My friend Melanie celebrated her 19th birthday, this month. Melanie has cerebral palsy. For much of her life, her mother has cared for her at home with the help of a series of caregivers who feed her, bathe her, change her, carry her from bed to wheelchair to bath and back.
In 19 years, Melanie hasnt spoken a single word. She cannot hold up her head, or hold a spoon with her hands. She is petite, with bird-bone wrists and slender fingers. When she smiles, I see her grandmother and mother in the twist of her mouth, in the tiny wrinkles in her forehead.
Melanie doesnt speak. Yet her ability to create through the power of relationship is astonishing. And her communication skills are exquisitely sophisticated. She communicates in images and feeling states. Much the way Devas communicate, she shares a portion of her vibrational field with me so that, for the duration of our conversation, I experience the world as she does.
Slow down! I’ve said to her, more than once. You’re going too fast – I’m missing half of what you show me. Listening to her is, in some ways, like listening to someone speak a foreign language; one which I understand but in which I am not fluent. It takes effort. It can be exhausting. And exhilarating.
She uses capacities that all of us have as seeds or potentials within us, because they are capacities of our soul. Yet most of us havent developed the kind of skill and sophistication that Melanie has. Her skill with energy technologies offers a glimpse of our species future – she embodies potentials that the rest of us are still blundering toward with the clumsiness of toddlers.
Since she doesn’t use language in the ways we do – either to obscure or to illuminate – her presence is her message. The qualities of her being are highly refined, distilled, intensified by her lack of speech. In her presence, you feel what she is feeling; you experience her inner state without veils, projections or hidden agendas.
The flipside of Melanies sophistication with subtle energies is her sensitivity to her environment. Her energy field is diffuse, her boundaries transparent. She feels whatever the people around her are feeling, and any incoherency, turbulence or lack of integration in her environment can be intensely painful for her.
Being highly sensitive myself, I understand something of what this means for her on a day to day basis. Engaging with other people can be exhausting or healing, depending on their inner state. Increasingly, she creates people and situations around her that support qualities of peace and comfort, love and delight. Her newest caregiver has a young family — small children who adore Melanie and play happily with and around her.
She is patient with the gap between her reality and theirs. She is patient with herself, with her always-painful body. Her perspective is both more immediate and more spacious than most of us can manage. She inhabits a different part of the continuum of being than many of us – without the intervening skins and masks that bind and protect us.
It’s a courageous way to live. The power of perfect vulnerability.
For many years now, I’ve had a daily practice of attuning to the Devas, and partnering with them to create my life, my business, and my world as consciously as I can. These partnerships have been a source of immense blessing. They have helped me grow, take my place in the ecology of being, and become a source of light, love and blessing in the midst of all my human vulnerability, frailty and imperfection.
We are earth angels. We have the power to shape our world through the choices we make, and through the qualities we cultivate, hold, embody and express.
Everything that exists in the material world has a spiritual counterpart, which holds the pattern or blueprint for its perfect unfolding. I call these subtle-energy beings Devas, a Sanskrit word that means Shining Ones.
Your home has its own Deva, as does your family and your business. There are Devas of place — of landscapes, cities and countries – and Devas of Nature, who hold the pattern for every tree and blade of grass, every body of water, rock, planet and galaxy.
Devas of spiritual qualities hold the pure essence of the qualities in their care.
Qualities such as love, service, tenderness, compassion, clarity, joy, play, light, adventure, humor and purpose are at the heart of all creation. They are the essence around which all incarnation takes shape, and they are the core values around which you build your life, your business, your family, and whatever else you choose to create.
By attuning to the Devas of spiritual qualities, developing relationships with them and partnering with them, you can cultivate your own ability to embody these qualities and radiate them into your life and your world.
These qualities are already within you, as seeds or potentials. But some of them may be more fully developed than others.
During this holiday season, when the pressure of entrenched expectations and old family patterns can trigger toxic emotions and unhealthy ways of relating, you can call on the Devas for help.
When Cousin Susan makes the same joking reference to your weight or your unmarried status that she makes every year; when Uncle Bob launches into his theory that global warming is a left-wing plot to take over the world; when you find yourself wondering whether you were captured by an alien tribe and forced into this family against your will as a baby – call on the Deva of Clarity, Simplicity, Peace, Wisdom, Appreciation, Humor – or any of the qualities with which you want to fill yourself, your home, your relationships, and your world.
