Journal With Me: Creating A Timeline - Dale Darley
Journal With Me: Creating A Timeline

Journal With Me: Creating A Timeline

This morning I was called to intuitively follow this process to uncover what needed to be dealt with.

I never normally journal in the morning, but this morning I felt compelled to delve into my chakra oracle cards. Pulling three out, (release, service and discovery)

I sat and mused over their meaning to me. After writing just one side of A4 I then felt the pull of 101 affirmations and bizarrely open it up on this affirmation…

Today I am open to discovering the root cause.

When I work with affirmations, I always turn them into questions. Today my only question was how would I find the root of what I had just unearthed? In a flash, the answer came:

  • Mini timeline
  • Connect the dots
  • Ponder (code for a doggy walk)
  • Write
  • Sort my ass out and do what I know I can and need to do!

Simples… Let me share with you the whole process I went through.

  • Choose a pack of oracle cards that speak to you
  • Choose between 1 and 3 cards
  • Connect with your breath, focus on the cards and ask what each says to you
  • Journal for 10 minutes
  • Next, pick an affirmation or create one that means something to you in the context of what has come up for you
  • Turn your affirmation into a question
  • Next, do the timeline exercise
  • Reflect and journal

The timelines exercise is a perfect place to begin the journey to discover the roots of an issue. Before you start your timeline, try this breathing exercise, it will put you in a lovely space.

Mindful breathing to soothe your mind

Get comfortable and close your eyes, take a gentle breath, feeling the air going in through your nostrils, into your body, and out of your nose. Connect your roots to Mother Earth and feel connected and grounded.

Breathe in, say, ‘Breathing in, I am calm and connected to the feelings I am experiencing now.’ Breathe out, say, ‘Breathing out, I am calm and connected to the feelings I am experiencing now.’

Allow yourself to feel the feelings; let them be there. Open your awareness to the breath going in, and the breath going out; only focus on this: breath in, breath out. Let the breath take its course, and don’t control it in any way; just notice it.

Let your in-breath and your out-breath fill your mind. That is being mindful of your breath. Keep noticing your in-breath, your out-breath and feel the breath soothing you, comforting you and nurturing you. Feel the inner peace that this brings.

Now surrender. Keep breathing, noticing your in-breath and your out-breath… When you are ready, put pen to paper.

We use timelines and turning points to help us examine the past. We are looking for clues and connection to possibilities and opportunities that might not otherwise seem obvious. Timelines help us to discover locked away thoughts, memories, skills, talents, and experiences, which go to make up your stories. Their value comes from observing and reflecting on what has been captured on your visual storyboard. When you stand back and observe your life, you will gain a lot of clarity. You also need to be prepared to keep walking away to reflect, coming back and trying to see what is missing or what needs moving around. You are looking for patterns, connections, and themes.

Journal with me and try this timelines exercise

Why timelines are so powerful

Timelines are powerful because they are a storyboard, a pictorial representation and humans see things in patterns. It really is as simple as that. The powerful part comes in taking time to stand back and reflect. To let your unconscious mind go into flow and make the connections. When you do this using visually using colour, your story comes alive. Even if you are a person who says I am a logical left-brainer, let me stop you. You have two sides of your brain and regardless of how you want to pigeon hole yourself as a ‘list kind of person’, your brain will do what it wants, and it will use all of its processing power, right side – the big picture, left side – detail and connections.

This exercise will enable you to uncover the book of your life, so hold that in your intention.

How to create a timeline

Start brainstorming

  • Get a large sheet of paper
  • You are going to create a timeline (watch the video)
  • Draw a line across the bottom and one to the left
  • Put your date of birth at one end and today’s date at the far end
  • In between, put blocks of years (chakra years – blocks of 7 years – 1-7 etc.) across the bottom
  • Themes (life areas) along one side – if you want to (e.g Health and wellbeing, Financial, Mental/emotional, Love/Partner, Family, etc)
  • Armed with post-it notes of a variety of colours and/or coloured pens/pencils, start brainstorming
  • Write the question that you want to focus on at the top
  • As you look at the themes and time zones, let thoughts come into your mind without censorship
  • As a thought comes to mind put it on a post-it and place it where you consider it should go for now. You might use similar colours for certain thoughts or ideas
  • When you have brainstormed, take some time out
  • Later reflect on what you have written, move things around and add more, do not get rid of any
  • When you are ready, start looking for connections, themes and aha moments
  • Consider how your developmental years have impacted your personal growth
  • Use your journal to write about what comes up

Once you can see the connections, you will be able to see where the connections and aha’s are. For example, things that happened in childhood may have created a lack of self-worth as an adult, which in turn has meant that you have always settled for mediocre jobs, rather than becoming an entrepreneur. Health issues could be as a direct result of emotional pain from actions or inactions. Poor relationships maybe a relentless search for someone like (or unlike) your father. Your inability to write and publish a book could be linked to self-worth around being told you were a rubbish speller.

Summary of the journal with me steps

  • Choose a pack of oracle cards that speak to you
  • Choose between 1 and 3 cards
  • Connect with your breath, focus on the cards and ask what each says to you
  • Journal for 10 minutes
  • Next, pick an affirmation or create one that means something to you in the context of what has come up for you
  • Turn your affirmation into a question
  • Next, do the timeline exercise
  • Reflect and journal

When you have done this ask yourself what did you learn and what is your next step?

What journey of discovery are you on today?

If this resonates and you want to work with an intuitive coach who will help you to traverse the heady world of being human through the chakras and journaling, please book a call.

Dale Darley

Personal Brand Strategist and Author. I want to inspire people to get connected to their hearts, know and do what they love. For those people to become an inspiration and show others what is possible in the world. Mum to three dogs and a family of swallows. Life without cake is a life unlived.

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