What does this saying really mean? In googling it, different meanings referring to “the flow of happiness” come up, as well as going with the majority, and/or being agreeable to the conditions favored by most.
The way I have come to think of it, however is being able to relax in the energy of the world as it presents itself to you. In the Osho Zen Tarot deck, the Ace of Cups is titled “GOING WITH THE FLOW”, and features a figure floating in water imagery. You can see the water floating around them, and they are relaxing in to it, even going so far as to stick an arm behind their head in a classic relaxed pose!
I am also reminded of the importance of ‘going with the flow’ in other water-themed situations, like when dealing with riptides: “If you cannot swim out of the riptide, float on your back and allow the riptide to take you away from shore until you are beyond the pull of the current. Rip currents generally subside 50 to 100 yards from shore. Once the riptide subsides, swim parallel to shore and then back to shore.” (popularmechanics.com). It’s important to relax at first, because otherwise energy will be wasted. This, of course, contributes to the danger of the situation. So we use of heads, remember what is happening, and relax.
I’m also reminded of what can happen when we get slammed by a wave in the ocean. As surfers know, sometimes you just have to hold your breath and relax in to it as you get tossed and tumbled by the waves. Eventually, there will be a break between waves in which to pop up and catch a breath!
As I’m writing this, theme words are popping out at me. Words and phrases like: relax, waves, flow, energy. There is a lot of symbolic imagery that can be used for this time of change and transformation that is 2020, and let’s learn from it! Think of how you can relax into something, and take a higher perspective. Let’s all try to be a little more flexible and focus on taking the occasional collective breath as we ride these waves!
We’re in energetically stressful times, and as I’ve pointed out in my podcast “RVE For The HSP”, it is going to continue until Saturn completes its stay in Capricorn and moves into Aquarius in mid-December!
SO, until then, it’s important that we do our best to challenge ourselves to buckle down and work. This means doing things that we don’t necessarily WANT to do, but should anyway. It means parenting ourselves, and developing self-discipline (ugh). Not easy, but very important to be able to do.
Let’s just know that we’re not alone as we move forward with our personal goals, and as we try and try again. It’s all O.K.! Let’s keep trying; we create our lives and futures in moment after moment!
When recovering from an addiction or addictive behavior, it’s important to monitor times when we feel crappy, and do a check in regarding certain things: are we hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired? Generally, these can contribute to us feeling out of sorts, depressed, and grumpy.
I’d like to add another two: Energy? And Dehydration? With the first, we could have negative and heavy energetic residue that we need to clear out. I kind of look at it as ‘brushing’ our auras, and removing yuck that might be stuck to us! There are different ways to do this, so do your research and try it out. The second has to do with the fact that so many people are chronically dehydrated nowadays, perhaps more than ever with the extreme heat occurring. Make sure you’re drinking enough water (and clean water, too)! Otherwise, we can be very irritable and feeling yucky.
Taking personal responsibility to care for our heath on the most basic levels is very important as well as necessary. Keep it up!
During the Guidance Card portion of today’s podcast, two cards came out back-to-back of opposing energies: the 6 of Cups (titled ‘The Dream’ in Osho Zen), and The Devil (titled ‘Conditioning’ in Osho Zen). These cards are diametrically opposed to one another, and it matches yet again the opposing energies that have been regularly showing up in readings: stop / go, rest / move forward, etc.! These opposing energies are: good will, simple joys, innocence vs. negativity, corruption, coveting. This is nothing new, certainly. These opposing energies are as old as time, and being individuals with free will, we are regularly faced with them. I tend to think that unless one consciously works on shifting our ego issues, pain, and fear, then a negative mind set tends to be the ‘norm’–so keep on working toward thinking and feeling the positive!
The way I see it, it’s not naive or silly, it’s necessary. AND I have evidence in my own life that it reaps positive effects, so why wouldn’t we try to shift our minds to the positive? One way lays sickness, ill-health, and dissatisfaction, and the others lays well-being, healthy energy, and satisfaction. It’s a no-brainer!
In my podcast today, I admittedly went on a bit of a rant about the importance of understanding the true beauty of being a quality person in terms of accessing and shining our INNER LIGHT and LOVE.
It is far too easy to fall for the illusion that outer beauty and wealth makes an individual a ‘quality’ person, when really, what matters is what kind of people are they on the inside! Do they have an unhealthy ego / power trip? Are they mean and unkind? Do they focus on working on themselves to be better connected to God Energy? Are they humble? Are they ‘of service’ to others?
This is what matters. when it comes to being a beautiful person, first and foremost we must focus on the inner! Without that, even if someone has all the money in the world they can be decrepit inside; their foundation is built on rotting wood, and falling into a sinkhole within.
Let’s continue to connect with our inner lights and shine bright as we move forward into our best selves and best lives!
