After nearly forty years of procrastination, in September of 2015, I summoned the courage to see a guidance counselor for direction on returning to school and soon had enrolled in two classes. Choices were limited as I was signing up so near the beginning of the semester, in fact some classes had already begun. I chose Mindful Self-Compassion, a stress management course (who doesn’t need help with that!) and Creating College Success, as I knew I would need to re-learn study skills.
The Monday that began week three of classes, I received an e-mail with the Brad Yates EFT video of the week, (I get this e-mail weekly and it directs me to You-Tube for a tapping round.) The auto-play after Brad’s video was an interview with Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way” which I have heard about for many years. She spoke of re-awakening and enhancing both intuition and creativity with the use of three simple tools, one of which is the “Morning Pages”, three pages of hand-written script on any subject to be written daily. I thought it was a small investment that could have a great yield, so I began the practice that day.
A few days later as I was in the middle of my daily Qi-Gong practice, my gaze was directed to a book on the shelf a few feet in front of me. When practice was complete, I went to the shelf and retrieved the book, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron! The book describes a twelve week program and certainly it seemed time to begin, I would start week one on Monday, (which would be the fourth week of my classes). I was astonished to find that the curriculum for all three courses pointed directly to the same material; examining the destructive effects of self-criticism and self-judgment, exploring the victim and creator mindset, and suggesting new practices to employ when self-talk has become damaging and depleting, and the victim mindset has entrenched itself. Mindful Self-Compassion offers the opportunity to acknowledge shortcomings and failures in a more accepting way, which actually provides greater incentive for positive change.
It is a beautiful reminder that the Divine Mind has a loving influence on the course of my life,and that when I quiet myself and listen to “The Part That Knows”, the most amazing adventures unfold.