Wisdom Through the Ages #WritingPromptWednesday

Today’s exercise will activate your imagination as well as your compassion. I suggest that you prepare yourself for this #WritingPrompt by getting still – perhaps light a candle, sit in your favourite chair. You may even want to play some sort music or spend a few minutes meditating before you begin.


Get comfortable and open your heart-space by practicing several deep breaths. This will calm and clear your energy/spirit so that it can more easily access the all-knowing part of your being, and receive the wisdom that lies within your intuition.


This exercise has the ability to open the gates, to turn up the volume, to awaken your senses. So get ready to hear, feel, and witness your own soul as it speaks to you.


You’ve probably done this exercise before, or perhaps something similar to it. Even if you have, something different may come up for you this time around because you are different now than you were before.

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If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?


Stop your conscious mind right now. It will try to take over. Don’t over complicate this by trying to find the ‘right’ answer. I want you to feel the answer. Go within. Be still. Wait for it. It will come, and maybe not in the way you expect. Be patient. Your soul knows what it needs from you. Listen, then write.


Picture your younger self at some age under 8 or 10 years of age. Speak to that young child in words they can understand. Help ease their worry, their frustration, their fear and confusion.


Listen. Write to them now.


Next, I want you to skip ahead to a time in your teens – what would you say to that impressionable young adolescent? What words would bring them comfort, peace, confidence?


Listen. Write to them now.


Continue this exercise through as many stages of your past life as you wish to explore. This is your process. These are only my suggestions. You can choose each decade, or several pivotal moments in time when you felt lost, hopeless, unheard and misunderstood. How would you comfort the person you used to be at that particular moment in your life?


Listen. Write to them now.


Usually these types of exercises end here, but I’d like to challenge you to take it a step further by projecting forward to your future self.


You can choose to visualize a day, a week, a year, a couple of decades ahead of now, and or even as far as the moment when you know you are going to leave this realm. This is your process. Do whatever feels right for you.


What would your future self say to you in this present moment? What words do you currently need to hear? What wisdom has your future self gained from this present moment? Can you articulate it?


Listen. Write to yourself now.

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By visualizing and having empathy for all the stages of our lives, we can begin to accept ourselves more and more. We get to witness our own humanness: our faults, our soft corners and our hard edges.


We're not meant to have all the answers at once, so don’t pressure yourself for them. I’m willing to bet that even on our death beds, there will be something new to learn.


What do you think?

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I’d love to hear your feedback on this exercise. Not what came up for you. That’s yours to keep and process. I’d like to know if you found value in this type of writing. I feel called to create these exercises each week, so I’d appreciate knowing if they are valuable to you.


Thank you for being here. 

Michelle Myrick

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