A Healing Holiday
Consider the possibility
if a moment, an experience, an event, is physically over
and you are still holding onto it
(resentment, anger, holding a grudge, judging another, feeling stirred energy, fear, feeling small, being out of your center, etc)
that an acquired energetic pattern has been activated.
It only hurts because we believe that it means something that goes against our wholeness, our integrity, our True Nature.
This painful belief is always untrue, because it goes against our True Nature.
Our True Nature is peaceful, and whole, and complete. Fearless, and wild, and free.
Anything that is not our True Nature is an acquired coping technique. Because it is acquired, it can be unlearned.
And...activated energy, disturbed peace, is simply a call to healing. A call to restore our connection to our True Nature.
Healing, restoring our connection to our True Nature, is our birthright. And our responsibility.
Now that you know,
the choice is yours
To Heal of Not To Heal.
That is your power.
The choice is the hardest part.
The healing is easy (easier), once you have decided to take responsibility for it.
To claim your power and choose freedom.
It's your energy. It's your right (and responsibility) to heal yourself.
Here's how it goes:
1. See the activated energy.
2. Choose to release it. ("I release this painful energy at the deepest root connection, and return it to the highest original source, with honor for all.") Repeat, repeat, repeat.
3. Be free.
The Most Healing Question of All
My in-laws are coming, and I notice myself feeling small.
Feeling small is a means of protecting myself. An old coping technique. Sitting on the couch, checking out, preserving my energy so I have a good cushion when they are in my space. I see this particular coping technique is active.
In noticing that this coping technique is active, compassion and curiosity emerge. This question arises: why do I need to protect myself? What does it mean about me that I need to protect myself?
Awareness. The answer is : I am a 48 year old woman. I am not a small, innocent child that cannot protect myself, that does not understand what is happening. I am a 48 year old woman with all of the coping techniques of decades of life. There is nothing happening in this moment that I cannot handle. And, there is nothing to protect myself from anyway.
In simply asking the question, the energy of the coping technique moves through my head, lifting, like a mist evaporating.
I am ready to embody this truth, to see this moment in its fullness, not through the lens of the coping technique.
And then, just like that, my power is restored and I am returned back to the wholeness of life.
And then, a few minutes later: It is time to grow up. It is time for me to take care of them. The energy shifts further, and I grow up even more. To take on the energy of the caregiver, not the child. To see the opportunity for my power to take on physical form, to take action.
Embodying my Power is the first step.
Taking action is the second.
Power in Action is how I grow up.
Here is the process:
1. Notice coping technique is active.
2. Ask self: What does it mean about me that _____________.
4. Restore connection to my True Nature. See my place in the greater whole.
5. Take action from my place. My unique place in the whole. The only place that I can embody, doing what is uniquely mine to do.
A crisis means facing parts of ourselves that we have been at war with. Rejecting. Our very sense of self. If we can face the fear head on, honor it, and release it, we can grow bigger, safer, and more whole through the experience.
The Peace Power Path is one way of doing so.
A reframe for when/if the time is right.
Dancing with Life
That feeling, where you can’t think yourself out of one more situation. Where no one else can tell you what to do, there is no room for any one else’s ways. Only your ways. And, the old ways don’t work.
An impulse toward new ways: listening, feeling, not knowing, being. At first it feels wrong, but it’s not wrong, it’s just unfamiliar. Things take time to feel familiar.
And then, you can’t remember how you survived, before including your heart.
Dancing with life.
Norma Van Horn