Over the last year The World is Your Oracle workshops have become my great passion. It’s extremely gratifying to watch as participants access their creative inspiration and begin to incorporate their own wise guidance as purpose in their lives. They do the exciting inner work. My role as facilitator involves creating a safe and welcoming environment, leading us in a grounding and centering ritual, assisting participants in crafting their divinatory questions, and then helping them interpret the oracles they receive.
About a month ago, I facilitated a workshop for a dozen women here in Madison. Cynthia, one of the women there, wanted to know which of two jobs she should pursue. I helped her realize that the two offers were as unlike as apples and oranges. As a result, she fashioned two questions, one about the first job, and the second about job number 2. After her divinations, she was able to compare the answers she received, and as a result, recognize that one was the better option for her.
When everyone had an appropriate oracular question, we performed a “Sounds” divination. This is one of the basic techniques in The World is Your Oracle. You simply ask your question out loud and then wait for the first sound you hear as your answer. Barbara, a second woman at the workshop, immediately understood the response to her question. She heard a robin chirp, and realized that for her, robins represented new beginnings. Her oracle indicated that she should begin a new type of meditation, rather than continuing the one she had been practicing for years.
Beth, on the other hand, had no idea what the train whistle she had heard in the distance might mean. So I asked her to use “free association” (p. 18 in The World is Your Oracle) to discover its meaning. Her oracular question asked about her current relationship, but she saw no connection between it and the warning signal she had heard as a remote echo. Free association allowed her to realize her personal association with the distant sound, using the question “What feelings does the train whistle evoke in you?” (This is one of the six questions you can choose to use). She got in touch with the melancholy nostalgia that this noise awakened in her, recalling times in her childhood when she had lived near railroad tracks. When she thought about this feeling with respect to her partner, she realized that she was missing some of their early infatuation. This helped her understand what had been bothering her more recently.
Every workshop I facilitate is different. It depends on which issues the participants choose to engage with. But the process is similar every time: craft a question, ground and center, perform the divination, interpret the results. This is a powerful practice for tapping into your inner wisdom.
What was the most inspiring and empowering workshop you’ve attended? What did you get out of it?