Oracle of the Day: Three of Air

The sadness will pass. Photo credit: Meli Halstead

The sadness will pass.
Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Positive Affirmation of the Day:

I will embrace the loss that comes into my life with grace as it is part of my spiritual journey.

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

Three of Air brings forth a time of great sadness.  It’s best to deal with this issue head on because then it will allow you to move to the next two steps of your spiritual journey – taking time to heal and needing to forgive those in your past.

Writing Focus:

Great Sadness:  Think to a time when you experienced a loss.  What were the emotions like before you learned about the loss?  How about during the time you found out?  What did the world around look like when everyone went through their own personal sadness?  Where did you fit in the grand scheme of things?  Were you the person on the outside looking in?  Where you in the thick of everything — keeping the family together as chaos danced around you?

Sadness is a part of life.  It sucks.  One of my best friends in the whole wide world is going through a personal turmoil right now.  Her father was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the lungs.  The doctor said this was the worst case he had seen in a long while.  Everyone in the family was blindsided because there was no gradual development of the cancer.  No Stage 1 or even 2.  No real opportunity for chemo to be considered.

Nope. Life decided that this gentleman was going to come out with guns blazing in Stage 4 cancer.  Chemo was offered, but her father declined as it would only prolong the pain and suffering for two additional months.  It was time to go out when his maker decided for him to go out.

I touch base with my friend every day to see how she is doing.  My main focus is to make her laugh and see the good in everything.  She appreciates the gesture.  It’s all I can really do at the moment.

How about you?  Slice out that time in your life when there was great sadness.  Was it a break up?  Was it a loss of a pet?  A parent? A child? A miscarriage?  A job?  Write down the raw emotion you felt at that time.  This can be transposed onto your characters somewhere in your book.

One powerful piece about sadness was the story of the man who adopted a dog from the shelter.  Granted, Snopes found the story to be false, nonetheless, the writing was powerful and has made many people shed rivers of tears.  Does your story do this? Does your experiences feel real to the reader?

Take Time to Heal: After the sadness has passed, it’s important to take time to heal.  Three of Air encourages you to draw all of your energy reserves within and patch up the holes in your spiritual self.  If you do not take care of these holes, then you leave yourself open to not so good things.  We don’t want that to happen, after all you still have other missions to complete in this world.

Another friend of mine went through a miscarriage and she retreated from her life.  She took some time for herself and went on some mini trips.  Other people I’ve met have done drastic things such as put the house up for sale and move across the globe.

Three of Air encourages you to build up your energy reserves and nurture your soul.  Time is relative.  Everyone has a different timetable for healing.  Some people need a few days, while others need a year or two.  All that matters is that you’re moving in the right direction.  A positive direction.

What have you done to heal?  What are you steps or strategies? What about someone close to you?  What have they done?  Why?

Need to Forgive:  My original plan was to place this second, but after much contemplation; it felt more natural to place this at the very end.  When a person goes through a period of sadness, there is blame.  In the instance of my friend who  is struggling with the impending loss of her father, her family is going through a lot of snarkiness and nastiness.  Their claws are coming out and quite a few of them are already planning on what they’re going to do with the money they think they’re going to get when the will is read.

After you heal your heart and your soul, it’s time to let go of grudges.  Who has time for that nonsense?  We all have our baggage that we carry around, but after awhile it gets a bit heavy to carry around.  Yesterday’s weight prevents present growth.

Remember, just because you forgive someone doesn’t mean they have to be a part of your life.  Gosh knows that I have forgiven quite a bit of people that I once knew, but I choose not to have them in my life because I’m a minimalist.

Who do you need to forgive?  How do you let go of those who have wronged you?  How do you know you have really let go of that situation that makes you angry?

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

You’re going to need a pen and paper for this exercise.  Once you have meditated and have connected with the spirit, you can begin this activity.  Write down a time when you felt great sadness and write how you felt using a few words.  You might want to use magazine cutouts of words to capture what you felt.

Once you’ve done that, then write how you healed yourself or how you’re going to heal that part of yourself.  And then, write out what you need to forgive or who you need to forgive. Do this as many times as you need at different times of the year.  Save your information because you may be able to use this in a memoir or a short story or a novel.

Take a look at the one I made:

 

Graphic source: Meli Halstead

Graphic source: Meli Halstead

 

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