Sometimes I find that I’m going along just fine and then it feels like a whole dump truck’s worth of logs is dumped on top of me. Rarely, are they as neatly stacked as the pile in this photo, but often rather feel like an overwhelming load of stuff as been heaped on top of me. “Flattened!” “Can’t get up!” “How to proceed?” These are some of the thoughts that come flooding into my mind. I have however, learned a few coping strategies that help me maintain some semblance of balance and grounding in my life.
One of them is the realization that another thick layer of stuck energy has loosened and surfaced for me to heal. Most of the time, I can see the latest “trials” as actually a gift, as at least I don’t have to go looking for what needs to be healed next. There it is, right in front of my face. While I usually had not planned on the “overwhelm” at the particular time that it arrives, when the event has passed and life had returned to some semblance of normalcy, I can see that there were all kinds of little signs along the way that I had chosen to ignore. So, instead of dealing with the issue at hand when it was small, I waited until it was so big that I had no choice. While I am getting better at dealing with things when they’re small, there are still some issues that I foolishly try and stuff under the carpet. You’d think I’d learn by now that they won’t stay under the carpet for long!
Sometimes, the emotions that are coming up are too big to deal with the whole issue head-on. At those times, I just allow them to wash over me, and don’t even try and use any technique to deal with them. So, say the “emotion du jour” sadness. I just let myself be in the sadness as best I can, and don’t even try and think about what’s bringing up the sadness. If even being immersed in the issue is too much, I’ll imagine myself backing up from it as if it were a physical object (usually a big wad of dark, twisted strings). When I reach a point far enough away from the issue that I can be feel myself breathing, I stop backing up and wait there, and let the emotions wash over me . Pretty quickly, I’ll just find myself closer to the issue without having to do anything to move myself. I find that the Universe has a way of letting us be with as much as we’re capable of being with if we’re open to doing so.
I’m rather proud of myself for the skills that I’ve been shown and embraced the past few years as I’ve advanced along my spiritual path. Instead of stuffing issues, I am learning to deal with them before they get too big. When I forget, the Universe gives me more than ample chances to practice the techniques that I use for myself and my clients. It’s all about trusting and surrendering, trusting and surrendering, trusting and surrendering the illusion of control that by now, you’d think that I would have engrained in me, is indeed, just an illusion.
How do you deal with the trials and tribulations that Life throws your way? Which ways do you have of recognizing that something is impending so that the issue doesn’t get too big?
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