In the last couple of weeks I have been asked repeatedly, "What is going on???" Everywhere you turn people are sick, tragedies are happening, and emotions are getting the better of us. I thought it time to write down my thoughts on the matter with the intention of assisting people through this challenging time.
At times like these it helps to break things down to their simplest denominator. In this case, "Are you choosing love or are you choosing fear?" As the energy shifts in individuals and therefore on the planet, more and more people are "waking up" to their true nature and choosing the course of their higher self, thereby raising their vibrational resonance. This highlights those that are not choosing the path of love and continue to allow their fear and their ego to run the show. We see this on a micro level in individual relationships, and on a macro level as the forces for love and the forces for fear battle it out on the planet.
I am often asked, "What can I do?" The short answer to that question is "Raise your vibration." All healing of the individual and the planet happens on the inside. As you heal yourself, you raise the vibration of the whole. And as the whole heals, so does the planet.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to heal yourself, thereby effecting the world around you:
Breathe: So easy to say, but often difficult to remember to do when in the midst of a challenge. As my mentor says, "If you don't think breathing is important, then stop doing it." Breathing deeply oxygenates our body and brain, calms our nervous system, grounds our energy, and gives us a chance to pause before reacting.
Be Your Own Best Friend: When a friend is having a difficult time it is very easy to support them and offer them compassion, hope, and love. However, we tend to be our own worst enemies. We beat ourselves up, judge ourselves, choose fear over love, and generally make the situation worse. When you find yourself challenged, please make sure to be your own best friend. Take care of yourself. Offer yourself love and compassion. And remember that it is only as you know better that you can do better.
Stay in the Now: You have no power over the past. Recrimination and guilt simply rob you of any power you have in the moment. You have no power in the future, because it isn't happening. Your only power is in this NOW moment. What are you going to do with this moment in order to choose love and take care of yourself? One of my favorite mantras is, "If you take care of you, the universe will take care of you."
Learn the lesson: When good things happen we don't usually question why it's happening, we just enjoy it. But when challenges occur it is the nature of the ego to try and figure out "Why?" As we go down that road we create a narrative filled with everything from "God is punishing/challenging me," to "It's so-and-so's fault," to "WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME!!!" (note the dramatic tone of voice). While it is important to make sure we learn the lessons our life experiences are offering us, it is not a good idea to turn them into a drama. To avoid creating a "story" around an event, try to stand outside of yourself and become the observer. That will assist you in watching the emotions rather than "becoming" the emotions, thereby helping you to keep a clear head. In a nutshell, this is the difference between allowing our higher self to be in charge versus allowing our ego to be in charge.
Use Your Tools: Life tends to have a cyclical nature. Lessons in life seem to come back around again and again. It is too easy to get into a pattern of "Why is this happening AGAIN?" and forget that each time we run into this particular lesson, we have the knowledge from the past to build on. Everytime you have more experience, more knowledge, and more tools with which to come back to center and move forward rather than getting stuck.
When it comes right down to it, healing is about being mindful. It is about making decisions from a place of love rather than a place of fear. It is about choosing what is best for us moment by moment. It is about allowing emotions to move through us rather than becoming stuck in the story. It is about doing better as you know better. And finally, it is about using your wisdom and knowledge to take the next step forward. So as you journey forward through this challenging time, choose the high road. Thus the name of the website: Higher Living Journey.