By setting a clear intention to embody these qualities, you have the power to choose your own experience, and to shape the situations that unfold around you. But by itself, your personal power is limited. When you call on a Deva for help, support and partnership, it lends its power to yours, to help you hold a field of love and blessing that embraces everyone at your holiday table.
Through this sacred, creative partnership, miracles happen. Conflict, projections, old stories and bitterness melt in the light of the Sacred, of whom we are all fractals (even Uncle Bob!).
In any situation, the clearest, strongest energy prevails. When that energy is one you intentionally set, and hold as a field for everyone around you to participate in, if they choose, you become a source of light, love and blessing.
As my gift to you – for the holidays, and for the rest of your life, if you wish – my wonderful designer, Richard Miller, and I have created a set of online Deva cards for you to explore and play with. They come with written instructions as well as a guided audio meditation to help you focus and clarify your intention, and choose a Deva to help you fulfill it.
You can use these cards to deepen your relationships with the Devas of soul qualities, and to develop these qualities more fully within yourself. Share the cards with the people you love. Use them every day, if you like, to set an intention for your day. Play with them in various ways, and let me know what happens in your world as you develop deeper relationships with these Devas.
My dearest wish for you is that you express the radiance, beauty and miracle of your inner being, and bring the power of your presence to bless and shape a world in which you and everyone you love can truly flourish.
Many blessings to you and your beloveds in this season of the returning light.
At the end of our first class of Sovereignty Kindergarten, I gave the wonderful people in our group a homework assignment: To make a physical space that celebrates and honors them. Something that reminds them, in a concrete way, of everything that makes them who they are–unique, unlike any other person in the world.
This Sovereign Self Space celebrates their gifts and talents, their quirks and foibles, their accomplishments, heart and love.
Then, they are to spend some time with this space each day, developing and growing it, if they wish, or just hanging out in it and taking in the fullness of who they are.
Lindsay sent me photos of a giant collage she’d made for her Sovereign Self Space. Her accompanying email was so insightful and filled with realizations about her patterns, that I asked her if she would be willing to share it with you. She very graciously agreed. So here is her lovely email, along with my response to her.
You may relate to many of the things she talks about here.
I did my homework! But I’m shy about showing it to everyone so I’m just sending it to you.
It was interesting because in the beginning there was a lot of resistance but then I just hit this flow. And I liked it. I liked the feeling about not thinking about how it had to be and just making/creating/writing without a voice editing it.
And it ended up being a circle. Which was not the plan.
It started very literally, then became more abstract, then ended very poetically.
I made note of various monsters that came up, like my “there’s no time monster” and my “seriously, you think you can solve your problems by sitting around doing arts and crafts” monster, and my “you aren’t doing it right! Go review EXACTLY what Hiro said so you FOLLOW THE RULES” monster, and my “what is the point” monster.
But now I like it. Although part of me wants to go back and ‘fix’ parts of it. Which I’m trying not to do.
Which makes me realize how careful I am to edit myself before I go into public (by public I mean be in front of anyone who is not a close friend – and that group is small). How cautious I am of what I say and how I say it.
So that being in public can be really stressful for me if I’m not on a stage (like at the front of the classroom), or in charge (as in the head of the group), because then I’m not in a position to craft the image of myself as I want people to see me. And I don’t think that constant desire to present only a portion of myself is very sovereign . . .
Of course, I’m willing to have you look at it because I know you’re here to help. I thought maybe in looking it over you might be able to observe some things about me that I can’t see through the haze of all my need to construct a narrative about who I am, even to myself.
Lindsay, this is wonderful–an intriguing mix of inner and outer qualities and accomplishments, and the underlying patterns that they reveal.
Thank you for taking the risk to explore all of the feelings that this exercise stirred up in you. It’s great that you met those parts of yourself that want to be right, follow the rules, feel not-good-enough and need to have their story straight before showing it to the world.
We all have these selves within our ego-structure. And, since everything including the ego is made of the same soul-essence, each of these parts of your self holds, in its heart, a spiritual truth.
The need to please or to be seen in a certain light is, in its essence, the need to belong, to be loved, to take your place in the circle of life, and to contribute to your world.
The expression of these needs becomes distorted through fear and misunderstanding about your own nature and your place in the world, but the needs themselves are universal, and fundamentally human.
We’re not here to do away with the urge to present a certain image of ourselves or construct a narrative about ourselves for the world. Rather, we are here to meet that urge with love and curiosity, and to discover the jewel hidden within it.
That willingness to explore, to be curious and open to whatever you find in yourself, brings you into your sovereignty.
