When we work in our Grimoire Of Self, one thing we must do is learn to be honest with ourselves.
I am not asking you to write every session of morning pages (or Midnight Pages, if you prefer) in your Grimoire, but it can be done there.
There is also more you can do to open yourself up to more creativity. Use different color pens as you write. Write the day in large capital letters in one color. Write the date itself in a different color. Even in a different font if you like.
Add stickers. Glue in photos. Add collage elements. Use watercolors on the page. Add tip-ins to different places on different pages. All of this before you write. Write around your additions. Write over your additions.
That is simply to help activate one part of your brain.
To activate the other side of your brain, ask yourself some questions.
A favorite is Who Am I?
Try working with that one question every day for a week, a month, or for one hundred days. The more effort you put into it, the more you peel back the skin, the shell, of it, the more you will learn about yourself.
What is your biggest regret?
Write about one regret at a time. From the most significant regret to the next, until you get to the smallest, or however far along that path it feels fruitful to go down.
Be expansive with your details. What is the regret? What caused the regret? How did the regret come about? How could it have been avoided?
Now, what can you do to forgive yourself that regret? Can you forgive the regret? Can you release the regret? Can you let go of the energy and the feelings around that regret to allow healing to move into that space and release the scar tissue you’ve built up there for however long that regret has been cutting into your heart?
You will still have a scar, but it won’t itch and grind at you the way it had before.
Repeat this practice with the question what was the last mistake you made? Go back five mistakes, or ten, or however many you feel you need to go, in order to release all that bound-up energy waiting to work towards your greatest good instead of simmering and festering wound.
Do you need to focus on the negative things? You don’t have to.
Or you can move from one exercise to release hurt…and then move to an exercise that brings you joy, and happiness.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
What is your proudest moment?
What are your favorite memories from your childhood?
Who are the most favorite people in your life?
Take one, and then continue with another…one big accomplishment to another and then another and then another.
Your Grimoire is supposed to be a book that will support you and nurture you.
Please note, this book will not and does not replace a therapist if you are in need of one, but it can help you gain and/or regain and sense of your own self and of your own worth.
That is the goal here. To create something that supports you during the creation of the Grimoire and that continues to support you once a/the volume is complete.