The other day, whilst waiting for a bus in the early morning, I noticed a nip in the air and drew my light raincoat closer around me to ward off the chill. It wasn’t quite cold enough for gloves, but the temperature was certainly moving in that direction. Glancing up towards the treetops, I noticed that almost overnight, the leaves had changed colour and were cascading in their thousands onto the pavement beneath. Occasional gusts of wind stirred them up into eddies, whirling them around and redistributing them into orange, yellow and brown piles here and there. Across the road, the party shop was advertising fancy dress clothes for Halloween and fireworks for Guy Fawkes’ Night and I reflected upon the inevitability of the nights drawing in, shorter days and Christmas being just around the corner.
We’re into the season of change and what is happening in each of our lives will reflect that in some way, shape or form. The energy of autumn may stir us up like those gusts of wind and send us spinning around helter-skelter not knowing quite where we are. For some of us this will be exciting and joyous, but for others it’ll be scary and worrying. We may experience sudden flurries of activity where several things seem to be happening at once; or notice a desire within ourselves to throw off the old and bring in something new. We could experience being pulled out of our comfort zones and thrust into uncertainty and/or lack of security. We might feel the sadness of letting go of something treasured and familiar or enjoy a welcome sense of relief about finally releasing a burden we’ve been carrying around for some time. There may be a sense of either happy anticipation or a feeling of being slightly on edge. Or it may feel like a mixture of all of these things………..
At times like this, whether what’s happening is viewed as positive or negative, it’s important to remember to stay grounded because that will help to stave off any tendency to live too much in our heads. The mind is like a monkey, continuously swinging from one thought to another with endless agility. The more it jumps around, the more it stirs us up. Attempting to meditate may be almost impossible during times when the monkey is hyper-active. Trying to use relaxation methods may also be hard to do. So it’s good to have a few other techniques up your sleeve in case you need them!
Personally, my number one resource at any time when things are unsettling, distressing, challenging or uncomfortable is always EFT. I find this technique absolutely indispensable for all kinds of situations and I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you’ve learnt it, received it or got a book on it, do yourself a favour and PRACTICE it!! Give yourself a bit of space to do some tapping on whatever the situation is so that you can let go of any tension and bring yourself back to a calmer state of mind. The method is usually fast and effective and you’ll feel so much better afterwards!
Another thing I like to do is an energy exercise called “Heaven Rushing in”. This is one of Donna Eden’s marvellous exercises which she describes as being able to, amongst other things: “…. put you in touch with the sacred dimension of your life, infuse you with the knowledge that you’re not alone, and give you the odd comfort of realising that all you see is only a glimpse of the larger picture”.
If you have a garden, stand outside and take a few deep breaths. Place your feet a shoulder’s width apart and let your arms hang by your sides with your palms against your thighs. Allow yourself to connect your own energies with those of the earth beneath your feet. You are preparing yourself to make a sacred connection.
Now, take a deep breath, open your arms wide and bring them into the prayer position in front of your chest. Exhale.
Now, on another deep breath, lift your arms out to your sides in a big circle up to the level of your head with your palms facing upwards as if you were embracing the sky. Reach towards heaven as heaven reaches back to you. Imagine as you do this, that you’re pulling in all the strength, love and wisdom of the Universe. You’re touching heaven with your hands energetically and inviting the healing energies of the cosmos into your hands. Allow yourself to bask in the knowledge that you’re not alone and that you’re worthy of this blessing from the heavens.
Scoop this energy into your hands and bring it into the middle of your chest. There is an energy vortex there called “Heaven Rushing In” and you’re allowing “heaven” to rush into your heart drawing in all that wonderful, powerful, benevolent energy of the Universe. As you absorb all this beautiful energy, allow it to give you a glimpse of your true nature, and a peek into who you are in the larger plan. Even if you don’t receive guidance or inspiration at the time of doing this exercise, know that they will unfold for you in their perfect time.
If there’s a specific area in your body that needs healing, place your charged hands over that area and let the energies stream in.
Then when you’re ready, slowly bring our arms back and let them drop to your sides. Bring your awareness down to your feet and feel your connection to the earth again. Let that reinforce your sense of safety. Say to yourself “all is well” and repeat that three times.
If you don’t have a garden to do this exercise in, do it the park, or standing in front of a window looking out onto a green space if possible. And if you can’t do any of these things, do it at home with your eyes closed and IMAGINE yourself outside in a beautiful natural place.
Working with energy is simple and easy and you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel when you do this exercise.