Nature & Energy Insights
Butterflies - Oh the magic!
Continuing with my gratitude for the many special moments out in nature in 2022, I often reflect on the diverse, colorful, beautiful butterflies I have met. Butterflies are pure magic. I can't claim to be the most knowledgeable on the species names or families, but I am a HUGE fan.
If you feel the butterflies calling to you this year, be sure to look out for not only the brilliant and large Monarchs and Swallowtails, but remember to look out for these tiny little ones too. You might just find, as I do, that they are the feistiest of the butterflies too - fighting with one another more than they're actually eating! I'm holding a vision of a spring and summer full of the beauty and color of our delicate winged friends.....
This month – with the intense energy coming into our planet, coupled with what can be an intensity around the holidays - I wanted to share with you the concept of an “Energy buddy” that can hopefully help you glide through this time of the year with more ease.
So just what is an “energy buddy”? It’s someone who can help us when we’re “in the storm”. Even as we are armed with knowledge about energy and how it impacts us so that we take better care of ourselves, we can still feel the effects. As with everything, our ability to handle more intense life challenges can ebb and flow. We may find ourselves slipping back into unconscious behavior such as frustration, bad eating patterns, and disempowered language (“I can’t..”, “I hate …”, “I’m tired of …”). But please don’t blame yourself if you find it happening to you. Did you know that when our central nervous system is highly stimulated that our brain actually narrows our view? Our creativity wanes, our perspective narrows, and we become more singularly focused, or even “obsessed” with the issues of the day/week/month. While the biology of it may seem complicated, the reason is actually simple when you think of the “fight or flight” response. When we’re in danger, our brain automatically helps us to F O C U S. After all, if we’re being chased, we can’t exactly stop to smell the roses. ;-)
our life. Visualize yourself getting out of your body and the immediate realities that you see right now. Instead, float 30,000 foot above your life and look from that perspective. One beautiful way to do this is through meditation. Turn on some healing crystal bowl music and sit in meditation for awhile.
Visualize yourself getting out of your body and the immediate realities that you see right now. Instead, float 30,000 foot above your life. What do you see about your life circumstances right now when you float above you with that fresh perspective? What are all of the good things that you see about your life? Who else do you see in your life that enriches it? Are there family members? Friends? Pets? Beautiful birds in your yard? Colorful flowers or trees? Allow yourself to linger there a bit. Find the other things in your life to treasure, appreciate and otherwise help return to a state of inner peace
Our “energy buddy” can also remind us of all of the great tools to calm us:
Even with the knowledge that I am armed with, I, too, have found myself weighed down by heavy “realities” bombarding my energy field. It was starting to take a toll on my central nervous system. I was reminded by a dear friend – one of my wonderful energy buddies – to remember to re-orient my energy. To focus on my love of flow, and not on negative feelings of obstacles. It was just what I needed to hear, at that very moment, to snap me out of it all. I honor her and all of my wonderful “energy buddies”. Remember that we are all teachers – ebbing and flowing, and changing the role from student to teacher and back to student with the changes in our lives. You can be this for someone as well as asking others to be this for you. It’s another beautiful way to care for one another with love and support.
As the Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season in the West approaches in a few months, it brings our attention to thankfulness, meant to be the centerpoint of the Thanksgiving holiday. But sometimes being able to focus on gratitude means we must first forgive. Of course, gratitude is something powerful to experience every day of the year – not just the holidays in our countries. Forgiveness can allow us to move on, fully able to experience and be open to the power of thankfulness anytime in our lives.
the ‘wrong’, or on the beautiful, lighter, positive that you can experience if you can find a way to let go…. The truth is, and you may have heard this many times in the past, it really does harm you - more than anyone else - to harbor these feelings. So in a way, this is about doing yourself a favor, helping you to heal this part of your heart that has been hurting from this.
A Forgiveness “Recipe”
When you feel ready to move forward, rather than staying stuck in the negative “energy soup” you may be unconsciously stirring or brewing, try this 3 step recipe:
First, set the intention that today is the day you’re going to forgive the person, situation, or incident – for your highest good. Know that it is the very best thing for you to lift out, resolve, and relinquish this negative energy from your body so that you may move forward, ‘lighter’, better able to reconnect with the fullness of your heart energy. Able to give fully of yourself again in situations, with people – family, friends. It's important to remember that sometimes things happen to be mirrors or reflections back to us about something we may need to take a closer look at. Sit in silence, uninterrupted, and go to the feelings that you have about the person, the incident, or the situation.
Second, try some automatic writing:
1) Is there something for my higher good that I am meant to see in this?
2) Is there something in a person’s behavior in this scenario that I’m meant to reflect upon in my own life?
3) Is there something about this situation that is meant to show up for me, to lead me to a change in direction in my life, a new way of seeing my life, or a new way of perceiving such interactions as potentially good for me, lessons for me, or otherwise for my highest good?
As you’re asking these questions of your soul, write down the first thing you get. The key to doing this type of exercise is not to judge yourself or question yourself about what is coming up. Rather, the idea is to focus on what is coming to you without holding judgment. What if every single thought coming to you right now is precisely what you need to ‘hear’/’see in order to progress in your life?
Third, if you'd like to do a quick exercise and watch how it helps shift the energy of the given situation, try this:
2. To help center and anchor yourself to the present moment, take a few deep breaths - inhaling deeply through your nose, and exhaling deeply through your mouth - as if pushing out all of that negative feeling inside of your body.
3. Now, feeling grounded and centered, imagine a little heart full of love flowing from your heart to the heart of that person. It doesn't matter if it feels silly, or with all of the anger or bitterness you feel, it doesn't feel 'honest'. That's ok - the idea is that you are taking the first step in letting go of some of these feelings that have been 'stuck'.
4. When you've completed this vision in your mind's eye, gently come back to the present moment and ope your eyes.
Over the next few days, notice if the way you view the situation 'shifts' - if the energy of it is moving, feeling 'lighter', less stuck, less 'charged'. Consider repeating it a few more times, noting over the following days and weeks if you feel it shifting for you.
While I use all of these tools, I can't tell you how many times I've used this latter exercise only to later have a conversation with the subject in the situation and notice the whole feeling within me has shifted. At those times, I feel lighter, the situation feels lighter, even inconsequential relative to the 'heaviness' the situation had previously felt to me. I love when that happens!
Going to your toolbox
Remember your other tools that are helpful in moving energy:
Pamela, Eyes4Nature's proprietor, enjoying life out in the field among the animals and the peacefulness of nature.