I attended a retreat with author and shaman, Lynn Andrews. We did a simple yet powerful exercise that I would like to share with you. We started with a simple small clay pot. This pot represents you: your body, your mind, your emotions and that space for Spirit. Imagine that pot before you.
- What part of the pot represents your thoughts and logical mind?
- What part represents the emotions?
- What is your base?
- What are the walls of the pot?
- What does the rim represent?
- How about the space within the pot and around it?
In my process, I found that the base felt like my mind/my point of view, my foundation. The sides were my feelings that shape and hold my experience. The rim was my emotions. Spirit was the space within and around it mixing with what I could best describe as my essence in the space within. Your experience may be very different.
Wrap the pot in a cloth and give it one small, basic smash with a rock. This shattering represents the ways we have felt broken apart by life experiences. Notice how it feels to shatter the pot with the awareness that we truly are the ones who create the shattering. Others can be hurtful, life can be painful, but, on some level, as much as someone or something can try to break us, we are the ones who actually create the break.
Spend some time with the shards.
- What does each of them represent?
- How have shame, low self-worth, lack of trust, fear… weakened your pot?
Now you have the opportunity to glue your pot back together, to create a new story, a new sacred dream for yourself and your life.
- What is the glue that is most essential for this re-creation?
- Is it courage?
- Connection? Balance?
- What is that essential quality that describes what allows you to bring yourself together after you feel pulled apart?
Now, take some Tacky Glue and begin to glue the pot together. Pay attention to the process and how it may mirror your healing process. I noticed that I became quickly impatient with waiting for the glue to take hold. I held on and pushed too hard and everything I had done fell apart. I had to learn to hold on lightly and to periodically let go and put the pot down to allow the healing/binding to set. There is no way to return this recreated pot to what it was and that can be a wonderful thing.
I encourage you to get a pot and try this exercise. If your life feels shattered in some way, this is a wonderful way to start on the path of healing into wholeness. If you feel stuck, let the pot come apart and create anew. And let Spirit be the ultimate potter.
Retreat Coach Havi Mandell | Soul Blissings