I had intended to be listing new work right now, but the turmoil surrounding the election changed those plans and instead I have spent the day communicating with friends and doing spiritual work. This was a gut-wrenching shock to so many of us. Just when we expected the nightmare to be over, it turned out that it was only beginning. I'm appalled, but I am also sorry to say I am not surprised. As much as we would like to think that we can create a better world for everyone, we simply cannot do so until the old one has broken down. And I won't mince words with you: that process is going to be ugly, and it is going to be hard.
The good news is that we can use the energy of this event to galvanize us, to fuel our own convictions and clarify where we want our journey to take us. But first, we have to acknowledge our feelings: our grief, our rage, our despair, or whatever else we may be experiencing. Feel them, express them in a way that does not attack others, and release them. Don't hang onto them and worry them like a dog worries a bone.
I want to share something here about that. I have an extremely sensitive nature. If something happens with someone close to me, I know, because I can feel it. I can often tell when someone is thinking about me, or how they are feeling about me, or something else. And in an ambient way I can feel everything that is happening in the world. It doesn't matter if I am cloistered away in the studio, I still feel it: all the rage, all the hate, all the fear, not only from humanity but much, much more. Everything. So I know that if I allow myself to focus on that, and engage with it, I will literally go insane. As it is, just getting through the day can be a struggle. I have to find a way to live with the toxic energy that surround me--and all of us. That's why I decided to write this post.
A lot of you are probably in the same boat, to some extent, so the first thing I want to say is that the emotions you are feeling overwhelmed by are not entirely your own. You are picking up on the collective emotional energy out there through resonance with your own feelings. You deal with this by working through your own feelings and letting them go, and by acknowledging that much of it did not originate with you in the first place. Flower essences are a great support for this, by the way. You can find them in most natural grocery stores or online. The Bach Rescue Remedy is invaluable. I also highly recommend and use the Desert Alchemy essences which are made in Tucson and available online.
Second, stay in a supportive environment as much as you can, especially if you are feeling fragile. If you have to go to work outside the home this environment may have to be limited to the space between your ears, but do try to enhance your surroundings to reflect what nourishes your soul as much as you can. Small things that are beautiful and inspiring can make a big difference. Limit or ban altogether any media, person or object that feels "heavy" or negative to you. Establish your sacred space to reflect your own soul and your truth. Yes, be aware of the world. But do not let it draw you into its drama.
Third, be mindful of where you direct your own attention and energy. Pay close attention to your thoughts. If they start going down a rabbit hole of negativity, stop, and turn your focus to something else. Find something to make you laugh: laughter is very effective at breaking up heavy energy. Spend time with a like-minded soul. Watch a movie. Get outdoors into nature, the great healer. Create something. Use your energy to build the world and the life that you want. In every moment, you can choose to remain embroiled in the collective or pull out of it and express on a different level. Do you want to use it to focus on what you don't like out there, or use it to weave a vision of spirit, beauty, strength and grace?
Mind you, I am not saying to turn a blind eye if you see someone being bullied, put down, or abused. Stand your ground with courage and speak up for those who can't, or are too afraid to do so. Many, many people will need our support in the times to come, especially--especially--from those of us who are women elders. The young are looking to us to model strength, integrity and conviction in the face of loss and despair, and to show them that we can be strong, and we can create a better world, one person and moment at a time.
The main point I want to make here is that you decide what kind of energy is let into your field and how it affects you. This happens unconsciously for most people, but there is another way, and you have a choice.
I need to go start dinner, and take care of the laundry now. Life goes on. I love you all, and send you all the blessings and encouragement that I can. If you want to talk, please contact me. I'll be happy to hear from you.