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Five Simple Things Project Overview

Here is an overview of our Five Simple Things project. This post provides links to pertinent aspects of this project, so that you won’t have to sift through the archives to find out what you want to know.

If you would like to try this project for yourself, you can start on Day One: Let’s Get Started, and then continue on thru to the last day: A Look Back, posting your thoughts, ideas, results, joys and disappointments as you go. This is an active blog, and if you post, we will notice and reply… and give you the benefit of our own experience and our support if it seems pertinent or appropriate.

There is a post for feedback on this project, which can be found here: A Look Back. This is usually an active blog, and if you post, we will notice and reply… and give you the benefit of our own experience and our support if it seems pertinent or appropriate.

This project spawned two image galleries.

Here is complete listing of the daily posts for the Five Simple Things project:

I also just want to say thank you to everyone who participated. This was one of my favorite projects, and I would never have followed through with it if it wasn’t for those of you who read my posts, and worked the project along with me. So… Thank you! Merci! Gracias!

The Five Simple Things Gallery

When we come to the end of a project, I always like to include a gallery of all the images I used to illustrate or decorate each post. Sometimes, pictures really do speak louder than words. Each of these images is linked to the post in which it was shared, so this is also an easy way to navigate this particular project. Also, they are loaded in random order, because I think its more interesting.

Because I made so many stickers this time around, I have given them their own separate gallery. Here they are, feel free to download and share:

Oh my!
Wow!
That’s a lot of stickers!

I know, right? I had way too much fun making them. Obviously! We also have a photo gallery of a bunch of other lists of five things, which can be found here: More Five Things. It’s pretty cool as well. Lots of good stuff there.

Go! Explore! Enjoy!

A Look Back

Sadly, it looks like our Five Simple Things project is coming to the end of our 30 days. Now it’s time to take a look back and make note of what happened as we worked the project. Here are a few questions to get the ball rolling:

  • Did you enjoy this project?
  • What was your favorite part?
  • Do you think you will continue with one or more of the five simple things?
  • Has your life changed in any way in the last 30 days?
  • Any insights or comments you’d like to share?

Your comments are deeply appreciated, and might be really helpful for anyone who happens to stumble into this small room on the world wide web. So, please, don’t be shy… You don’t need to put your email into the comment boxes. You don’t even have to give your name. I purposely made it super easy to put your two cents in. So, come on guys, set the comments section on fire.

Acts Of Intention

So, yesterday’s words of power, brought me to today’s Acts of Intention because as I was going through my day being powerful and commanding I realized that each of my words of power were followed up with decisive action. When I got into my car and commanded it to take me to the grocery store, I wasn’t magickally transported to the store…. No. It required multiple words of power and acts of intention. I turned the key and said, “Engine On.” I pulled out of the driveway and said, “And Now I Ride.”

But what if I had done what I so often do when I want my life to go in a particular direction? What if I had hesitated in front of my car and conjured up all kind of doubts and angst? I might have said stuff like:

  • What if the car door won’t open?
  • What will I do if my car won’t start?
  • The tires are probably flat, are they flat? Probably.
  • Who would I call if the car won’t start?
  • And what could they do?
  • Would anyone even care?
  • Is help for one such as me even available?
  • And supposing the car does start, what then?
  • Do I have enough gas to go anywhere?
  • What if I don’t have enough gas?
  • What if I run out of gas?
  • Then what?
  • I call someone?
  • But what if I run out of gas somewhere and my phone is dead?
  • What if my phone isn’t dead but there’s no signal?
  • What if a serial killer stops to “help” me?
  • And supposing I do have enough gas, what if my car breaks down?
  • What if I have a flat tire?
  • What if I get lost?
  • Do I even know the way to the store?
  • And when I get there, assuming I don’t get lost, then what?
  • What if someone in the store throws a fit about masks and starts throwing things around?
  • What if they throw things at me?
  • What if I throw things back at them?
  • And the cops come?
  • Then what?
  • Will someone get shot?
  • Will I end up in jail?

I could go on and on and on with this… And it’s fun, but it’s also ridiculous. I expect my car will start, and I expect that I can go to the store, and I expect that it will all work out fine. Why? Because it usually does. And those rare times when it all goes south, I have somehow managed to muddle through.

So, the moral of the story is. Words of power, followed by decisive acts of intention… that’s real magick. That’s how we get through life. That’s how we follow through on our Five Simple Things. That’s how we don’t get mired down in doubt and angst and ridiculousness.

Words Of Power

This morning I was thinking about our project. We are experimenting with using every day tasks in slightly different ways with the intention of creating positive change for ourselves. And it occurred to me that our words and actions have more power when we believe them to be true. So I thought… OK… what if every ordinary thing I did could be used to enhance my belief in my words and actions? What would that look like?

And VOILA! I had a brilliant idea.

What if, when I turned on a light switch, I said “Let there be light!” and when the light came on, I said, “And there was light!” What if, when I turned on a faucet, I said “Water come forth!” And Boom! Water comes forth! What if when I poured my coffee, I said, “My cup is filled.”

So this morning, I went around my house engaging in words and acts of power. It was quite illuminating, interesting, and I have to say, it really feels good! I command words on the page to appear and look! Here they are! So fun! You should try it!

