Thanks so much to Austin Wyse, presenter of our incredible Tap into Emotional Freedom workshop, for his reassuring words which will help us through these past unsettling days and on into the future. His advice is spot on, so let’s all try to follow it.
- Understand that nothing EVER stays the same. Everything is transitory, everything comes and goes. As Heraclitus said ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.’ The only real choice we have in life is how we respond to change.
- Remember that change is a process . It is very easy to get stressed at the first mention of anything that is new or different without allowing a process to take place. For example you could wake up tomorrow morning to find out that a decision has been made to close the company that you work for and completely loose your state of mind over it, only to wake up the next day to get a job offer which will give you so much more than your previous employment. Allowing things to unfold brings inner peace.
- Be mindful of attaching to illusions. Buddha taught us that everything in the external world is an illusion and to attach to illusions makes us deeply unhappy. Most people don’t understand this, because if someone stubs their toe on a door frame, they would most probably proclaim quite loudly that the door frame was not an illusion and they would be right. However the illusion would be how the person reacts to stubbing their toe, you always have the choice whether or not you attach yourself to the illusions of the external world.
- Protect yourself from the fear virus at all costs . When we go into a place of fear which often happens during times of change, we trigger our nervous systems which is not a good state to be in for optimal health and well-being. Our hearts beat faster, our blood thickens, our immune systems are compromised etc etc. I’m sure you can think of at least one experience where you were with someone who was in a state of fear or panic, either on a minor level or a monumental level. That person’s energy in those moments is contagious (unless you are very mindful of not getting drawn in). Now imagine millions of people being programmed to be in a state of fear all at the same time. Fear spreads like a virus and makes people very compliant and easy to manipulate.
- Look within. If there are situations or people in the external world that are making you unhappy, use them as a mirror to find out more about yourself. If you are on the path of self development you will be familiar with the truth that ‘All Is One’ so a good exercise to try if you are brave enough to understand that truth at a deeper level is to pick the world leaders you admire and dislike the most (the Dalai Lama and Donald Trump may be popular examples) and then explore in what ways they may or may not be alive in you.
“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.” ― Lao Tzu