Ever since the troubling U.S. election results in November, I’ve been on a mission to find and hold the space of peace. I’d been heading toward a directional shift in my personal journey, a shift from searching out issues and beliefs to release to affirming the life I wish to live, including a lot of practice directed to holding a loving heart space and being peace. It’s taken me a while to realize how the external political events helped me to solidify my new direction. And how the new direction has changed my reaction to the external events…
The first several months after the election I kept to a regular metta (lovingkindness) practice along with singing the Gayatri Mantra and Om Shanti. Suddenly all kinds of materials about self love and finding peace began coming my way. Among several gifts I accepted was a free Louise Hay book which led me work through lessons involving her mirror work; I originally encountered it 30 years or more ago but didn’t do it.
I actually felt this was probably the first time I was ready for the work and in a position to really feel its impacts. Not a big fireworks kind of impact after 30+ years of seeking, releasing, transforming, etc., but a quiet shift into a more positive space and a warmer relationship with myself. I got another book on mirror work and plan to do those practices too.
A Patricia Cota-Robles video called to me and for something like 7 months I’ve played it as I go to sleep. The message feels powerful to me and expresses exactly the affirmations for our times that I want to live and propagate. Falling asleep to such a powerful message has been influencing my thinking and my reactions. I also was fortunate to have a chance to see Patricia at an appearance here in Kentucky; the power of a whole group gathered in the name of love and peace felt amazing.
A Steve Nobel meditation on YouTube tapped me on the shoulder a number of times this summer and I’ve been slotting it into my various practices at least once a week since. Energetically I always feel a huge impact; one of the many things for which I can’t name a “real world” effect with a direct link but it feels amazing and as if it’s shifting me on an energetic level.
I first ran into the Solfeggio frequencies a couple of years ago but only recently looked more deeply into the story of these ancient tones that were trimmed from the annals of organized religion. Lots of recordings are available on Spotify, Amazon Music, and YouTube (I’m sure elsewhere, but those are the three I use) and I’ve been playing the tones for several hours a day for a while now. It’s another place where I can feel an energetic impact and can’t tell you if or what the precise effect on everyday life may be.
Perhaps the most important piece for me came from Facebook and my distress at the barrage of negative and mean-spirited posts flooding my “wall” for the first few months after the election. Initially I passed along some informational pieces as well, but as I grew more calm I felt I wanted a different tone altogether.
I began searching among the daily posts and then searching elsewhere on the web for positive news every day and passing along evidence of the many great things that are happening in the world if only we choose to look at them instead of being mesmerized by the negative.
Slowly I’ve been realizing this collection of peaceful and peace-loving activities has been moving me into a space where I can look at something outrageous #45 has done or at a piece bemoaning the probable end of the world and feel… nothing. Not numb. Not in denial. Just no longer moved by it.
When a friend thanked me for the positive tone I’ve been keeping on FB, I suddenly realized how happy it has been making me to seek out and pass along the news that speaks of a world full of amazing people doing amazing things every day. The total impact of all the ways in which I’ve been holding my focus on lovingkindness, peace and positive news has been to shift me. I now live in a place where I believe we are moving to the good and you can’t sway me from it.
No way to tell which of the many things I’ve been up to has had an impact but I like to thing the whole collection of practices and focusing on good news have combined to move me into this new place of calm certainty.
I believe much of what is happening is just part of the shift into a new world of compassion and peace. I believe in the essential goodness of humanity and in holding a vibrational space that helps to lift everyone into love and compassion. Where are you choosing to look? What space are you choosing to hold?
Next J2P post will explore healing whatever parts of us are held in thrall by negativity.