4TH/5TH OF JANUARY – REPRESENTING December & Abundance
WELCOME TO YOUR TWELFTH & LAST WILD NIGHT
Now that we have focused a lot of our energy towards making changes in our life, it’s time for gratitude and appreciation for all we already have. We are so damn lucky to be alive! If you don’t believe so, simply look at the challenges a sperm has to face before it even get’s a chance to audition to the female egg (take a look at this article as an example) but even afterwards – how many battles have you faced up to now? How many challenges have you conquered in your life? On top of that, how lucky are you to have a house that provides you with a feeling of safety and running, warm water? And these are only the things we consider as “basics” but how many people in the world don’t have even have that? In 2015 it was estimated that 1.6 billion people are lacking adequate shelter…
THE DAILY PRACTICE
(YOU CAN SKIP THIS PART, IF YOU READ ANY OF THE OTHER WILD NIGHTS)
As the overall theme of the wild nights is connected to the more subtle energies in life, that is what we will be focusing on. Each day will have one particular theme, however ALL wild nights will have a few things in common.
DURING EACH OF THE WILD NIGHTS YOU CAN:
- Wishes: Pick one of your 13 wishes at random (without looking at it) and burn it. DO NOT burn all 13 wishes. One wish should be left over for the 6th of January.
- Dreams: Write into your dream journal as soon as you wake up in the morning (starting on the 25th of December). Your dreams can give you a rough idea of what might be in store for you next year, however be very mindful of how you interpret your dreams. It might simply be that you are working through the happenings of your day, so take your dreams with a grain of salt. If you feel they do represent your upcoming year, try to dig deeper with the I-Ching, your Oracle cards, a pendulum, meditation or whatever else you feel called to use to connect with your inner guidance.
- Predictions: Each of the nights/days represent one of the months of next year. You can use your oracle deck, the I-Ching or any other tool you enjoy using to connect with your intuition, to find out what the overall theme of the month of January will be.
- Journaling: You can use your diary/journal to write down what your oracle cards, the I-Ching etc. has revealed about the month of January and you can also use it in the evening, to reflect on the happenings of your day. All of these aspects can give you clues for next year.
- Smudging: Smudge your home with Sage, Palo Santo, incense sticks or whatever you feel called to use. The smoke is believed to expel negative energies, so leave your windows open for a little bit after smudging, so that those energies can leave your home.
Always remember do do what feels right to you. None of these things will help you in any way, if you just do it for the sake of doing it. Instead, even if you only do ONE of these things, but you do it with your heart and soul, that when you will see results. Now, let’s take a look at the main topic for today.
I will be keeping todays topic relatively short as it is quite simple to understand and to implement in your daily life: Gratitude. We have SO much to be grateful for! Learn to see the beauty in the every day things we take for granted and appreciate all that you already have.
How does Gratitude help you?
- Gratitude makes us happier: Journaling for five minutes a day about what we it is we are grateful for, enhances our long-term happiness by over 10% (Emmons & McCullough, 2003; Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005)
- Gratitude Improves our relationships: When expressing gratitude to our friends and romantic partners, we strengthen our relationships
- Gratitude makes us more optimistic: Regular Gratitude journaling can increase our optimism to up to 15%
Check out even more benefits here: https://positivepsychology.com/
- As soon as you wake up – SMILE and think of 3 – 5 things you are grateful for today. This simple act will increase your serotonin and dopamine levels (according to New York based neurologist Dr. Isha Gupta) and have you start your day in a more positive & energised way!
- If you prefer to journal, or if you have the Opportyounity Journal, simply write down 3-5 things you are grateful for. You can even add a smile to that process as well 🙂
You can also increase your Gratitude practice by using the following Gratitude meditation:
I hope these wild nights have helped you to dive deeper into your inner self and that you are able to continue this journey throughout the rest of this beautiful new year 🤍