Focusing my way to sleep

This post was written by Megan on January 11, 2011
Posted Under: burnout and sleep

Oracles and lullabies burnout cartoon

It sounds crazy but it's true. Many people with burnout actually have trouble sleeping. It seems like sleep is all our bodies want from us. But when it comes to achieving it, something gets often in the way.

I regularly find that it is a kind of buzzing – mentally, emotionally or physically (or all three together like some barber's quartet from hell). My mind is jumping around, I'm feeling freaked, or my body is screaming 'I want to sleep but I caaaaannnnttttt'.


And then I came across oracle cards

Don't write me off as a New Age loo-loo just yet. Let me fill you in a little…

I have this pink and purple pack (as you would expect) of 52 oracle cards by Sonia Choquette called 'Ask Your Guides – The Direct Link to Your Personal Psychic Support System'. Now I'm not fond of long lines with the first letter of each word being in capitals (you can read all about that in My Marketing Thing (Post: Another sill-moo headline mistake), but these cards have been handy in a way that perhaps wasn't intended by the author.


What the cards are intended for

I'll let Sonia explain:

"This card deck is designed to help strengthen and enhance your sixth sense and help you access Divine help in your day-to-day life. Each of the 52 cards presents an emotion, issue or situation; and then offers personal guidance from God, your Higher Self…"  yadda yadda yadda.


What kinds of topics are covered in the cards?

Let me list a few:

  • Unconditional love
  • Boredom
  • Imagination
  • Discontent
  • Rest
  • Deceit
  • Discipline
  • Grace
  • Judgement
  • Compromise

Card #20 is 'Exhaustion'. Thought you might be interested in that one. So if you pull the Exhaustion card, you can flip the guide book open to the 'Exhaustion' page (if you have the energy) and read the little blurb:

"Your Divine helpers are here, advising you that while it's essential that you do everything in your power to fulfill your goals, it's equally important to know when to back off and allow the Universe to work its magic on your behalf. You've done enough. Allow these beautiful and highly competent guides to step in and take over. Your enthusiasm is your gift, but unless it's properly contained, it can undermine your best intentions…"

And it goes on for another paragraph. The thing is, you don't have to believe in 'Divine Helpers' or 'the Universe working its magic on your behalf'. I am, however, suggesting that there might be something in that paragraph that's worth your attention. Particularly the last line.


How I use the cards to sleep better

Before collapsing on my pillow, I pull a card and focus on the subject suggested. The card's topic stops me worrying about meeting a work deadline, paying that electricity bill, that ning-nong who cut me off in traffic earlier today, even worrying about my health.

I would like to stop thinking altogether, but I'm not very good at that. So the card raises the quality of my focus. It pulls my mind out of the nitty-gritty and to an open plain where I can mentally breathe better.

And if I don't like the card I pulled, I just choose another one (don't tell Sonia).

Often I'm too tired to think constructively about the topic, so I try to tap into the feeling of it. For example, if I pull the 'Exhaustion' card, I don't focus on being exhausted but on the idea of allowing others to help me while I rest. I do my best to feel people helping me. Make sense?


When I do have the energy…

I might create my own deck – with cartoons, of course. I'll let you know when I've done them, perhaps you can give me your opinion – ?


This post was written by Megan Hills. Megan is a writer and cartoonist who likes the idea of invisible helpers (off the payroll).  Find out more about Megan

Reader Comments

Hi Megan, that's a YES vote from me for a deck of your cartoon cards – sounds like just the thing I need, and a good gift for a few friends….

Written By Hansen on January 11th, 2011 @ 8:30 am

OH YES- It's hard work to get to sleep. And then to drop into deep sleep- even more focus needed for that. I usually try to focus my attention on my belly or feet to alow me to relax and fall asleep.
Ehm confession- I also have an intuitive lady on my bedside. 'Mine' is Laura Day, and the little ritual I do is called the Healing Circle. Basically I surrender all sorts of issues to the circle, and trust the circle will work them out on my behalf. It sounds a little wacko, but it really works.
You could do a burnout pack with 10 different varieties of exhaustion ;-) . We're like eskimo's- they have a 100 words for snow, we have at least that many for fatigue. (But slip a joy one in there too will you?)

Written By Amber on January 11th, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

A chartoon deck, without the new-age, would be an excelent idea, I think :)

Written By Tiago on January 11th, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

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