Five Simple Questions

So, yesterday I shared a list of questions triggered by my rewrite of our Five Simple Things. And then I thought that maybe it might be fun to rewrite our five things as a simple question. Here they are:

  • How would it feel to say “Thank You” three times before you get out of bed in the morning?
  • What if you used your bath, or shower to shine up your aura?
  • If you bless your morning coffee (or tea) with good vibes, and then drink them in, does something change for you?
  • What if the act of unlocking or opening actually activated greater unlocking and openings?
  • How would it feel, if at bed time, you simply let go of the day’s stresses and drama?

These are nice, don’t you think? It makes me want to actually try them and see what the answers are… which is interesting, because now that we are almost at the end of our project, I’m wanting to really do it!

What If?

I have really enjoyed rephrasing our Five Simple Things. It gave my overactive brain something to do and raised a lot of interesting questions. I thought I would share all those questions here, in one spot, and maybe even come up with a few more while I’m at it. Here goes:

  • Is there anything in my life, or on my mind that might look and feel completely different if I changed all the words around?
  • What if the first words that come out of your mouth every morning were “Thank You”?
  • How would it feel to say “Thank You” to every item in your home that is functioning properly?
  • How would it feel to say “Thank You” to every item in your home that isn’t functioning properly?
  • What if you went outside and asked the benevolent sun to be your shining guardian?
  • What if shimmering sparkles followed you wherever you went?
  • What if everything you touch sparkled and shined because you touched it?
  • What if everything you said and did brought a lovely brilliance into the situation?
  • What if everything you brew, stew, bake, or make was a magickal potion designed to bring health, happiness, prosperity, peace… (whatever it is that you are wanting to conjure up)?
  • What would happen if you knew for certain that whatever you put it into your body, would have a profound effect?
  • What if the act of cooking and eating was magickal and transformational?
  • If cooking becomes conjuring, what that would look like… is it even possible?
  • What if I kept it simple inside my brain, for at least a small part of the day… what would that look like?
  • What if it looked like me actually being in the actual moment in my actual body… Wow! Imagine that!
  • What if everything I said, or did, was just simple?
  • What if everything could be easy and simple?
  • Would it would be fun to be simple?
  • How would your life change if you let go of all the bullshit, consciously, at least once a day?
  • What if every night you made a small effort let go of all your agony, angst, regret, and self recrimination?
  • What if you let go of all your “stuff” even just for a really short moment?
  • How would it feel to be free and unlimited?

I could go on and on. But now I want to hear from you guys. Do you have questions to add? Do you have answers? What?

Unplug and Unwind

So this is the last simple thing that I have rewritten. It’s the one I have had the most issues with, and it’s also really quite long and not actually simple at all. This is what the original said, ” Before you fall asleep, visualize chords connecting you to everybody you met that day, and send their energy back to them.”

I pulled out my trusty Synonym Finder, a giant book that I love to just read sometimes… LOL… I love words. More on that in a day or two. Anyway, it turned into a long and involved, once again complicated and convoluted thing. Here’s what I came up with:

In advance of descending into slumber,
Envision the bonds
Tying you to those encountered during the day,
And then disconnect, release,
And return their influence.

But it occurred to me that we might not want to disconnect our bonds with those we live with, those we love, those who support us and help us, those we help and support… And maybe that’s why I have so much trouble with this one.

With that in mind, I came up with:

Before you hit the sack, unplug, unwind, and let all that shit go.

I like it. You know what shit you need to let go of. So, just let it go.

Confusingly Convoluted Simplicity

Continuing with my rephrasing of our Five Simple Things, today we have #4, which was really hard to totally and completely change. In the process of rewriting it, I came up with a wonderfully, confusing and convoluted, long and involved rendering of : “Every time you use keys, visualize they are unlocking opportunities to get you closer to your dreams.”

Here’s what I came up with:

From this moment on,
When making use of a tool for easy access,
Picture in your mind’s eye
That you have just released and expanded
Favorable chances
To draw ever nearer to infinite possibilities
For health, happiness, prosperity,
Or what ever it is you wish to achieve.

Sometimes simple is just better… well, actually, simple usually is better, and the simplest way to say this is:

“When unlocking something, imagine you are unlocking your dreams.”

So, that was somewhat enlightening. I like the long, convoluted, complicated phrasing that really gets my mind running all over the place. But I think that’s because having my mind running all over the place is familiar and comfortable. It’s my preferred mode of avoiding difficult feelings and situations.

However, making it simple might be really useful as well.

Which makes me wonder, what if I kept it simple inside my brain, for at least a small part of the day… what would that look like? What if it looked like me actually being in the actual moment in my actual body… Wow! Imagine that! And what if everything I said, or did, was just simple. Maybe it would be easy and simple. Maybe it would be fun to be simple… I don’t know. Might be worth a try!

Dynamic Imaginings

Continuing my exploration of what each of our Five Simple Things would look like if it was worded differently, I came up with a really fun alternative to the ho hum, not that interesting #3, which is: “Bless your morning coffee/tea with vibes of productive creativity.”

I like this one a lot better! It sounds very, I dunno… seriously esoteric, and also a little bit British! At least in my mind. When I read it out loud, I have to use my amazingly fake British accent. LOL 🙂

Consecrate
The first decoction you choose to imbibe
With an infusion
Of dynamic imaginings.

Which leads me to consider why British?

And better yet, what if everything you brew, stew, bake, or make was a magickal potion designed to bring health, happiness, prosperity, peace… (whatever it is that you are wanting to conjure up)? And when you put it into your body, what if it had a profound effect? What if the act of cooking and eating was magickal and transformational?

And if cooking becomes conjuring,  I wonder what that would look like… is it even possible? I have lots of questions!

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