What are other tools you can use to hear your inner wisdom?

Other Tools You Can Use

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OTHER TOOLS YOU CAN USE

What other tools have you ever used in addition to cards? And do you know that there are other tools? Have you ever used any other tools?

Christine
For me, personally, I've tried meditation, it didn't really work. Maybe I'm not doing it properly. I run.

Shannon Walbran
Ja, if there is "properly." You run? Does running bring you mental clarity?

Christine
Definitely. Yes, I find that very liberating and it puts me -- the start of my run is always anxious, the end of my run is always relaxed, and I can breathe, and I feel grateful after a run. I feel gratitude after a run because I get out of that space.

Shannon Walbran
So that's working.

Christine
Generally just after work. It does definitely work.

Shannon Walbran
Do you ever get any insights after you run? Before, you're anxious about something, about these problems about this thing, this money, this job, whatever. Afterwards you go, "Okay, now I know what I can do."

Christine
Things seem a lot simpler, and a lot more manageable. It's almost like a stepping stone.

Shannon Walbran
What about being outside? What about nature?

Christine
Absolutely, absolutely. I find being alone, I love being alone. very therapeutic, I need my space, I need a whole day at least once a week just to not speak, and to be in my garden, and to just revitalize and recharge.

Shannon Walbran
We're actually talking about three beautiful tools or strategies: solitude, silence, connection with the earth, which is being outside, but then collaborating with the earth in terms of gardening and touching the soil, which is very good for the microbiome also. So you're talking about four different strategies that work for you.

Christine
Yeah. And I love writing. I find that gets out of my head, because I do tend to overthink. That takes me to -- and reading, obviously. But I think that's for everybody. Reading and writing, just a different reality, the difference.

Shannon Walbran
Not necessarily for everybody, when you write, do you do a brain dump, and you get it all down? Do you do one of those? sometimes they're called Morning Pages?

Christine
Yes, I've done The Artist's Way, I have done that. I didn't find that very helpful, because I found that I was getting more engrossed in the problem. Because I was writing about it, I was forced to focus on it, and not just sort of live around it. Does that make sense? So I just write lots of introductory paragraphs, to different worlds, different things. More creative stuff, not so much about me and my life, and I find that quite freeing.

Shannon Walbran
Creative writing can lead all the way towards Narrative Therapy, where you're writing a story about a mouse being chased by a cat, but then it's actually you. You're inhabiting the different characters. Fictional narrative therapy is a very powerful tool.

Christine
Yes, Yes, I do. Yeah. And I get engrossed in this and it's almost like meditative for me, I become the character.

I find work is quite useful because I find work very stressful. And it really forces you to, you know -- it's quite a cool soundboard, because you really have to find your inner strength not to snap or not to react and I am reactive. So that's been good in terms of control and putting up a boundary between me and the rest of the world. If that makes sense.

Shannon Walbran
It really does. So there's writing. You said there's reading which is true for everybody, but it's actually not true for everybody. Lots of people don't even like to read but when you dive into reading and then certain words jump out at you, certain phrases are very meaningful, or you could even find yourself moved to tears about a certain passage, that's for you. That's a bridge between you and the author who could have lived last year or in a different country or 100 years ago. You're making this spiritual bridge between you and the author. That is a really good tool.

Christine
Yeah, yeah, good point. I just find that I do -- my day is very productive. You know, I'm a mom, I'm a teacher, I'm producing. And I find being receptive, I enjoy the reciprocity of not being in front of a screen, but being able to receive. I think that's for me is important.

Shannon Walbran
The list of tools that I assembled was: flipping a coin heads or tails, regular playing cards, using the I Ching, runestones, and bibliomancy. But you came up with a whole bunch of different ones.
   
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