James Hillman, an Jungian psychologist and renowned author, first introduced me to the concept of the acorn in his book, “The Soul’s Code.” Think about it for a minute. Every acorn has the energetic potential within it to become an amazing, unique oak tree. If you haven’t seen the Angel Oak tree outside Charleston, SC, it’s worth a visit. And think about it, it began as an acorn – as we all metaphorically do.
So lately, I’ve been doing this visualization with clients. Put your feet on the ground, close your eyes, shake out your shoulders and your neck, and take a few deep slow breaths. Visualize breathing out any old stale air, any stuck ideas or grumpies; visualize breathing in fresh, exhilarating light, coming in through the top of your head and flooding through your body, awakening every cell with new energy and possibility.
Now visualize the fire from deep in the center of the earth flowing in from the grounding of your feet, allowing the earth to become your powerful foundation. See your personal acorn growing deep roots around values and principles of how you want to show up in the world, and what you want to bring to the world.
As that foundation of clarity grows ever stronger, see the light from the sky filling you and fueling you to new horizons and new adventures, allowing you to gracefully flow and dance in all sorts of weather. You are free but not lost. You are connected but not stagnant.
You know who you are, and you are ever growing.
That is the power of the daily practice of mindfulness, intention setting and gratitude. We grow to our full potential without pushing or adrenaline filled activity. We grow from within without exhaustion. And we can become far more than we ever thought possible.
Try this visualization. Write down reflections. Ask yourself, “What is success?” Allow the growth.
Here’s to watering that most amazing acorn that we each have within us.