MOve into truth x move into your truth

Move Into Your Truth is four weeks of guided self-reflection. As I have learned to love and accept my own personal truth, this journey has taught me that awareness unlocks radical transformation.

I have spent the last decade moving through the layers that blocked me from my truth. Twelve years ago, I was completely disconnected from my truth. At times, I was scared of it, other times, I avoided it in shame. More than anything though, I did not have the tools to navigate and embrace the light and the dark within me.

Leveraging the inquiries that were most impactful on my journey, I created a set of tools to help you on your path - scroll down to listen the guided visualization meditations and to read the weekly journaling prompts.

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Week One: Your Light + Your Darkness

Your Light = Your gifts, your genius, the positive aspects of your life and yourself.

Your Shadows = The parts of you that you try to hide from yourself and the world. The negative thoughts and stories you have internalized that dim your light and keep you stuck.

Week Two: Visualizing Your Highest Self

Explore and identify what it means to live as your highest Self.

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Week Three: Rewriting Stories

What stories hold you back from living as your highest Self?

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Week Four: Action and Alignment

Action = Move // Alignment = Truth

Action: The steps you will take in order to harness and share your light. More than anything, the movements you will take in order to joyfully live your truth.

Alignment: A clear identification of your personal truth and how to be in alignment with your truth. Alignment with your truth means effortlessly living within the vibrations of your highest Self.

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Weekly guided visualization meditations and journal prompts:

Julia suggests that you listen to the guided visualization meditation before answering the written journaling prompts. Once you have completed the journal prompts, take a moment to reflect on what came up for you and take some time to write your reflections down on paper. It is also suggested you return to your journal responses a couple of times throughout the week, what can you learn from your writings?

Week One: Your Light + Your Darkness

Listen to Week One’s Guided Visualization Meditation:

You can listen to the guided visualization exercises via the Sound Cloud above or enjoy on iTunes or Spotify!

Week One Journaling Prompts:

Light:

  • What activities bring you the greatest pleasure?

  • Identify your strengths (be sure to include personal, interpersonal, and professional strengths as you brainstorm)…

  • When do you feel most in your flow?:

    • Flow is a concept that was developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. An article on The-Pursuit-Of-Happiness.org defines it well: “Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discovered that people find genuine satisfaction during a state of consciousness called Flow. In this state they are completely absorbed in an activity, especially an activity which involves their creative abilities. During this "optimal experience" they feel "strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities." In the footsteps of Maslow, Csikszentmihalyi insists that happiness does not simply happen. It must be prepared for and cultivated by each person, by setting challenges that are neither too demanding nor too simple for ones abilities.”

    • Also, here is the TED Talk on Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, The Secret to Happiness

Darkness:

  • List the things about yourself or the experiences that you’ve had that you make you feel either embarrassed, ashamed, or uncomfortable with other people knowing…

  • If you could change certain qualities or attributes about yourself, what would you change and why?

  • Where in your life are you resisting what is happening right now or something that has happened in the past?

Week Two: Visualizing Your Highest Self

Listen to Week Two’s Guided Visualization Meditation:

You can listen to the guided visualization exercises via the Sound Cloud above or enjoy on iTunes or Spotify!

Week Two Journaling Prompts:

1) Think of at least 3 people who really inspire you - write them down. Why do they inspire you? What qualities do you see in them that you also see in yourself?

2) If you knew failure was not an option, write a list of things you would want to do in the next  1-3 years (be sure to include personal, interpersonal, and professional). Let go of practicality and try list your freest, wildest dreams…

3) What would you still want to do even if you knew you would fail?

4) Your Highest Vision - Some things to consider:

  • Imagine your life in harmoniously flow - the way you show up for yourself, for others, and for your endeavors. What qualities/attributes do you embody in order to uplevel your relationship with yourself, others, and your life/work?

  • How do you spend a “typical day”?

  • What does an above average day look like?

  • Describe the essence of your relationships - romantic, friendships, and with your family…

  • Describe how your home feels…

  • What are some of your regular practices/rituals?

  • Describe the work you do or the projects you take on…

5) Reviewing Prompts 1-4, what stops you from showing up with the qualities or taking action to create what you’ve described?

Week Three: Rewriting Stories

Listen to Week Three’s Guided Visualization Meditation:

You can listen to the guided visualization exercises via the Sound Cloud above or enjoy on iTunes or Spotify!

Week Three Journaling Prompts:

1) Reflect back to the work you did in Week Two. When you look at the vision of your highest Self, where do you get stuck? Where do you encounter resistance?

2) Drill into the sticky places and the resistance - where does it come from? Is it something you learned? Maybe a lack of confidence or an insecurity? Try to identify the source of your stickiness and resistance...

3) Question #5 from Week Two said: “Reviewing Prompts 1-4, what stops you from showing up with the qualities or taking action to create what you’ve described?”

What you wrote down from Question #5 encapsulates the stories that are holding you back from living in alignment with your highest Self. Write a list of your negative stories - then, rewrite them with a positive twist/outcome:  

A negative story example: My student-loan debt holds me back from becoming a successful entrepreneur.

My student-debt story rewritten: I leverage my education to elevate my entrepreneurial pursuits. Thanks to my student loan debt, I have learned how to make smarter financial decisions and how to  be mindful with the way I spend my money.

Week Four: Action and Alignment

Listen to Week Four’s Guided Visualization Meditation:

You can listen to the guided visualization exercises via the Sound Cloud above or enjoy on iTunes or Spotify!

Week Four Journaling Prompts:

This week, you are going to journal first, then listen to the guided visualization exercise. To begin, flip back through all of your journal entries - take time to absorb what you wrote down over the last three weeks.

Action:

  • Three weeks ago, you wrote down what brought you the greatest pleasure and how you found your flow. Write down 2 or 3 “actions” you can take to invite those pleasures and more flow into your -  make your action sentences present tense. For example:

    • I spend the first hour of every morning off my phone.

    • I walk outdoors barefoot at least two times a week all summer.

    • I spend 30 minutes free-writing 3x a week.

Alignment:

  • The last two weeks, you visualized your highest self and rewrote your stories. Using the outcomes of those inquiries, write an “alignment” mantra. Your alignment mantra will be a phrase you will repeat and visualize everyday (maybe multiple times a day) to keep yourself connected to your highest vibrations. For example:

    • I approach all things with faith, grace, and ease. I am a channel of divine service and abundance, love, and joy are magnetized to me.

You can have more than one alignment mantra if there are specific areas of your life you’d like to elevate with mindful intention. For instance, another one of my personal examples of an alignment mantra is:

    • My pregnancy is divinely supported. Sloan is healthy and strong and so am I. Her delivery will be powerfully positive and we will both thrive as soon as she is Earthside.