Strengthening and listening to my intuition is something I am very interested in. It’s highly personal. Everyone’s intuition speaks to them in different ways and everyone has varying levels of being open to hearing it. It’s a completely variable and powerful part of everyone. I love finding ways to tap into this inner guidance. One of the ways ways I have found to get in touch with myself is by writing my heart a letter, telling it what’s going on and asking it for guidance. Then, in return, write a letter, from my heart’s perspective, to myself. I got this exercise from author Carolyn Elliot. The idea is that your heart knows things your conscious mind doesn’t and that your heart is the seat of your intuition. The response from the heart is written in dreamspeak which is the language of the unconscious. Dreamspeak is communicated in metaphors, allusions, portmanteaus, and made up words. Its stream of conscious writing. Dreamspeak incorporates elaborate descriptions of sensory experiences using all five senses. It uses puns, free association, and is non-linear, not making sense in a clearly organized way.
While I was in Ibiza last summer, I wrote a letter to my heart and the following is the poem that my heart wrote me in return:
Crasting, crasting from the island, and crasting moments that others miss.
Crasting salt in hair and lips
Crasting from you the time.
Create the mountains, create the shores
and the swims and the sleeps.
Swell and surge to meet these moments.
Try instead and as well.
See me in all, speak my name to yourself.
Find a symbol and fiddle. Listening with my heart.
Through the mazes our emotions create, this way and that, until you reach the heart. Everyone’s heart.
Its easy to be led astray, but we love the ride.
The clever sun shining down follows you to all your whims and all the places you chase him.
The sun will never let anyone down.
The moon is a predictable and repeatable cycle of power and contemplation. It’s much longer in curve.
The sun is there to change you and now its open to you. Such companionship.
Your heart opens to the sun but the sun has always been open to you, coloring all your memories vividly.
Allowing, no longer fighting this connection, this communion, this friendship.
The next step of getting in touch with what your heart wants you to do is to turn each line of the poem into a whimsical agreement with your heart that you will fulfill. For instance the line of the poem “Its easy to be led astray, but we love the ride” becomes “I will be led astray, I will love the ride.” Each line is a promise you make to yourself to listen to your heart and honor what it asks. Then you must brainstorm how to do this. Since its written in deeply personal, individualized metaphor and allusion, only you know how to do this.
While interpreting this poem from my heart, the phrase “Create the mountains create the shores” stood out to me and I journaled extensively about what my heart was asking me to do. I set up the mountains that feel insurmountable to me and I grow from them. I create them myself in order to grow. I create the shores, I foster friendships, I make safe places to return to. I create the obstacles to grow from them and also the shores to seek refuge.
I chose this part of the poem to turn into sigils as a reminder that most of my obstacles are self created and that in overcoming them I find enjoyment and growth. It helps me get through the tough times and embrace them for what they are, opportunities to experience a full range of life and to grow and get stronger. Further, I need to make sure to have a safe and secure home base and friendships to return to as I traverse these mountains.
As I was making these sigils, I noticed that there was a crescent moon present in both images.
In Create the Mountains, the crescent moon is draining, emptying out all the troubles that I face as I learn how to approach my troubles with growth and deep optimism.
In Create the shores, the crescent moon is a bowl, receiving all the love and abundance the safe spaces I have created have to offer. I am catching the blessings of strong friendships and a strong foundation.