In my podcast today, I spoke a bit about the idea of our lives–and how we live them–to be our greatest works of art. There’s a quote from artist and writer Julia Cameron: “In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art.”
As we live our lives, some days will be better than others. Some days we will just feel crappier: more tired, depressed, anxious, etc. Ride ’em out–the next day is likely to be better. Remember to focus on what we can do to support ourselves in moving forward. This means keeping in mind that we are constantly creating our lives with our emotions, thoughts, and actions. How do you feel in your life? Continue to find healthy ways to de-stress and calm the mind. We are all in a time of feeling, dealing, and healing what no longer works in our lives, so let’s continue focusing on what we want!
This past weekend I recorded a special episode (#113, ironically) on the subject of fear. I am more familiar than I would like to be on the subject having lived life in an almost constant state of fear, and feel I’m in no way alone! We all have fear in our souls, minds, hearts, and even cells and brain neurons, and it’s time to heal it!
I’ve been thinking about the subject of past lives (the theory that one can bring past pain from another previous life with us into our present one). My fear can be so intense and specific, it truly makes me wonder if I have somehow lived through it before on some level in another lifetime!
One thing that is definitive is that fear that can be coded into our DNA from ancestral trauma. Also, traumas that occur before the age of five (as infants) can mentally and emotionally scar us and our subconscious! This is such a mind bender, because the whole meaning of ‘subconscious’ means that we aren’t aware of the trauma–we don’t even rememberit.
One thing that I can state with confidence is that growing up in a severely dysfunctional alcoholic household scarred me in an ongoing sustained way, and due to this my brain neurons laid down specific pathways. I’m no expert, but I do know that the electric impulses in our brain follow paths of habitual thinking. It stands to reason that if you consciously work toward changing your thoughts and the way you think, you change your mind and positively affect your emotions, actions, and life!
I also think that one’s body / mind might seek to support fearful thoughts due to an addiction to adrenaline: my chemical makeup has been filled with fear for so long, it’s become ‘comfortable’ in it (as strange as that sounds)!
This takes time and effort, but we must not be discouraged. I came to the conclusion that even if my deep fear is never fully healed, even if I still have occasional sleepless nights filled with dread and times in which I feel terrified, that is O.K. I am willing to accept that in exchange for feeling overall better, for experiencing glimpses of life without fear–for it is by having these moments that I can more easily get through the hard ones. My fear episodes are getting ‘easier’ in certain ways, and don’t last as long.
Remember, getting through fear episodes means using your ‘tools’, whatever they are: clearing your mind, conscious breathing, meditative techniques, energy work, prayer, sound therapy, eft / tapping, etc. There is a lot out there, so figure out what helps you.!
I intend to cover the subject of feeling, dealing with, and healing fear a lot more in the future, so as always, stay tuned for more. I appreciate you!
In today’s podcast, I talk a bit about one of my great mentors who died from adrenal cancer a few years back. She lived her whole life with a deep wounding, feeling that her mother did not love her. I have met others who have felt this pain, feeling rejected from either parental figure, or both.
It is of utmost importance that this is healed, because I tell you with complete certainty that not only were you meant to be born, but you are also a child of God / Universal Energy AND ARE LOVED, AND DESERVE LOVE. You are worthy. You have gifts and talents to offer to the world, so get to it! This deep wounding only serves to cause deep instability on a soul level, and really, who can live their best life with that as a foundation?
I have a theory that the key to healing this pain is our connection with God / Universal Energy. It is truly what heals all wounds, and with it we need nothing else other than food, water, and shelter. It is this great Love that is like the Sun symbol in the tarot, filling us with healing light, health, happiness, abundance and prosperity! From there, everything else is extra goodness: our relationships with others, how we move and interact in our personal spheres, etc.!
So strengthen your self-love today: listen to my podcast from this date to learn more about how!
This morning I’m thinking about light. Light is symbolically linked with truth, enlightenment, and healing (among others). It can be a disinfectant as well.
As we deal with and heal our personal muck and yuck, it’s important to remember to tend to our ‘inner’ light. It’s there, even if we aren’t aware of it. So we might as well work to keep it healthy and bright, so that it shines out into our lives and the world!
We can do this through calming the mind / meditation techniques (of which there are MANY), energy healing, chakra work, sound healing, visualizations, etc. I oftentimes picture myself enclosed in a healing chamber of sorts, surrounded by light, love, and energy for the Highest Good of All, Most Benevolent Outcome for All. Surrounded by and filled with the brightest of light disinfects all of the negativity in and/or around me!
And remember to stoke our inner lights on the daily: build our personal passion within that we then can use to focus on our healing and personal projects! With that, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite sayings. It was on a teabag from long ago, and I kept the little square of paper and covered it with clear tape to preserve it:
“Live light, travel light, spread the light, be the light.” Words to live by!