The voices within you that say: Who do you think you are? What makes you think any of this is interesting? You didn’t do it right! and so on, are fragments of your wholeness. So they have the memory of wholeness within them.
As their sovereign leader, you can help them feel safe and heard–first, by inviting them to tell you their stories and listening for the underlying fears in which those narratives are embedded; and then by holding up a mirror so they can see their own essence.
When you help these fragments of your selves reconnect with their wholeness, they lend the power of their gifts to the shaping of your life.
This is one of the main tasks of sovereignty–bringing the inner selves that live in your kingdom into harmonious relationship with each other, and making your kingdom a place where all of your selves are liberated to grow into their full potentials.
These feelings are so universal, yet we’re shy about talking about them, because that exposes the most vulnerable parts of our selves. We feel ashamed, tender, afraid of judgment or criticism, so we all walk around hiding our feelings under masks that stifle our power and creativity.
You’re brave for having done the homework with such clarity and determination to seek out the truth about your self and your patterns.
Your willingness to share this publicly is both an act of courage and of great generosity. We learn from each other. And in sharing our most vulnerable selves, we make the world safer and kinder for everyone. Thank you so much!
If you feel like playing kindergarten with us, go ahead and create your own Sovereign Self Space. A sacred space that celebrates you. Come back and share photos and stories, if you feel moved to.
I’d love to hear what comes up for you when you share your self more fully and honestly with your world.
Each time we risk being ourselves, we open up a channel for greater intimacy, closeness and connection. Our world needs you–your particular, unique, quirky, wonderful self.
Continuing this series of questions about sovereignty, here’s a question from Rebecca Leigh of Smart Fresh Writing, about how to stay sovereign when you’re dealing with a chronic illness.
My question relates to sovereignty and physical ill-health / incapacity.
On one hand I have a sense of being placed in a physical prison, and having my choices limited.
But I also have other conflicting feelings about it. Some days I feel angry because no-one in my kingdom (my body) is obeying my commands. But then I feel sad and guilty because I think that I must be a very poor Queen for my kingdom to be in such disrepair. It hurts.
How can you live as the Queen or King, when it feels like the whole kingdom is rebelling?
Bec, I’m so sorry you’re feeling ill, angry, sad and guilty in your relationship with your body and your health.
The thing is, the sovereign is the leader who serves, rather than She Who Must Be Obeyed. Your inner selves won’t take kindly to being ordered around. Why would they?
Sovereignty brings all of your selves into right relationship with each other, and restores the inner order and pattern of your wholeness.
Its function is not to command your body to do what you want, but rather to create safety and support for all of your selves–to create an inner kingdom in which each self can flourish. Sovereignty means that you provide wise leadership, draw the very best out of your selves, and bring them together as a family to create the life that’s in harmony with your soul’s purposes.
A kingdom rebels because the needs of its members aren’t being heard and met.
We are not a singular self, but a collection of selves. And each of our selves is sovereign too; each one has the capacity for wholeness. Each of our selves emerges from the same Sacred source.
Our selves may become distorted and disconnected from their inner essence, but at the heart of every aspect of our selves is wholeness.
At the heart of pain, physical illness, incapacity, there is still wholeness. This is not just a nice idea, but a very real vibrational field which you can experience. It can be harder to access in the midst of physical pain, illness and disability, but we are fundamentally whole, even when we don’t feel that way.
This doesn’t mean that the physical disability is necessarily healed. There may be karmic or genetic reasons for it. But it does mean that you can know yourself as whole even though your body is disabled.
When you stand in your wholeness–when you identify yourself as whole, rather than identifying yourself as ill or disabled–then you can meet your illness, pain and disability with respect, love, delight and compassion. Remembering always that each of your selves has at its heart a truth and a gift that you need, in order to grow into your full potential.
You can talk with yourselves, especially the ones that carry illness and pain, and ask them to tell you about the spiritual truths at their hearts. Let them know how much you need their gifts, to create the life that’s yours to live. Listen to how they feel and what they need. Not with impatience or condescension, guilt or blame, but simply because they have wisdom and strength that are essential for your well-being.
Honor their sovereignty, and they’ll help you create a healthy personal ecology.
How do you handle illness, vulnerability, and pain? I’d love to hear your insights and comments, as well as your questions about Sovereignty.
As I sit here at my desk, writing this post, the room beneath my study is full of boxes. Most of my library is packed in sturdy, brown cardboard containers, scavenged from the liquor store in the village where I live.
I’m moving house again.
And even though the move is still a couple of months away, I’ve begun the process of withdrawing my energy from this place that’s been the home of my heart for the past three years.
