Here’s a great tool to get your New Year rolling.
It’s called the wheel of awareness. And comes from Daniel Siegel,
author of The Whole-Brain Child.
Imagine yourself as a wheel with your pure consciousness as the hub.
On the circumference of the wheel is everything you are aware of
(senses, feelings or thoughts)
Whenever you feel stuck in any way
simply come back to your hub /your sense of feeling alive
(by focusing on your breath or sense of being in your body)
then choose something else on your wheel of awareness to focus on.
It’s a powerful quick fix. Suddenly your wheel is turning again.
You can do the same using your archetypes.
Your inner team. Those timeless characters that make up your unique personality.
How you discover them doesn’t really matter. Hands are a quick direct way to identify these types. But by no means the only way. You could dive into ancient mythology and see which characters resonate, or use Carolyn Myss’s brilliant work on Archetypes and Sacred Contracts.
I like all these methods, but Richard Unger’s hand shape archetypes is a very direct accurate method of using your hands to identify these types.
Once you have your types, imagine them all holding hands, or joined together, to make up the circumference of your wheel.
Which one do you default to? Are you stuck in a groove
using only one of your archetypes when there’s a whole team on standby?
For example, does the philosopher or perpetual student type hog the stage when actually there’s a queen in the wings?
Thats a bit like trying to ride a bike on a flat tire.
To get your wheels turning again return to the hub of your wheel. Get a sense
of your pure aliveness/awareness/breath. Then call on another archetype to give
a totally new spin on your wheel. Feel a sudden rush?
May this new cycle – 2014 – put a smile on your dial.
Fresh new winds through your hair.
May you rise to the challenges of a beautiful new year.
Love and thanks for being here,