Are you finding that your usual ‘go to’ list of self care/self soothing things just isn’t cutting it? Perhaps you’re experiencing health issues (either new or old) bubbling up or childhood wounds and issues from the past are being triggered? If you’ve been experiencing some pretty dense heavy energy of late or any/all of the above, then please know that you aren’t alone!
There are a couple of things that we have been feeling into that have been working in tandem creating a sort of *double whammy* energy effect on many of us.
Firstly, the dense energy that many of us are feeling is the fear, uncertainty, hatred and negativity which has been dislodged from the riverbed of the collective consciousness and is now floating on the surface in full glaring view. This dredge (that was conveniently settled on the bottom of the riverbed out of view for many years before) has risen to the surface in every area of human life and, as a result, can no longer be ignored which, despite being a good thing in our view because we cannot address issues we cannot see, is nevertheless distressing and uncomfortable to sit with.
Secondly, our guides gave us a heads up at the end of 2016 letting us know that
“the option to avoid looking at our core issues/shadow is no longer on the table in 2017”
This means that we are all being nudged (quite strongly) to do the shadow work and to support us to walk this path, any techniques we have been using to avoid looking at these aspects of ourselves are no longer as effective if at all!
Pretty big stuff, but we believe that letting go of all that no longer serves us for our highest good is what an up-shift in planetary vibration entails.
What can we do to support ourselves?
UNPLUG + GO BACK TO BASICS: In the midst of this dense energy and the push to do the shadow work, we have been reminding ourselves that we can unplug from the collective consciousness to gain some distance and wider (higher) perspective.
What we mean by unplugging and going back to basics is to refocus our energies on presence (being present in the moment), love (self-love), compassion, kindness, gratitude and forgiveness and allow these energies to flow through us back into the collective rather than allowing the fear and negativity already rife within the collective to influence us into feeding it more of the same!
Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind:
It’s all a MIRROR:
All the negativity, fear and hatred *out there* is a reflection of the negativity, fear and hatred in all of our *in heres*, and if it’s a reflection of our inner world’s then WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE IT. We must ignore those that would tell us we are powerless and work on embracing these emotions within ourselves with unconditional love, forgiveness and no judgment. By healing our own inner wounds/shadow/darkness the effect is felt by the entire collective because this is the nature of our interconnectedness.
Only LOVE can transmute HATE:
We humans often try to fight hate with more hate and fear with more fear, feeding the cycle and allowing the fear to gorge on more fear which then triggers within us more fear and so it continues, even though it isn’t what we actually desire. These habitual reactions stem from the perspective that these negative emotions are threats, so we react to them with hostility when in truth, the ONLY thing that can truly transmute them is their opposite energies of love, compassion, forgiveness etc.
A USEFUL EXERCISE:
The first step to breaking the cycle of feeding the beast within (and therefore without) is to identify what emotion is surfacing within us and then embrace a practice which helps us to see that emotion from a different perspective so we don’t push it away with some other negative emotion but rather give it the loving presence and space it needs to be transmuted.
We’ve been working with the following practice to help us see these negative energies within ourselves in a different light so we might respond to them differently. When we feel a strong negative emotion: fear, judgment, hate, anger, rage (we all feel these things)…we imagine that the emotion is a person. Let’s use *Fear* as an example.
Fear is standing at our door, scared, shaking, small and jumpy. Fear can’t look us in the eye because fear is so afraid. Think about how we will treat this poor person called fear. Will we shout at them, shun them, leave them out alone in the cold or will we invite them in, show them compassion and kindness until they are no longer fearful?
What about hate? Hate is standing at our door, hate is totally bereft of love and this abandonment and isolation has made hate hardened, closed and defensive. Do we meet hate’s defensive stance with an equally defensive one, will this make hate less hateful? What if we meet hate with something unexpected like an open heart and a warm welcome?
For most of us the answer will be the latter in both these cases, because we can recognise the need for love, comfort, acceptance and reassurance when faced with a fellow human being in distress. Why then should our reaction to these emotions be any different simply because they arise within the person that is us?
We’ll leave you with this beautiful poem which really gets to the core of what the above exercise embraces:
Anna & LJ xx