My ancestors made the perilous journey across the Arabian Sea from Persia to India nearly 1300 years ago. Something of their peregrine spirit must live in me, because I’ve moved so many times during my life.
First, from India to North America, when I was just 21 years old.
The shadow of that first leave-taking is imprinted in my body. These past few weeks, I’ve dreamed repeatedly of my childhood home. And woken confused by the chitter-chrreee of eagles instead of the caw-caw-caww of crows.
The spirit of transformation is my guiding star.
This means that I choose life at the tideline. Right there, on the shifting shore. Welcoming the incoming waves. Knowing I’ll soon wave goodbye to the outgoing ones.
A rhythm as constant as my breath.
There’s a reassuring constancy to the rhythms of change. And an art to living improvisationally, responding to the tides without being swept away.
Surfers know this in their bodies.
For me, transformation happens most effortlessly, with the least amount of resistance, when I give myself safety, stability and support.
This is not the safety of a battleship or an aircraft carrier. It’s the safety of a sail boat. Or a surfboard. Something small and light and responsive enough to ride the waves without capsizing. Something as fragile as the coracles in which my ancestors sailed east, to India and freedom.
My sail boat is made of sturdy, durable materials. Daily rituals and routines that sustain me.
Lighting a candle each morning to welcome the spirit of my home. Invoking the spirit of grace. Invoking the qualities that add buoyancy to my life.
Paying attention to my feelings.
Eating consciously. Going to bed early.
Choosing presence and nourishment. Choosing connection, soul, heart.
Choosing what I truly love.
These practices are a boat when I’m on the sea. And when I return to shore, they form a lap.
A lap formed by the simple act of sitting cross-legged on the sand.
A lap that is an invitation to be held for a while, in safety and comfort. A lap doesn’t impose or insist–it’s just there, an available and loving support.
The cat or child who visits a lap curls up in it easily, with no thought of “should” or “ought”. The familiar warmth of the lap offers comfort, a place where we’re loved, accepted, restored to our selves.
It is, by its very nature, a temporary resting place, not a permanent dwelling.
When the refuge of the lap has worked its magic, the cat stalks off to chase seagulls across the beach; the child runs out to play in the shallows.
The lap reminds us that we are held; we are loved; we are safe. Visiting a lap restores us to the essential friendliness of our world.
So I’ve been contemplating laps. And turbulent tides. And how I can–simply by sitting with conscious intent–make a lap. Right here on the shore of the restless sea.
A lap for each of you to visit for a while. To restore yourself to your Self, whenever you choose.
How about you? What are some of the ways you make a lap for others? What are the laps that shelter you?
A few weeks ago, Jen Louden invited me to talk about Opening to the Sacred at her Virtual Retreat. A number of you emailed me after the retreat to ask if I would expand on the ideas presented there.
Here is a recap of that talk–an offering to Spring, to all that is struggling to be born within us.
The Sacred is the ground of our being, so how do we open to that which is not separate from our selves? The Sacred is not remote from us–out there, in some transcendent realm. The Sacred is my own heartbeat, and yours, and yours. We are fractals of the One Source. It is the essence of who we are, the Void out of which all of creation emerges.
Many religious and spiritual teachings emphasize the need to destroy or transcend the ego in order to be one with All That Is.
Yet the ego–that which makes up our personalities, our uniqueness–is essential to our incarnation. And it too is sacred. This is the Tantric view, that all of life is a hologram of Source. Anything and anyone, including our own bodies and our imperfect selves, can be a portal to the Sacred because everything is made of Sacredness.
We are incarnate beings. One way of thinking about our relationship with the Sacred is that Source expresses Itself in each of us along an arc or continuum.
At one end of this continuum we are a unified field of one-ness. Here, there is no differentiation between you and me, between you and the most distant stars, between me and the earth, between tree, rock, rain and ocean. This is the realm of formlessness, which precedes even the Divine matrix in which all forms first come into being. Everything in this realm is pure potential.
At the other end of this continuum of being is your particular, unique incarnation. This is your self-hood, that which makes you unlike anyone else who has ever lived before. No-one else can be or will ever be YOUR expression of the Sacred–as distinctive as your voice or your fingerprint.
To change a pattern or to create a new one, we must begin where we are. So, to be receptive to the Sacred, we begin by being receptive to ourselves. To our bodies, our minds and hearts, our emotions, our personhood.
Each of these elements that make up the totality of our being is the Sacred incarnate within us.
