Archive for September, 2013

The Storm

My heart goes out to all of us who are feeling this surge of ick.
So many of us are dealing with hardship, heartache, and upheaval right now. Please know that you are not alone. This storm is everywhere, affecting everyone. We are all being beaten up psychically, whether we recognize it as that or not. We’re being torn out of our comfort zones, coming face to face with our fears, leaving relationships that no longer serve us, dealing with loss, facing the deaths of people we love, worrying over financial issues… all of which makes it feel like the earth is constantly shifting under our feet. It’s unnerving, unsettling, and scary.

Some of us are questioning our sanity and some of us are trying to control the outcome with little success. We’re coming to face to face with our darkness, and questioning what that means when we’ve worked so hard to be in and of the Light. We feel like we’re failing in our purpose, failing others, failing ourselves, falling down. We’re questioning everything we think we know about ourselves and the world and coming up with more questions than answers. Some of us are learning to ask for, give, and receive help – and it’s hard. The breaks come few and far between, and we’re grateful when the storm sleeps, because we need that time to regain our balance.

For all of you that are experiencing this, please let me remind you to take care of yourselves. This is no ordinary storm. The tools you’re used to using to cope aren’t necessarily up to this task. Your bodies aren’t designed to withstand stress like we’re seeing now. Listen to your heart and your intuition. If you need to go inside yourself and be with your pain, do that. If your body wants to sleep, let it. If you’re struggling against something and some voice is telling you to let it go, do. If you’ve recently experienced a string of setbacks, give yourself time to catch up. These are big changes and uncharted territories. Don’t blame yourself for not being up to it, none of us are.

This is a massive flood on an emotional scale. We are being washed clean of everything that isn’t working. It’s happening very fast and it’s unearthing all kinds of things we’re not prepared to deal with. How could we be? But the good news is that we’re integrating, learning, and growing, even in our sleep. We’re mapping out a new course on a global scale. We’re learning humility, grace, forgiveness, and self-love. We’re learning to reach out and empathize with others, to share our pain, and in the process, transmuting it to Love and gratitude. We’re bonding. We’re moving through darkness and coming out stronger and better. This is what we came here for, it’s why we’re here now. This doesn’t last forever. Relief is coming. Do what you have to do to maintain, but give yourselves a break sometimes to be where you’re at in this changing landscape.Image Look around. It’s important that you FEEL this. Only by acknowledging your feelings do you release them and relieve yourself. Try not to run from them, or distract yourself with something (or someone) else. This is an inside job. This is YOUR storm, and as ugly as it looks, there is a gift in this for you somewhere. You’ll find it on the other side of this. You will be ok, probably more ok than you’ve ever been.

We are transmuting the darkness together, communally. We’re healing each other and the history of Earth. We are standing over and protecting each other with our Love and Light, each in turn, during this healing process.

If you know someone who is going through this alone, please light a candle for them and infuse it with your Love and best intent for their best outcome. It does make a difference. I will certainly do it for you if you’re struggling.

I love you people.

It’s not just you. Everywhere I’m seeing people struggling with overwhelm, exhaustion, personal crises, and seemingly impossible decisions to make and circumstances to navigate, and what makes it even more freaky is that we’re not able to see ourselves on the other side of whatever’s looming in our paths.
We’re living in very interesting times. The events that are unfolding on the world stage right now are way out of our ‘ordinary’, we’re being bumped and jostled way out of our comfort zones, and for good reason. We are on the brink of major change. So many of us have been holding on and hanging in, waiting for SOMETHING to happen, something that releases the pressure we’ve been feeling, that allows us to regain some semblance of ‘normal’ so we can feel right again and resume our lives where we left off before this chaotic feeling took over.

Something IS happening. Many things are happening, most behind the scenes and not on the news, but we FEEL them coming and we sometimes feel them when they pass by, giving us a moment or a few days of relief. Shit is getting REAL on every level. Many of us are so caught up in our personal stuff that we’re not even downloading what’s occurring on a national or world scale because it’s too much. We feel out of touch but too exhausted to pay much attention… and that’s where we’re succeeding. Even if you feel like all you’re doing is treading water, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, right now.

My loving advice to you, is to take care of yourself through these changing times, rearrange your priorities (some of us have already had to start that process), reset the values you place on things and people in your lives, decide what matters the most to you and when you have the bandwidth to deal with those things, do. In the meantime, deal with YOU. Acknowledge what you are feeling even if it’s negative or scary. Be with the emotions that come up. Don’t judge them or yourself for having them. Don’t blame someone else, just acknowledge YOUR feelings. Chances are they’re not all yours. Cry, scream, get angry, yell, pound your fists on the steering wheel, wail, keen, sob, and RELEASE that pressure. Make time. Do it a few times a week if you need to. Whatever emotional chaos that’s haunting you, give it a name and release it. What comes back to roost in that spot when you’re done will give you a new understanding of what matters to you. For me it’s been Peace, calm, compassion, Love, cooperation, tenderness, creativity…

The world needs you right now, friends. The more angst, anger, and sadness you release, the more space you create for something new and better and the less burden you’ll carry. The less entangled we are with our fears and anger, the less of it we bring to the rest of the world. The Earth and everything on it really needs our Love and our presence right now. We don’t necessarily need to be all up in everything that’s happening, but we do need to be present with what’s happening within ourselves. Listen to your bodies, get enough rest, take your emotions out for a walk and give them a long leash. Pay attention to where they take you, and then let them go. Change what you need to, let the rest work itself out. Nobody is super man or wonder woman right now, give yourselves a break. We might be in for a long stretch of this, but it gets better. The only way out is through. We are, all of us, completely safe.  ❤
 Special thanks to Adam Trenholm for this lovely shot. 

Kindred Spirits

noun: kindred

one’s family and relations.
synonyms: family, relatives, relations, kin, kith and kin, one’s own flesh and blood; More
kinsfolk, kinsmen/kinswomen, people;
“his mother’s kindred”
relationship by blood.
“ties of kindred”

adjective: kindred

similar in kind; related.
“books on kindred subjects”
synonyms: related, **allied**, **connected**, comparable, similar, like, **parallel**, associated, analogous

We all are, in some ways, the same. It might not be the same area of thought or connection with every person you meet, it’ll be a different connection on a different level, and there are LOTS of levels or planes of experience to draw from. The thing is, you might share a propensity for something with every living person in this world and you wouldn’t know it necessarily, but it would be true. If we were all honest with ourselves, we would acknowledge that we each share some commonality with every other person around us, whether we like that thing about ourselves or not. Our stories and our experiences are what connects us on a deep level. It’s rarely ever a superficial thing. So when you start looking around your world at people, keep in mind that each one of them carries a connection to you and you to them. Knowing that one thing goes a long way towards remembering how to love your fellow man.

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