I like spirals.? My favorite hanging flower vase is crafted from a piece of copper pipe shaped as a three-dimensional spiral holding a clear glass vase.?
One of the prettiest shells I have ever seen has a soft, swooping spiral ridge in white, plaster-looking material.? (Apparently these come from sea snails in the Pacific Ocean making them not seashells in the strict sense.) ?
In the logo that represents me to the world, I included a spiral embedded in the light of the sun. ?
The image of the spiral resonates within something deep inside us all: the ebb and flow of the lines, the giving and receiving of the image as it makes its path, the possibility of continuity and continuous participation. ?Within the path of the spiral, the journey can be literally up the mountain or around the four corners of the earth.? Spiritually, the spiral journey can also be within the gentle motion of your heart or around the arduous mountain of challenge in understanding self.? We go and come, circling back and up and beyond to return home once again. ? I mention the spiral for several reasons.? Over the last six months, I have often felt the presence of the spiral.? In some instances, I felt myself spiraling out of control.? In others, I felt myself barely making the next turn, the next step.? In contrast I can look back now and know that I have come a long way, and though this journey is not done in so many ways, I feel myself growing daily more excited about the journey. ? I am getting back into my writing world and when I was trying to decided what to share today, I came across the following.? This was the newsletter copy I had prepared to send out the day of my car wreck back in September and had put it off and then forgotten its existence.? So it seems appropriate to share now as the flow returns and my journey begins a new turn.? ?More on that below. ?
The Spiral Practice (AKA: Spiritual Practice Into Real Awareness Lovingly) The following spiritual practice started out as a marketing exercise.? I asked a few folks to give me feedback and they found this really effective in helping to focus and clarify possible blocks or sources for feeling stuck.? Here’s how it works: ? 1.? The following list contains some possible problems or challenges that someone who is serious about spiritual growth and study might encounter. ? 2.? Take a look at this list, and choose the three to five points that fit you best right now.? You may either choose based on where you sense yourself generally or you may focus your choices toward a particular issue that you are wanting some clarity with.? You may also write your own points. ? 3.? Rank each of your choices using a weighted system with 20 points.? For example, if all the issues are equal for you give them equal ranking of 4.? If one seems more assign it a bigger portion, like a 8 and the others get 3 points.? The total must equal 20 whether you have 3, 4, or 5 choices. ? 4.? Now answer this question:? If you had to pick only one as the most frequent or most troubling, which one would you pick? ?
Here’s the Spiral List: Never getting anywhere, feeling stuck Not feeling good about myself Trouble applying new ideas to everyday life Trouble understanding physical and spiritual Dealing with ambiguity Dealing with complexity Needing immediate assistance to see and understand what can’t be seen alone Finding reliable/trustworthy guidance Releasing blocks Quieting my inner critic Finding relief from inner trouble (anxiety, depression) Support for spiritual growth Trusting guidance from self Feeling alone and lost Trusting guidance from others Balancing traditional religious beliefs with spiritual beliefs Living without fear, judgment or blame Integrating new learning Finding balance/harmony Trusting or feeling connection with the divine/God/Spirit Feeling Like I Know, but Can’t Remember Who I Really Am Living without fear, judgment, or blame especially of self Identifying personal truth ? ? I’d love to hear how this goes for you.? Please share your responses! ? ?
My next step: Next Tuesday, March 29, I am traveling to Japan for three weeks.? This is a trip that has been in the works for almost 6 months.? Under the awesome sponsorship of Voice Workshops, Inc., I am going to be teaching about the Akashic Records and doing individual sessions.? Here are more detail. ? I will have my own apartment in the central area of Tokyo — an area not subject to revolving blackouts because of the essential nature of the many businesses in this area.? I will be meeting new people and seeing old friends.? I know I will be busy, but I am hoping to get out a bit and look around Tokyo.? It’s been over 20 years since I’ve visited and 30 since I lived there.? I am excited to see the changes and witness the motion of this historic moment. ? As my schedule allows, I hope to be posting pictures and writing about my experience — check this blog (https://www.cherylmarlene.com/blog/) beginning March 31.? I will be back in my office Monday, April 25. ? Mata aimashoo!? Literally: Let’s meet again later!