The week before I was to teach at Jen’s Virtual Retreat, I was sick with the flu. My voice, when it finally returned, sounded like a cranky frog. So I worried: How will I teach if I have no voice? My head feels like jello–how will I remember what to say?
And then the cosmic joke finally landed through the fog in my head, and I laughed out loud.
Of course! The light of the Sacred doesn’t disappear with my voice! It’s always there–in sickness and in health. It’s always there.
So let’s explore opening to the Sacred in our frog-throated, splay-footed, warts-and-all selves. Let’s explore the Sacred in a spirit of play and curiosity.
Close your eyes and bring your awareness behind your eyes and up a bit, into the area of your mid-brain, between your pineal gland near the back and your pituitary gland in front. This, along with the center of your heart, is the seat of your incarnate soul in your body.
Feel the radiance of your soul, here in the center of your head. From here, connect with the light of your personhood — of everything that makes you who you are. Let this light fill your whole brain and radiate out into your body, into the center of your heart, into the center of your belly. Let it continue to radiate out through your cells, into your energy field all around you.
Feel the boundary of your personal energy field–the place where you end and the rest of the world begins–like a great circle all around you. You can mark this boundary with a hedge of roses, or a picket fence. A stone wall, or a mantra or a sound. Anything that gives you a clear sense of where your personal energy ends and the rest of the world begins.
Now fill everything within this boundary–fill your whole energy field–with the light of your self; that aspect of your soul that is in incarnation right now. This is different from the light of your soul, which encompasses more multidimensional realities, but it is equally Sacred. It exists along a continuum with all Light everywhere.
So attune to this light within you, the light of your personhood.
Your precious miracle of a body, which performs dozens of highly complex processes effortlessly every day to keep you alive.
Your ancestry, the gifts of your biology and history, the gifts of your lineage. The gifts of your home and country as they are woven into your incarnation.
Your mind and imagination, which enable you to travel with me on this journey without ever leaving your chair or your bed.
Your genius, your skills and talents. Your friendships and loves, your creations, the things that bring you joy. Each of your accomplishments.
Your qualities of kindness and friendship, of generosity, creativity and playfulness.
The light of your self does not ignore that which is ill or angry; painful, wounded, or fragmented in you. It doesn’t shut out whatever still needs love and integration. It embraces and enfolds all aspects of your self within its warmth.
So take a moment to feel these parts of yourself as a play of shadows and patterns within the light. Bring them into your inner wholeness, which holds all of your inner selves in love.
As you do this, notice what happens to your fragmented selves–notice the relationship between them and your wholeness.
You, yourself, are a source of Sacredness in the world. You are not just a consumer of spiritual stuff. You are a source of love and light and blessing.
So, from the center of your head, experience the light of your sacred self radiating out into your energy field, filling it until it resonates with the vibration of your personhood.
Now feel into the boundary of your energy field behind you, behind your heart. Feel where the light of the Sacred in you meets and blends with the light of the Sacred in your extended soul–that vast, multidimensional being that contains all of your incarnations. That extends into dimensions of soul and spirit that are not in incarnation.
Experience the Sacred in the vibration and qualities of your extended soul, behind you. This, too, is your singular vibration, but it’s more closely attuned to other resonances of the Sacred, more fluid than your personhood.
Take this further–extend the light of your personhood out to the boundary of your energy field in front of you.
Experience the boundary where your Sacredness meets the Sacred in the world.
Open your eyes and look at the objects in the room around you. Feel the Sacred within these objects. Choose one of them, and feel its presence, its essence, which is also the essence of the Sacred.
Close your eyes again, and extend your awareness outward to the edge of your boundary. This time, invite someone you love to connect with you at the boundary of your energy field. Feel their essence, the Sacred within this other person.
Next, invite someone–or a situation–with whom you have a difficult relationship, to connect with you at the boundary of your energy field. Experience the essence of this person or situation, the Sacred within them, met by the Sacred within you. Be aware of what happens when you do this.
Finally, bring your awareness back to the center of your head, to the center of your heart. Feel the light of the Sacred within you resonating at your own particular vibration, attuned to the Sacred in all dimensions, in all creation.
May the Great Pattern of your life unfold this Spring as gently as new leaves unfold on this cherry tree outside my window.
My friend Michele Woodward, who lives in Washington DC, said last week that the atmosphere in the city was heavy with dread, the way it had been after 9/11. A series of unexpected blizzards on the East Coast left many people feeling fearful, uncertain of what was coming next. This harsh winter weather, following on the heels of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, brings home the realization that we’re vulnerable to Nature’s awesome power. It reminds us forcibly of our mortality.
