I was called to do a card reading last night from a specific deck I own called Nature’s Whispers. The artistry in these cards is insane and they always keep me visually stimulated. I did a three card spread signifying past, present and future. I took the top level messages (the words written on the cards combined with what my intuition told me about each card) and then I went to sleep.
I woke up this morning to an inbox filled with philosophy and a unique perspective on the world from an amazing human and fellow purpose-finder named Cedric. You can find his work here. Among being an explorer, traveler and craftsman, he’s a brilliant writer. He mentioned having troubles figuring out what to say sometimes.
I got out of bed and went back to the cards where I left them from the night before to read the deeper messages. Here’s what they said:
Past: Leap of Faith: Picture a beautiful fairy-like woman dancing on a single line from a spider’s craft; below her, a full web ready to catch her should she fall. She carries a magic wand, the tip alight. The message: take the leap, you will soar and if you fail, you will be caught.
No doubt I've taken many leaps of faith. When I fall, I keep getting caught over and over again.
Present: Adventure: Imagine a conch shell, floating high above the mountains of islands. A Mermaid in the shell looks down from above. Faces in the mountains look back at her, the sky and the full moon. The message: take a break and do something different to break you out of your routine.
My golf-course gig has certainly been an adventure as will getting back into tap dancing.
Future: New Experiences & Possibilities: A woman riding a horse - this image is seen in the top of a tree. She wears a gold crown and a green velvet dress, a castle in the background, her horse wears a banner and bells. Royalty. A butterfly with blue wings rests beneath the tree - transformation. Flowers and color in abundance. The message: “You are on the first steps along a new path. You are being offered a blank page - what are the first words you would like to write on it? Your possibilities are endless.”
I love this line in particular: You are being offered a blank page - what are the first words you would like to write on it?
So if you are, in this moment, like my dear friend Cedric, experiencing a sort of “loss of words” think of the first words you would like to put on your blank page.
You don’t have to craft a whole sentence. You don’t have to have punctuation or proper grammar. You just need to decide what the first words are.
My first words are these:
Love. Embrace. Believe. Presence. Open. Fierce. Sacred. Divinely Magnificent. Radiant.
These words represent how I show up in the world; I lead with love in my heart. Embrace, believe and presence are my words to live by, the last five are my core desired feelings (From Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map).
These words for me are fairly steady. While they might shift and morph from time to time (i.e. radiant becomes golden and sacred becomes grace), they are very grounding and centering for me.
I found these words through many different influences and experiences, most of which I've written about through my blog posts all collected here.
All of these experiences and the words that I live by are also how I’ve crafted my business and the work I do with others.
This is the work I do. I help people find the first words on their blank pages.
This is what being an Insight Strategist is all about. You start with the basics, the infrastructure, the foundation and THEN you build. As Stephen Covey would say in his famous 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: begin with the end in mind.
What are the first words you are going to write on your blank page?
I'm always here if you need help defining them. Always.