Saturday, January 06, 2007

Try Day & Signs

I am excited to say that I am the January host of Try Day at Create a Connection. I hope you'll check it out, jump in and give it a try. Today's post is what inspired my first Try Day suggestion.

At this time of year, you can usually find me with a black Uniball pen and a pad of graph paper making lists or with a big pad of newsprint and colourful markers making plans. This year though, things feel a bit different. I have a funny feeling that my next steps are best made by paying attention to the signs in front of me and following where they lead.

What's a sign? I imagine it's a bit different for everyone, but it's when something, often for some inexplicable reason, catches your eye, your heart, your imagination and makes you notice it. Sometimes it is fleeting. Sometimes it stays with you for hours, days, weeks, more. It could be a colour, a song, an article in the paper, a movie, a character, a coat. Sometimes its clues are obvious. Sometimes when you try to untangle it, you simply get more confused. That's a clue that it's time to notice, not to know.

I've been noticing...

I can feel that there's something whispering in my ear. It has something to do with the way I've been moved to tears by things I've come across where people engage in the arts and find great self-awareness, compassion for others and healing (for example, I was deeply moved by Shakespeare Behind Bars)

On January 1st, I pulled an OSHO Zen Tarot Card for the year and received the following message: "It's time to take a look at your own reflection in the pond, and make a move to break out of whatever you have been conditioned by others to believe about yourself. Dance, run, jog, do gibberish - whatever is needed to wake up the sleeping lion within."

And today: "You need to recognize that you are not the masks you wear and that to truly create what you want and need, you need to get back to who you are beneath all that." Dancing the Goddess Icarnate, Dorothy Morrison & Kristin Madden.

Seems it's going to be an interesting year.

What signs are are calling your name? Check out Try Day for some guidance on how to look for clues.


Sacred Suzie said...

Seems like a lot is stirring in your pot of inspiration already Jamie and moving you so deeply. I will try to pay attention to the signs for me too, thank you for this amazing exercise.

Shannon said...

Wow, that sounds so cool!! I'm going to have to check it out!

leah said...

I'm a big fan of looking for signs (I often call them winks from the Universe.) It's fun to hear about what other people see and notice in their own lives. great idea for try day!

melba said...

This is sooo interesting. I have never used a tarot deck or had my cards reads. I feel lately there are messages waiting for me, I just need to listen.

Thank you Jamie for hosting Try Day and for being you!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for the tip on the tarot deck. I just pulled one now that was squarely meant to be heard right now.

I've missed reading you. My internet has been down for many days...and still is.

I really like the exercise that you proposed on Melba's place. I like the gentle approach and the respectful language. I take neither for granted.

I'm excited to set out on the "Try It." Here I go.

Deb R said...

Hi Jamie! I sent you an email today about the mug swap. Just wanted to give you a heads up so you can let me know in case you don't get it. I've had a couple of emails disappear into cyberspace lately (not sure why!).