There are powerful planetary energies at play right now that exacerbate polarization, division, fear, and friction. At the same time, there are available energies of wholeness, radiance and peace.
Each of us is both an individual being — our singular self — and in relationship with all other forces on this earth. The energies of entropy affect us because they are in the atmosphere around us — we swim in them like fish in the sea. But they also exert pressure through our connection with others in our lives who may be susceptible to them, and through our energetic connection to the earth.
So…here are some ways to stay strong, present and calm in the midst of fear and chaos:
1. Ground yourself. Make an energetic connection between your body, and the purest, clearest energy source on earth — the soul or Deva of the Earth. Connect also to the Deva of the Cosmos and the Deva of Humanity. These forces work tirelessly to harmonize life on earth.
2. Bring yourself back to your own center, and radiate your presence from there all the way out to the periphery of your energy field.
3. Invite your soul’s presence into your body, through the back of your heart. Fill yourself with your soul’s radiance. Embody more of your soul’s power and presence.
4. Clear and release energies and emotions that are not yours, out of your body and energy field. Create a state of harmonic resonance in your own energy field. This is your inner world. Fill it with the qualities you want to experience, and work skillfully with the energies that disrupt it. Practice sovereignty.
5. Feel your own feelings; let them flow. Call a circle of your inner selves into your heart. Open your heart to every part of you — the strong and the timid, the fearful and the powerful. Practice compassion. Be the face of love within your own heart.
6. Stay in present time. When you find yourself feeling powerless, trapped in catastrophic stories — characterized by phrases like “always” and “never” among others — breathe, ground, bring yourself back to center, and into the present moment. Your senses help anchor you in the present moment, so open up to the tenderness of your breath, to the beauty of the world within and around you.
When fear surrounds you, it’s easy to get swept off into the future — into what-if-land. Since your body can’t follow you there, tipping out of yourself, into the future, will leave you feeling fearful.
Your body is always in touch with what’s real right now. Dance. Play. Inhabit joy. Feel the solid ground of earth beneath your feet.
7. Confusion is almost always a sign that you’re dealing with energies — or emotions, thought-forms, beliefs and stories — that aren’t yours. Release anything that doesn’t belong to you, and then see how you feel.
8. Ask for help: from your soul, from your beloveds, your community, and from allies and helpers in all dimensions.
You are not the small, scared, isolated self you may feel yourself to be. You are a vast, multidimensional being, and you have capacities and resources you can barely begin to imagine. They are real. They are powerful. And they are actively invested in the success of your incarnation — they always respond when you ask.
When you’re ready, offer help in whatever ways you can.
9. Give yourself the gift of spaciousness. Turn off the news, stay off social media — separate from the high levels of fear that are haunting the world right now.
10. Get outdoors. Breathe in the ever-present beauty and generosity of Nature. Tune into your body, the body of the earth. Commune with what’s real. Attune to spirit, which moves in dimensions of timelessness. Attune to the essence of the qualities you need to help you — strength; patience; fortitude; safety; humour; stability; wisdom; power; inspiration.
11. Make clear energetic separations from everything and everyone else, and return to the simplicity of your own being, as it is right now. Your senses bring you into the present moment, so tune into your breath, your body, what you taste, smell, touch, hear and see.
12. When fear comes knocking, with its stories of impending doom, ask yourself: right here, right now, am I safe? Am I dying? Or deathly ill? Or about to be eaten by a dinosaur? Is what I’m afraid of actually happening right now?
13. Manage your energy. Bring a pink-gold vibration into your reptilian brain (at your brain stem), a clear gold light into your mid-brain. Close down your first chakra until it’s only as open as you can handle comfortably. Close down the energy channels at the back of your head and neck, and across your shoulders, and fill them with clear gold light.
These practices will help. Reality is always Whole, and always on your side. Even though fragmentation can be LOUD, its power is limited to volume.
Each time you recognize and name the fear and trauma around you, bring yourself back into resonance with your own soul, and into harmony with Wholeness, you contribute to the healing of the world. You bring calm, strength and peace to your own body, your life, and your community.
Times of uncertainty and change call us to the task of making meaning and wholeness within ourselves. You can choose to be a source of healing and blessing. Your Presence is needed in our world.
Bring a clearer, stronger vibration of peace and harmony into any situation dominated by violence, terror or trauma. In any situation, the clearest, strongest energy always prevails. Each of us can do our part. Together, we can make a difference.