Dear 16-year-old Jonni,
When I meditate and when I channel I often travel the universe, slipping through the dimensions of time and space and awesomely looping the past and the future together. As energy, the future is malleable. We can mold it like a lump of clay.
So here’s something I recommend doing to help integrate the power of the past, present and future creation - and get the limitations of the brain to loosen up. It’s an exercise in rewriting the past so your brain can adjust beyond the story it knows.
Write a letter to your 16-year-old self from her current self. Give your younger self advice, with the awareness you now have of how life has played out. Loosen up and have fun with it. It can give you a whole new sense of 'how far you've come', and much power you have to shift some patterns you might not even be aware you still have.
For inspiration, I’ll start and share. And feel free to send me a copy of YOUR letter-to-self. We’re journeying the same path.
Dear 16-year-old Jonni,
I know that life feels hard. That you're not sure what you're doing. Or why. But if you can trust me to give you just 10 short pieces of advice, I promise it will make a huge difference as you grow up.
1. Be braver. Say yes and no with more thought and care. But say them, and more often. Regrets leave a sour aftertaste.
2. End those jobs sooner. You’ll find better ones. And “jobless” ones.
3. End those relationships sooner too. Guys won't understand girls for decades. Relax.
4. The people you meet are much more important than the things you will do. Every person is a relationship to be valued.
5. Your humility is an asset but don’t let it keep your voice small. Strengthen your voice and then express it.
6. Love your body. Torturing it with those heels won’t make you appear any taller. Really.
7. Listen to the advice your grade 12 teacher, Mr. Wagner, gives you. Believe it. He actually gets you. Soulfully.
8. Don't be so scared to travel. When you're young, it's easier. And cheaper.
9. Create every day! Trust yourself that just creating is a spiritual practice in of itself.
10. You won’t be able to change anyone except yourself. And only you should change you. Intend your own evolution.
Your turn. Can YOU make up 10 solid pieces of advice you could give your 16-year-old self that could make the difference now?
If doing this exercise brings up unresolved feelings and situations for you, that’s what I’m here for. As your evolutionary guide, I can guide you forward with the past right beside you. We can’t forget the past, but we can integrate and uplevel it now.