We live in interesting times…..
Do you feel like the world has gone wacky-doodle? Me, too! It’s like we’re in a big snow globe that Divine Mother shook up and we’re waiting…and waiting….and waiting for it to clear…..it seems to be taking forever. From what I understand, we’re in for a long haul of this energy. Perhaps it’s time to really deal with it so we can be more comfortable and more effective.
Some of you might have read the The Yugas book by Joseph Selbie and David Steinmetz (https://www.crystalclarity.com/shop/books/the-yugas/) and know we’re involved in a long cycle of several thousand years. For those who haven’t read about the Yugas, the Cliff notes version is this. The planet evolves in very long, but predictable, cycles. When we move from one long cycle to the next, there is a lot of upheaval, unrest, and issues that arise. We’re at the beginning stages of what is called Dwapara Yuga and the upset we’re experiencing is part of this change of cycles. Even though we might know this intellectually, this knowledge doesn’t always seep through to our everyday lives and we let ourselves get scared, worried, fretful, and angry. What to do?
I suspect just about everyone reading this has moved their home or office at least once in their lifetime, if not more. What do we do when we move? We totally disassemble our homes! We break camp. We take everything we own, put it in boxes to take to the new home or office. When we do this, we go through our stuff and get rid of things that are outdated, outworn, or which we simply don’t need or want any more. Does this sound familiar?
Continuing the analogy, we don’t get angry or upset with the things we’ve outworn or don’t need anymore. We just give them away, take them to a thrift store, or throw them out. We don’t need to be angry or scared of these old outworn energies that are currently being put out of our earth-home. Yes, some people are so attached that they are very angry and are clawing to hold on with all their might. We don’t need to be like that.
I would like to offer three ideas as ways to help navigate the energies going on right now. There are plenty more that could be added, but I think these three could be very helpful.
Ground Yourself. Paramhansa Yogananda said that thoughts are universally and not individually rooted. When I first learned this, it was a game-changer for me. You mean some of those thoughts going through my head aren’t mine? That I have to accept them or let them go? Yes, and this is good news!
Thoughts and feelings are like radio waves floating around looking for good soil to land on. When we’re tuned in to the station of love, peace, and joy, those are the kind of thoughts that will land with us. If we’re tuned into thoughts of anger, sorrow, or despair those are the thoughts that will land on our station.
When we ground ourselves, it ’s much easier to know which thoughts are ours and which are just passing through the ethers and will keep going unless we somehow capture them. We can always ask: is this thought really mine or is it just passing through?
I suspect that everyone reading this meditates and probably expected my first suggestion be to meditate more. Yes, meditating is very important as it aligns us with the higher energies. However, if we don’t ground these energies into our lives, what use is it? We’re not floating around in the ethers. We took bodies because we wanted to experience being spiritual beings in bodies. We’re expected to ground our spirituality into our everyday lives. There are lots of ways to ground ourselves: Yoga, walking, gardening, drawing, painting, etc. Being with animals like goats, horses, chickens or dogs and cats is grounding. Various people offer other grounding techniques. Find some you like and use them regularly.
Second suggestion: Ask: “How may I serve?” One of the most effective ways to deal with negative or upsetting energy is to stop thinking about yourself and how it affects you and to ask: how may I serve. Think about other people and their needs. Ask “What can I do to relieve the suffering of other people?” Can I spend time with someone who is lonely or someone who doesn’t have family around? Are there classes or talks I could offer somewhere that could help uplift people and give them hope? Could I write articles, letters to the editor? Ask: how may I serve? Then listen and respond.
Why are you here at this time in history? We are each here to channel grace in specific ways. Go into meditation and find out what you came here to do and to be. Then get busy making it happen.
Ask: where could I volunteer my time and talents? Is there a local nursing home, hospital, or hospice who could use my cheerful face and attitude? What about my church family? Could they use my volunteer efforts? There are so many wonderful groups who are trying to offset the negative things that are happening. How could you help? Perhaps send some financial support or make phone calls for them - get in touch with organizations you believe in and ask how you can help.
By turning your energies and attention to an outer focus, you will alleviate the suffering of others as well as that you are feeling. Ask these questions and then take inspired action!
Here’s my third suggestion.
Change Your point of view. It’s very easy to get stuck in our opinions, judgments, and points of view - and suffer because of it! We all look out at the world through our own filters, filters we’ve built over a lifetime. Try this: be curious, don’t judge. Stop being so sure you have all the answers. Maybe you do and maybe you don’t.
Perhaps you remember the story of the three people blindfolded and told to stand near an elephant. One touched the trunk. The second touched the middle and the third was placed holding the tail. Then each was asked to describe the animal. Each had a different version of what the animal was based on their position.
The trunk person said the animal was long with ridges; the middle person said, “No, it is a large rough-skinned animal;” and the third said, “No, it is more Iike a snake - long and thin.” They were all correct based on where they were and what part of the animal they were touching. When they removed their blindfolds, they all saw they were touching an elephant.
If you’re feeling low or worried or scared, change your point of view. Every statement you think is true, turn it around and ask it as a question instead. For instance: use Byron Katie’s technique. You think: all politicians are bad and out for themselves. Ask: Is this true? Do I absolutely know this is true?
Take a different way to work. Put your shoes and socks on in a different order. Find ways to differ your routines in order to shake up your brain so you can see things differently.
Find something pretty that you like such as a crystal, prism, or sea shell. Keep it where you can see it during the day. When you find yourself feeling bad, pick up the crystal and look at its various facets. This will remind you to change your point of view.
Finally, although it does feel we’re living in a snow globe and are having difficulty seeing through the falling snow, we do have to remember Divine Mother is in charge and she will find a way to clear the snow and our vision - it’s only a matter of time.
Living with grace and ease,