat of the pranas.
Chardi Kala is the Source of all good."
- Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: Moon Day is our catch up day! Perhaps you write a pleasure poem, or get your hands in your creative works! Enjoy!
"First we identify ourselves. We are, we are.
Second, our words should be such that they
should cool down any fire, the desperation,
the depression of the person.
Third, we must have the power to uplift the soul
and serve the person, to be graceful.
And finally, we must stand pure."
- Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: Today we face a square between Venus and Saturn, and it is an invitation to put earnest effort into our endeavors so that they are effective; so that they bare fruit. Meditate / write on all of your daily actions and efforts and what kind of fruit they may likely bare. Are there things you work on that bare no fruit, or worse yet, rob you of fruit???
"Kundalini yoga gives us access to the storehouse of resources built into our body and mind. The body is the instrument through which we receive our tangible experiences. If we treat it with respect and care, we are that much more able to experience and direct our life effectively."
- Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: Our task today is to recognize the part of us that perceives thought. The perceiver of thought must be clear of false identities, projections, emotional imbalance, so that the perception of thought is clear and aligned with the intuition of Soul. Bring your awareness to how you perceive your thoughts. Are you attaching to them in any ways? Are you identifying yourself with them as Self? Bring your mind to the meditation of I Am that I Am today and see what it brings you.
""Using the mind to try and convince the mind to be still is like stopping a hurricane by blowing at it." - Yogi Bhajan and Guru Charan Singh Khalsa
Journal Prompt: The first stage of the Five Stages on the Path of Wisdom is Saram Pad, the 'honeymoon period', or the stage of the novice. There are three motivations that bring us to this stage of Saram Pad; necessity, possibility, and destiny. Thinking back to the start of our journey, write about these three motivations. For example, necessity... what pain were you in, or where were you stuck? For possibility, perhaps the prospect of doing a daily meditation enticed you because you were hoping to ______? Yogi Bhajan said that destiny is the call from your whole Being. Write about the feelings of being called to something from the totality of your Being. How does it feel in your body, emotions, mind, and Soul?
"A calling is from the whole self. When we act on a calling, there is the feeling of destiny. It feels as if we make a choice from true free will, and that we would make no other choice." - Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: This being our non-dominant handwriting day, let's hear from our inner child on this Leo Moon Venus Day and allow a message to come forward with regard to how we can enjoy even the most mundane of tasks and stop complaining about life's tasks.
"The mind is above time and space. If you decide not to complain, it will immediately compensate you with intuition." - Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: The third stage of wisdom, Shakti Pad, is when we either transform and continue to heed the call to a higher state of conscious living / choices, or we allow the egoic desires to command us. Write about if you have noticed this struggle within you, and any ways in which you can come through victorious in this test.
"The ego is not your amigo." - Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: The fourth stage of wisdom is Sahej Pad, the stage of the expert. There is a flow in this stage; an elegance, with compassion and the call to impart knowledge. Sunday is our day to choose a word (or two or three) that inspires us for the week. What quality of energy do you wish to expand within yourself this week? What, within you, is the quality, or qualities, that embody this sahej stage of wisdom?
"Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light." - Yogi Bhajan
PS>>> I say "Day 37" in the recording, but woosh, we are on day 38!!!
Journal Prompt: Happy Moon Day -- Our official catch-up day... If there are journal entries you've missed; poems, haikus, non-dominant writings, or otherwise, today is a good day to find the ones that call you and write, write, write! Or, perhaps there are things calling you about your creative project. Just start and flow and embody the present like a master in the fifth and final stage of wisdom, Sat Pad. Communicate, Comprehend, Compare, and Intelligently and Intuitively apply yourself to your tasks at hand, from your Totality. Blessings!
"When you speak, it should be as if Infinity is speaking." - Yogi Bhajan
Journal Prompt: There is an art to declaring something complete. Pause for enough time today to recognize all that occurred in these 40 days. If you didn't get around to completing something you wanted to, it can remain on your list and the time for it may come soon. There is also an art of saying, I am done with that even though I never did it. There is wisdom in this letting go. Pause again for enough time today to thank yourself. Pause even more for enough time today to contemplate where you would like to go next. Listen very deeply to what the call of your spirit is, not the call of your mind. Feel into where you are and where you would like to focus next. Honor your Soul.
"Breath of life, working through,
Spinning through the body and creating the vibration
From time immemorial to future generations.
Seed of the man, beads of the rosary,
Individual magnitude and nature's reality.
They meet or conflict, but life is built.
Some go fulfilled, some go empty.
Some understand life's reality.
This coming and going is all the Lord's show.
Nobody is weak. Nobody is strong.
No one is right and no one is wrong.
The show goes on."
- Yogi Bhajan