Friday, January 6, 2017

week 2 ~ Life Path Challenge 2017

Here's what we're covering in Week 2 of the 2017 Life Path Challenge (#lifepathchallenge2017) in case you'd like to get a head start in working with your Life Path cards for next week. Get out your journal as you're going to want to write your insights so you can look them over at the end of the month for any special revelations.

This week, we're exploring relationships. I'll be sharing my insights on the photos below through my Instagram feed (@otmoraclecards) each day in January.

Monday, January 9, 2017 ~ Pathworking Meditation on Relationships

For this pathworking meditation, choose an interpersonal relationship you'd like to focus on. This might be a relationship with your partner, parent, child, co-worker, etc. Pose the question, What path am I on in this relationship? OR What path are we on together in this relationship? and pull one card face down at random. Then imagine that you’re stepping into the card and onto the path. Gaze at the card imagery and consider these questions:

What kind of path are you walking on? Does it seem pleasant or unpleasant? If the path is pleasant to you it suggests you’re currently going through a pleasant experience in this relationship. If unpleasant, you’re dealing with difficulties in the relationship.

What’s at your feet? Is the ground difficult to walk on? What’s at your feet reflects your foundation. Is it a smooth and solid foundation, or are you on shaky ground? What kind of foundation is the relationship on?

What’s directly in front of you? What’s directly in front of you is a symbol of what you’re currently facing (dealing with) in your relationship.

Are you traveling alone or with others? How do you feel about that? Since this is a relationship pathworking, traveling with others is usually a positive sign that you're connecting on some level with your partner and not feeling as if you're in it all by yourself. What type of connecting is happening between the people in the card?

Where are you headed? Why? Where you’re headed reveals your relationship direction. It gives some insight into the near future. Why explains the purpose of this path or journey. It gives you a sense of the big picture of this relationship and its purpose.

Based on this path, how long do you think it will take to get there? This reflects the timing of where you’re headed.

Are there any obstacles on this path? If so, how can they be removed? A key question. This helps you understand what barriers prevent progress and connection in your relationship. These obstacles are also prolonging your journey and may delay you in reaching your relationship goals.

What's beyond what you can see on this path? This points to the future beyond what you expect. This response represents the final or outcome card in a reading. The distant future. It also shows what you’re expecting or what’s hidden from you (potential, fears, hopes).

Some of you may actually go into a dream-like state during this journey while others will be able to use your imagination to come up with the answers. If you're able to, journal your responses to these questions as you do the pathworking meditation, and include as much as you can about your feelings, what you notice about the path, and any memories or experiences it brings up. You can also just experience the pathworking and journal later.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 ~ The High Road

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect the easy path in this relationship. Look at the card from the perspective of walking it.

What's easy about walking this path? 

Are there few obstacles in the way? 

Is it a short path to your destination? 

Can you take a vehicle to get where you're going? 

This card shows you what's easy in your relationship and will hopefully give you a surprising new view of it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 ~ The Low Road

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect the difficult path in this relationship. Look at the card from the perspective of walking it.

What's difficult about walking this path? 

Is it uphill? 

A difficult surface to tread? 

Many obstacles in the way? 

Limited visibility? 

This card shows you what's difficult in your relationship or where you're having trouble making adjustments.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 ~ The Road Not Taken

Shuffle and pull a card at random to reflect what hasn't been tried yet in this relationship. This card shows a positive approach that may need to be integrated. Contrast this card to The Low Road. How does it offer solutions to the difficult path?

Friday, January 13, 2017 ~ Vision Board: Relationships

A vision board is a place where you display photos and images that reflect a specific goal you’d like to attain. It helps identify your vision and gives it clarity. When displayed where you can see it frequently, the vision board will keep your attention on your intentions. The goal of this exercise is to use the card as a mini vision board to help you reach your relationship goal.

The first step is to come up with a goal or desire you wish to attain this year in terms of a specific relationship. Perhaps your goal is to have a more loving relationship or to communicate better. You can use the relationship from the previous exercises this week or choose another relationship to focus on. Next, shuffle your deck focusing on the question: What card represents the path to my relationship goal? Select a card at random from the deck. This card represents the path to your goal.

What are your first impressions of this path to your goal? Doable or daunting?

Is your goal attainable? Sometimes your goal is attainable and sometimes it’s not. If you receive a card that shows a major obstacle on the path or some type of dead end, ask yourself what this obstacle might represent in your relationship.

What type of journey? Pleasant, struggle, obstacles? What will you need to experience in order to reach your goal? Are there obstacles in your path?

How long will it take to attain your goal? Look at the card to give you a rough estimate of how long it might take to reach your goal. If the path looks very short, then your goal may be within reach. If the path looks long or the card shows a desolate area, then it may take some time to reach your goal.

Use the card as your vision board. Look at it every day and imagine taking steps along the path to reach your goal. If the path is daunting, imagine that you’re easily overcoming the obstacles (jumping over rocks, or wading slowly but surely through mud, for example). You can also add angel cards or other oracle decks to your layout that will provide guidance or inspiration. Photograph the card or layout and save it as a screensaver or wallpaper so you will have a constant reminder of where you wish to be and how to get there.

Next week I'll post Week 3! 
Join me on Instagram to share your Life Path Cards photos and pathworking insights. 

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