You try everything you know, all the processes you’ve learned, to solve the problem, and nothing works. There are choices you have to make, and yet no resources to help you make them – you feel completely alone.
That’s the nub of it, I think: feeling alone. Disconnected.
It’s not always like that, of course. We’ve had the experience of opening to guidance – attending to synchronicities or dreams or getting deep into conversation with an oracle – and knowing. Isn’t that our true nature? Exploring, sensing meaning, going deeper…?
Everything living moves. It’s the nature of reality; it’s our own nature, to be a part of that flow – and yet we get stuck.
There’s emotional overwhelm – stranded, out of touch with that deeper level where problems can be solved. There’s plain exhaustion, without structures to sustain you, knowing that if any more were asked, you could not do it. There’s getting lost – even forgetting your own journey altogether.
And especially, there’s the knowledge that tomorrow will be much the same. (It doesn’t help, of course, that our culture tells us all this is normal: put up with it, buy more stuff and you’ll feel good about yourself…)
It’s simple: reality is flow; ‘stuckness’ is disconnection. To get unstuck, open to guidance and return to the whole reality.
Heh. Simple – only not easy, of course. Even with attention to signs, stars and dreams, and dedication to studying the traditions and languages of oracles – I Ching, runes, tarot, Ifá… – even then, the connected, whole state can be elusive.
So here are three helpers for the return to connectedness:
All our ways of relating to guidance and returning to flow share this basic pattern of three phases -
From the introduction to Into the Flow of Change’s Serendipity Book:
“Opening is everything you do to invite guidance to come to you: it’s opening a channel, or just opening the conversation.
Connecting is recognising and receiving that guidance.
Integrating is how it becomes part of your life – how you translate understanding into lasting change.
These stages all merge into one another seamlessly, and they all depend on one another. When you’re open, you can connect with the flow of reality; when you’re connected, you can integrate with its changes; more deeply integrated into the cosmos, you can open up and listen more completely. Life becomes less of a battle, more of a conversation with trust and confidence – which is what divination, in all its forms, is for.”
This is where I am not going to say, ‘Buy Into the Flow of Change, or stay stuck!’ - as that’s not true. (You knew that.) Getting stuck and unstuck is part of life’s rhythm: with trust, the only essential one of those three helpers I mentioned, you will be called back.
Into the Flow of Change simply helps with hearing the call and letting yourself be drawn back into flow. It’s a resource kit for your relationship with guidance.
This is that storehouse of insights and practices for each stage -
from clearing the emotional space to reconnect with your deep intent and ask a clear question…
…through relating to those experiences where you say, ‘This must mean something! and if I could just find that…’
…to remembering and applying your insight at the key moment.
It offers a wealth of practical, imaginative ways to restore your deep awareness of guidance and reinvigorate the conversation, for you to try out and maybe integrate into your life.
I’m Hilary Barrett, and I’ve put together Into the Flow of Change as a resource for people who want to renew their connection with guidance. (More about this on the strangely aptly-named About page.) I’ve been an I Ching diviner and teacher since 2000, and the best part of that, without question, is sharing people’s deep joy as they rediscover the reality of connection and trust. Love it.
These are powerful conversations with a real energetic charge – because of the speakers’ wisdom, of course, but maybe even more thanks to the participants who brought their own questions, issues and just ordinary daily stuff to the calls. Hence you don’t just hear about how these things work in theory: real blocks get cleared, real problems get resolved, and it’s all firmly grounded in everyday, practical experience.
On Ravi Walsh’s Symbolic Tracking call, for instance, there’s Jenny, with her immediate money worries, unwrapping her deep intention to ‘hear the other, hear the world’, and beginning to explore how an encounter with a grasshopper might be responding to her intention and her need.
Or with Tori Janaya’s Symbolic Play, what I learned from a triangle (yes, an ordinary triangle, nothing added) about tensions and arguments at my website’s forum at the time: what I knew about it already, what I hadn’t been admitting, and even the blessing it offered me.
Or how Chris could carry the spirit of an I Ching reading about unconditional forgiveness into an emotionally intense and difficult encounter with his mother. That’s from Pamela Moss’s ‘integrating’ call, where she talks about how to create a reminder so you can carry your insight with you and apply it – at exactly the critical moment when you’re likely to be triggered, and lose it. (The answer for Chris, the way he creates his own reminder, is incredibly simple.)
James is a tarot reader and hypnotherapist with a scientist’s aversion to woolly thinking and impracticality. He talks us through psychological, meditative and magical ways of clearing space to listen in – including
Jen’s a pioneer of self-care, an author, teacher and leader of beautiful retreats, who believes self-love + world-love = wholeness. She and I talk about the opening power of questions -
Ravi is a healer and spiritual life coach, a student (for some 25 years) of Kundalini yoga and meditation, who helps people live to their own highest potential. He walked us through the elements of Symbolic Tracking, including -
Tori was a ‘guide for the inner journey’ – a coach and Tapas Acupressure practitioner and lifelong student of listening, who helped people to free their unique expression of the Divine. Her talk is a quiet, joyful reflection on listening, including -
Pamela’s a Soul Guide and an artist, who helps people to reconnect with and act on their own intuitive wisdom. In her talk, she describes practical ways to get past those very real stumbling blocks between insight and change.
EFT stands for ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques’ – a weirdly simple and effective way of shifting blocks and clearing obstacles. Claire is an EFT practitioner and guide (also an experienced Shiatsu practitioner, and a dancer) with an uncanny intuitive gift. Her talk includes…
And the final round-table Q&A when all the speakers and participants join in and spark ideas off one another – very rich and fertile stuff. Some of the questions and talking points:
(Aside: these are not your normal unpunctuated, unreadable gibberish transcripts. They’re carefully edited so they read fluently, and structured with subheadings to make them easy to navigate, and links to every resource mentioned.)
The Serendipity Book (see its Table of Contents above) draws together all the themes and threads from the interviews so you can make use of the resource – going straight to what you need in the moment, absorbing the essentials, and, when you want to go deeper, following links into the heart of the material. (The book’s woven through with links to recommended reading and listening to make this easy – and serendipitous.)
and not least
If you want a system to follow, or a method, or even a course, please don’t buy Into the Flow of Change: it’s not any of those things. This is a resource kit, and because it’s so diverse, it lets you tap into the immense depth and range of your own inner reservoir, freeing up the flow of your whole self. There’s no mould here to squeeze yourself into; it’s an open resource you draw on to apply to your own chosen purpose in the moment.
It’s all available for immediate download, at a cost of £30 (about $49).
It’s as simple as this: I want the resources in Flow of Change to be something you use. It’s here to help you to reconnect to your own guidance and energise, deepen and clarify your relationship with spirit. If that’s not your experience, please let me know, because I’d want to refund your money.
(Can you think of a good reason to put a time limit on this? No, nor can I. No time limit, then.)
So if you feel yourself drawn to Into the Flow of Change – if this is something you’d like to explore more deeply – please click below:
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