Seeds of Wisdom
13-Week Email Course
Week 2 — Mystery
September 27, 2019
Welcome to our second week in the Seeds of Wisdom email course. Before we explore this week’s theme of Mystery, take a moment to mark your completion with last week’s theme of Initiation. Journal about your experience and/or take a photo of your altar, if you like. Then clear your altar in preparation for what is to come.
Imagine that you have stepped through the threshold of Initiation into the blue skies on the other side. What comes after a big leap of faith? It is often… a Mystery.
Mystery is one of 12 essential themes for guidance and growth in my book and deck, Seeds of Wisdom. Just as we did with our theme last week, we will explore the theme of Mystery using a simple rhythm: read… reflect… respond… Several possible practices are included for bringing its wisdom alive in your life.
A mystery is just that: a mystery.
And, thus, the image for the Mystery card in the Seeds of Wisdom deck is blank. Empty. What impressions arise when you behold this emptiness?
a brief excerpt on the theme
Into nothing can go anything. Out of nothing can emerge everything! Emptiness invites all possibility. The blank page precedes creation.
The theme of Mystery presents the energy of the unknown. If something is known, it is not a Mystery. The process of defining makes finite. Mystery eludes that. Mystery can open you to the infinite.
The wisdom of Mystery is silence. Remember: it is within a field of silence that we can hear most clearly. Align yourself with the spaciousness of listening.
When we seek guidance from within, the paradox is that guidance requires no seeking at all. It is all right here. It is just a matter of hearing it.
When inner guidance arises, your quiet receptivity ensures you will hear it. No need to strain your ears.
Mystery holds the power of possibility. It is an invitation to attentive spiritual practice.
Keywords for Mystery
infinite possibilities; listening; silence; patience;
spiritual practice; meditation; alignment;
presence; emptiness; openness; receptivity
in meditation and in writing
Rest with what you’ve taken in — the image and the words. What connections arise in your mind? Are there certain lines of text or keywords that stand out to you?
Reflect — in meditation and in writing — on your personal understanding of Mystery. What does Mystery mean to you?
Make this a sacred process for yourself. Does it help to light a candle or have a few deep breaths before you sit down to reflect?
Use time as an ally to your process and set a timer! You might try 5 minutes for sitting with the theme and 5 minutes writing about it.
by placing symbols on your altar
What can live on your altar this week to symbolize your understanding of Mystery?
How do you translate the concepts of possibility, potentiality, emptiness, silence, holy receptivity into forms that engage the senses?
If you have the Seeds of Wisdom cards, you may want to place the Mystery card on your altar. If you don’t have the cards, you are welcome to print the image above and use that. However, since the card itself is blank, perhaps you prefer to not use the card image at all.
What you put on your altar (or don’t) may surprise you and reveal a new dimension to your understanding of the theme. Over the next week, let yourself pause at your altar frequently and see what bubbles up around the theme of Mystery.
for exploring the theme
Here are some possible practices for exploring the theme of Mystery. Keep in mind, these are optional! It’s entirely up to you how much time and space you want to dedicate to this process:
Practice 1 — Cultivate Inner Listening
Spend time in silence, not listening for anything in particular. Just pay attention to what arises in your awareness. Try doing this for a few minutes each day as a daily practice.
Practice 2 — Allow Questions to Just Be
When you have a question about your soul path or some life situation this week, practice asking the question without the intention to answer it.
Practice 3 — Reduce Media Input
We live in a world that is a-swirl with information and inputs. Give your sensory and nervous systems a respite and reduce your time spent taking in media.
Practice 4 — Access Inner Guidance
Create a sacred space for yourself. Ask yourself: What does my Spirit guide me to do this week that will help me ____? (Fill in the blank with the spiritual growth outcome you desire.) Let yourself receive an answer. Claim that as your assignment for this week. Then do it!
toward the end of next week
Let your process with Mystery come to a close as you approach the end of next week.
Use your journal to take notes on your experience with the theme. Take a photo of your altar if you like to document visually. (If you are inclined to share about your experience on social media, please tag me on FB/IG @elkaeastly and/or hashtag #seedsofwisdomcourse. If enough people use the hashtag, you’ll be able to see what others are doing in the course.)
Next Friday you will receive an email introducing the next theme. Be sure to clear your altar to mark your completion with the theme of Mystery.
May your process with Mystery connect you with your inner guidance system.
Remember: If you happen to miss any emails during the course, you can always find them here:
May your inner wisdom guide you always!
Please note: This course is a self-directed process intended to support your spiritual growth. It is not therapy or medical care and is not a replacement for either. I am not a medical practitioner of any kind, and do not diagnose, prescribe, or treat medical or mental health conditions.