New Year Dreams or Screams?
I glance across the Facebook newsfeed and see such a range of experience. Some feeling upbeat and raring to go, others in a state of overwhelm and paralysis, people demonstrating huge and arguably appropriate concern over the out of control fires in Australia, the pending crisis with Iran and America, our own messy political infrastructure here in the UK, whilst others still appear blissfully unaware and delighted to share their joyful moments recently spent with family and friends. I guess it is a widespread view of the whole of life and therefore can be expected to be somewhat scattered.
I say I “glance” at FB and this is the truth of it - my own current levels of sensitivity and strong feelings mean that any longer a look than a glance and I would definitely feel pulled off centre. I’m also aware that at this time of year especially, i.e. the Gregorian New Year, I feel completely out of sync with the energy of it all. Many of my dearest friends and wonderful comrades in the world of healing, health, transformation and coaching etc launch some great initiatives on the 1st of January, whereas I look on with hibernation eyes and draw myself further under winter’s duvet. Once upon a time I would have severely berated myself for this and attempted to force myself into action. Now-a-days I do still get a few niggles of discomfort but I also trust the felt-senses of the seasons and know that if I honour the natural flow, resting as much as possible now, that Spring and Summer will bring the light and vitality that is perfect for positive action.
So how to be with this incongruence and conflict?
being with what is ~ healthfully
I don't believe it serves us well, either personally nor at a more universal level, to simply pretend the struggles of life don't exist. Closing our eyes and ears and "transcending by avoiding" simply buries any difficult emotions and thoughts for a more powerful eruption later and can lead one into an ungrounded and dysfunctional state. Yet if we focus ONLY on struggles then we become swamped in a never-ending self-defeating spiral of negative thoughts feeding negative emotions feeding a negative approach to life which creates more negative thoughts and more negative feelings and on and on.
It seems to me that there are at least four stages (or four friendly anchors) that enable us to be with what is, and move in helpful directions, all the while creating, becoming and being the light for ourselves and for others who may be stuck in the cycle of negativity.
the Magic mantra
I’m currently keeping myself sane by using a beautiful mantra and meditation practice which I have been experimenting with. By weaving the Four Friendly Anchors into this practice I'm experiencing a new way of riding the waves and invite you to do the same if the negativity and struggles of life are weighing heavily.
The mantra is "Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad Sat Gur Prasad Ek Ong Kar" and is known as the "Magic Mantra" because it's effects are felt immediately and have the power to completely reverse negativity. Now there are ways to practice this with so much power that it comes with a warning (one such way being the Gutka Kriya). We are cautioned to be sure to be feeling reverent as we enter this meditation, (i.e. prepare a sacred space and be humble before Source/God); and also know that the vibrations continue to magnify your mental state after the practice so you will need to keep your mind focused on how you desire life to be, as opposed to focusing all that is wrong in the world. There is a warning offered by Yogi Bhajan that the Magic Mantra can backfire and cause harm IF it isn't approached with great respect.
And while I would always encourage one to create a sacred space and be respectful when utilising ANY ancient practice; my experience so far in using this mantra in the way described below is that it has only produced wonderful relief from heaviness, and the movement into a positive and optimistic state of mind & being. It IS good practice though, following any meditation, and maybe especially after one such as this, to spend the next few minutes at least reflecting on and projecting forward only high, happy and positive thoughts.
It is also VITAL practice when engaging with anything to be your own guide, recognising your own power and sovereignty to take good care of you throughout. If you choose to experiment with the meditation below, please step out of it and stop should you notice any ill effect. Feel most welcome to contact me should you need to talk about what you have experienced.
Enjoy exploring and let me know how you get on by leaving a comment!
Reverse Negativity & Dream in The New World