Every self-employed person I know struggles to get structure into their workday. It can be even harder for the metaphysically inclined, because at the same time we try to get stuff done, we want to maintain a balanced energy system. To keep myself going as a professional tarot reader, I categorize my to-do list according to the 7 chakras. At any given time, I try to have something to engage each chakra. For instance:
1st Chakra – Something Grounding
Start your day with 15 minutes of grounding introspection. Then, rather than have it hang over your head, let some of your home life into the workday. Garden, walk the dog, get groceries, exercise. File when you need to. Tidy your work place. Walk barefoot.
2nd Chakra – Something Rigorous
This creative chakra makes things happen. Make something with your hands. Deliver your product to your client. Put up flyers or do other outreach. Make nervy cold calls. Do something you can’t be shy about to push your intention outward.
3rd Chakra – Something Fun
Third chakra joy is the kind that makes you feel great about yourself. It’s playful and delicious. Hop on the bike to visit a gallery as fodder for an essay. Have lunch with a friend. Identify your favorite work activity and schedule it to recur multiple times this year. (I’ve done this with the Tarot Salon and Tarot Tuesdays).
4th Chakra – Something Interactive
This chakra reminds you to connect to your community. Do something for someone else’s good. Allow generosity into your day, and accept it when it is offered to you. Do a free reading. Donate an auction item. Contact a local business with a partnership idea. Respond positively when someone reaches out to you.
5th Chakra – Something Vocal
The keyboard is a tyrant! If you work from home, make sure you speak with someone about work every day. Blogging and posting to social media are poor substitutes, but if that’s what you’ve got, read your words aloud before hitting ‘send.’ Feel the sensation of saying what you mean.
6th Chakra – Something Intuitive
If this is your craft, tarot reader, you are in luck. Get a reading in every day. Offer short, free readings if your client base is small – these are like weight lifting for intuitives. Schedule time to daydream and journal about the direction you want your business to go. Act on your intuition.
7th Chakra – Something Inspired
Meditation is where the 7th and 1st chakras meet. Write down your dreams. Quiet your mind so that you can converse with your subconscious. List your gratitudes. Study the work of a mentor. Let your 7th chakra take you somewhere unexpected.
Well, according to my own rules, this blog post is a poor substitute for 5th Chakra vocalizing, so I should wrap it up. I’ll read it aloud, then do some 3rd chakra play to find matching images. Luckily, I have an event with readings tonight, giving me the 4th and 6th chakra action I need. I can feel and see that I’ve neglected chakras 1, 2, and 7, which is something of a pattern for me. Luckily, my boss is pretty forgiving. And there’s still time for a rigorous walk before I have to head out.
If thinking of your to-do list in this way is helpful to you, huzzah! I’d love to hear your tips for me.
(pictured above: a Present Day Tarot to-do list color coded by chakra; the Ace of Pentacles from the Light and Shadow Tarot deck; 4 of Wands from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck; The High Priestess from Tarot del Fuego).