This past Sunday Spirit gave me a big 'ole smack across the back of my head.
I wanted to find a new way to help me consciously move through the week ahead, so I started a new ritual where I pull three cards for Mind/Body/Spirit, plus a card from the Work Your Light Oracle deck. I had expected a pat on the back for some of the stuff I've been doing lately, but all my cards turned up reversed and my Oracle card was a big, fat "NO."
I was so distraught at first glance, but once I started interpreting the cards things became much more enlightening. I realized that while I have done some great work I needed to discern whether it was just busy work or if it was aligned with my values and Truth. The "No" Oracle card talked about the idea of conserving energy for work that is aligned instead of burning rubber by constantly spinning my wheels.
This reading felt like a gentle reminder to return to the list of values I created a couple of weeks ago. Our values are the ideals that steer our ship through this journey of life. We can always return to them when things feel out of whack to get an idea of how to correct our course. For instance, one of my values is growth. I live for self-development, so I love to constantly be learning because I'll start to feel stagnant if I'm not. This nudges me to seek out new experiences, ideas, and helps reframe my failures as learning experiences.
If you feel called to do so, try creating a list of 5-10 values for yourself. My main values are: fearlessness, intention, growth, alignment, freedom, and magic. These values help me more easily make decisions because I'm able to judge whether or not something aligns with them. They push me to grow and get outside of my comfort zone to help me live a more fulfilling life.
If you need help getting started on your values list, you can get some inspiration here. Also, feel free to try something out and, if it doesn't fit, let it go and find a different one. I played around with my list for a week or two before finding the ones that really worked for me. Make a list and see how these things show up in your life each day. Try it out and let me know how it goes!