The main reason I’ve been absent so much from blogging has been the unwinding face muscles. Not just the unwinding itself, but the huge transition it’s creating have been diverting me from the keyboard.
So many people have been puzzled about what I mean by unwinding, I decided one day while it was in full yanking and tugging mode to grab my phone and record. What you can see on the surface is really just the tip of the iceberg and I wish I could figure out how to describe the multitudes of things going on in the muscles underneath.
All the contortions are driven by what’s going on in the muscles and for the most part out of my control (I can clench down hard and force it to stop but that’s not something I can or want to do routinely, especially since it re-creates some of the knots and tension already released). When this decides to start happening it just takes over.
The good news is my face, head and neck are becoming slowly but surely free of tension, clenching, pressure, etc. Periodically significant pieces open and I feel a new level of “wow, my face can feel like this?” Those moments are the blessing in all this that keeps me able to tolerate it. Not to mention my eternal optimism 🙂
Nonetheless I thought it might help make the process clearer if I showed you. Imagine this going on for hours a day — sometimes as much as 18 or all 24 — and perhaps you can see why I say it stops so much of my life. Why I can’t sleep. Why I’m so tired. Why I often can’t concentrate to write or meditate… I’m not anxious for this to wind up all over the place so in about a week I plan to take down the video and probably this post.
I’m actually going to write something one of these days 🙂 but in the meantime, this message is just about what I want to say right now — and put so well!
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
A definition of happiness:
“Happiness is the process
of creating and experiencing
good feelings, in your body and mind,
moment by moment by moment.”
~Michael Neal, Feel Happy Now
A definition of joy:
“Joy is the emotion evoked by
well-being or by the prospect of
possessing what one desires.
Delight is the expression or
exhibition of such an emotion.”
~Dr. Christiane Northrup, The Power of Joy
“Many events will transpire in which your conditioned response is to feel bad. Be aware of these outer incidents, and say the five magic words: I want to feel good. In that precise moment, ask yourself if feeling bad is going to make the situation any better. You’ll discover that the only thing feeling bad accomplishes in response to outer situations is to plummet you into…
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Once again I’m late putting up my post for the We Are the World Blogfest. I always love to hear tales of people with big hearts and I especially enjoy hearing about wealthy people who choose to give away large portions of their fortunes, so this story of a Norwegian billionaire giving a large part of his fortune to clean up the oceans warmed my heart: http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2217/Norwegian-Billionaire-Gives-Away-His-Fortune-To-Help-Save-The-Oceans
Hosts for the blogfest: Belinda Witzenhausen, Carol Walsh,Chrissie Parker, Damyanti Biswas, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Kate Powell, Lynn Hallbrooks, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Rich Weatherly, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott, Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath
In this time of transition both for earth and in my life, I’ve been pretty silent on this blog. Kind of hard to describe the fogginess that overtakes me every time I try to write up some thoughts… A lot has been going on so I thought I’d do one of my catch-up pieces about this and that.
I’m still pondering the “what am I here for?”, “what’s next?” questions that have been looming for quite some time. I’ve been seeing how lots of seemingly unconnected steps along my journey are adding up to a greater whole for some time. But lately I’m realizing it probably stretches on back to my politico college days and the studies I did on government and power (I’ll catch you up on that in a future post). I still keep seeing a guide book on peaceful activism but I keep feeling there are more pieces to put together first and I’m prepared for change to march me in a different direction…
The last few months have seen some significant, if slow, progress on the unwinding front. The deep, deep places in my face that are opening now are connected to patterns throughout my body and the opening is leading to huge energy flows. The huge runs of energy have a lot to do with my inability to pull together coherent thoughts and also interfere with sleeping.
I’m hearing that big energy shifts and downloads and weird physical things are happening for lots of folks as this is a big time of transition so I’m guessing it’s pushing my healing process along as well as impacting other levels of transformation.
This last weekend seemed to mark a moment of big shift. On Friday I whacked my left elbow into the edge of a towel bar which has had it black and blue and, initially, swollen. The next day, some spilled suntan oil in a store left me splatted on the ground, smashing my left knee and wrist as well as banging my left hip. By Saturday night I had puffy, black and blue elbow, wrist and knee.
Having learned that it really helps to do the triggers of release work after an accident, I did a number of those exercises Saturday night. I started experiencing pops and opening at way deeper levels than the accident could possibly have reached that quickly. It reminded me of another fall, after which Body Patterning practitioner Hanna commented on picking up the feeling that I needed the fall to crack some things open. That’s exactly how this has felt.
Not only did things begin to open more deeply that night, but it has activated a lot of opening in those last, intertwined pieces in my face — the root stuff that has been slow and resistant to opening. Now, I could do a lot of exploring about some message from particular places I injured (or look it up in Louise Hay 🙂 ) and I do find it interesting all the injuries were on the left (feminine) side, but I’m satisfied that cracking open was the point.
How long? how long?
Over the years I’ve often circled back to wondering why this healing process is taking SO long. I first realized there were massive problems with my muscles and my health over 30 years ago. I’ve practiced yoga, spent tens of thousands of dollars on body work, created a new exercise series for it and done countless of hours of energy practices not to mention the affirmations, prayers and visions…
While I’m aware there have been many lessons and I’ve learned a lot about my body I’d never have known without this long slow process, I’m again at a point of saying to the Universe, “Enough. I’ve had enough.” Way past the point of getting what benefit there could possibly be to 30+ total years and something like 12 years of just getting the muscles in my face and head sorted out. Enough. Not that saying “enough” seems to affect the Universe… 🙂
Love and Compassion
Meanwhile, still working at love and compassion and ever more convinced the answer for these times is to be love, be peace, be compassion. I posted a Patricia Cota-Robles video a while back in which she leads a meditation basically for healing all humanity and bringing love to the world. I’m posting it again below, just to make it easy if you’re interested. I play it on my tablet as I go to sleep most every night and I love it.
Got to see Patricia in person at one of her free events last Sunday, which was SO lovely! And I’ve been making my way slowly through a Ram Dass on line retreat involving videos from a real world workshop on transforming negative emotions. Good stuff.
Still chanting as well as seeking out videos and workshops focused on the issues so dear to my heart.
The BeZine folks always have some great content. How could I not pass along a whole issue about Waging Peace (LOVE that phrase!)?
Later today I’ll post the responses from readers to last Wednesday’s writing prompt, which is usual every Tuesday. Meanwhile . . .
In December 2015 world events led to a spontaneous eleventh hour special section – Waging the Peace – in The BeZine, which I edit. This seems a propitious moment to bring to the fore once again those ideas, ideals and experiences shared with us by Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill, Rev. Ben Meyers, Father Daniel Sormani, C.S. Sp., Sophia Ali-Khan, Israeli-American poet Michael Dickel, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi. Thanks to all of them and to Carla Prater, the assistant director of Buddhist Global Relief for their contributions to this collection and their assistance. I’ve included links to each of the features in table of contents for Waging the Peace that is below the following introductory remarks.
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