Life Threads: Who was I? Who am I now? Who do I want to be?
[One of 10 exercises in the Life Threads: 10 Exercises that will change your Life book available for sale and immediate download from HandTales.com]
In the world of Hand Analysis, we call this a tracking exercise. Once your Life Blueprint or Soul Map has been revealed in your fingerprints which includes your Life Purpose, Lesson and School, I then ask you to track how your Life Lesson has shown up previously and recently. This shadow side of you is your least evolved skill, the one thing you are meant to work in this life. Next step? We explore what you can do to transform your relationship to it. As you make progress with your Life Lesson, I invite you to do the same tracking for your Life Purpose and School. Final step (which, by the way, is a life long process) is to thread the themes together. It’s powerful work.
This Life Threads exercise is the latest version of a tracking exercise I came up with to look back and look now and look forward as you create the threads of your life experience so that you can weave the Life you are meant to live.
It was not easy for me to do. My “script” has been that I was clueless for most of my early years – no Mozart or Susan B. Anthony here. I suspect they had figured things out much earlier in life. I decided I needed to bust that “I was clueless” myth and really look at the recurring positive themes in my life. And, I’ll say it again, it was not easy. I was tempted to go negative often.
But I was determined to hold onto what gave me passion; what did I love to do; what was positive in my life; what was I attracted to. And were there any themes there? Powerful indeed. So here’s how you do this.
STEP I: Using the sheet on below, in Column 1, divide your life experience into 10-15 yr spans. Early life through young teens [4-14]; late teens and young adulthood [15-25]; adulthood [26-40]; 2nd level of adulthood [41-55]; late adulthood [55-65] and onward depending on your age. You can divide it up anyway you want, possibly using significant life changes. So your spans may be a little different than mine.
STEP II: On a separate sheet of paper, jot down significant memories for each span of time asking yourself:
What was positive in my life?
What was I attracted to?
What was I always excited to do/passionate about?
Note: Add it even if you were “barred” from doing it at home or life got in the way and you couldn’t do it as much as you liked. Try to avoid going negative.
STEP III: Now look for key words from each time span and put them in column 2.
Are you beginning to see any recurring themes here or patterns that are heading you in a specific positive direction? A direction where you can say – that is me or I was becoming more of me.
STEP IV: In column 3, jot down a theme for each time span. This was fun for me. Chronologically I had things like: Nature and Escape (this was not always positive, but I recognize this as a recurrent theme that IS positive now for me); Education/Exploration/Experimentation/Food; New Cultures/Cities/Food and Political Advocate; Mentor/Teacher/Leader and Food/Nature; Reclaiming Self while Seeking a Focus for my Passion and Mentor/Teacher/Leader and Food/Nature and Escape and Political Advocate. See any of my recurring themes?
STEP V: What do you do with all of this? I hope that the exercise alone has opened your eyes and you can see that your life has a grand pattern woven from the threads of your experience. Next steps:
- Continue to refine and define yourself. I revisited this several times before I felt that I had something to work with and on.
- Work with me or a life coach to move forward using what you have discovered.
- If you choose me as a guide, we will apply the results to your Soul Map – How have the themes matched your Life Purpose? How have they matched what we call the exalted form of your Life Lesson? [In my case, my exalted Life Lesson is the mentor/teacher/advocate part.]
Create an Exercise Sheet like this for: Who was I? Who am I now? Who do I want to be?
How do these experiences relate to my Life Purpose and the Exalted (positive version) of my Life Lesson? (may need help with this part)
Contact me if you would like help with this Life Threads exercise.
Add Life Threads: 10 Exercises that will change your life to your library – for you, for your loved ones and for your clients. There are exercises you can do on your own or in a group. And some that you will need a little help with like the one described above.
May you thrive,