By Loni Wise Reiki Master
“…I developed a talent for creating a significant occurrence of stress every couple of weeks and in some cases making the proverbial “mountain out of a molehill”.”
Igniting the flame doesn’t always seem to be the easiest thing to do however last week, the process really thrust some of us back into our bodies with a spark. You see, the last few months or even years for some of us, have been like wading through the mud…thick mud, like the swamps of sadness in The Never Ending Story. Much like Atreyu, I found that each step became this manifestation of intentional courage to continue the journey forward. The interesting thing about our humanness, is that after repeating these steps over and over again you become accustomed to the feeling of always having to push and continue on even when things slow down and do not require the heavy-footed steps life once did. The natural progression seems to be attracting more of what you have experienced to yourself and your situation. In other words, for my own journey, I developed a talent for creating a significant occurrence of stress every couple of weeks and in some cases making the proverbial “mountain out of a molehill”. This, I can tell you first hand, became quite taxing on my body, mind and spirit. It is like being drained of the ability to function fully and feel whole and complete. For me this was an old story of waiting for the other shoe to drop, only this time I vowed not to let it destroy me. I was going to take life by the balls and smile at every corner turned no matter the direction. This…Is…Exhausting.
“Although there is something to be said for handling life’s challenges, if you are using strength to avoid the emptiness which exists, you could lure yourself into a pattern which is not necessarily the healthier way.”
If you relate to any of this, it becomes important to know that you have a choice in all of this. You do not have to exhaust all of your energy trying to smile in the face of challenge, for the sake of being strong, courageous, or spiritual. Although there is something to be said for handling life’s challenges, if you are using strength to avoid the emptiness which exists, you could lure yourself into a pattern which is not necessarily the healthier way. Spirituality can be tricky in this way. It is easy to decide to welcome the challenges of life, accept that they happen and be solution oriented as often as you can. The trick is to be sure that within the solution, is the opportunity to feel and embrace all aspects which the challenge has brought to you. If you are experiencing a situation that would bring you down emotionally, and you have decided not to let anything get you down but in the process you omit feeling the emptiness left by the release of the lower energy, you are in avoidance. This can leave a void or a pocket which will either be filled by some energy you choose to push down, or will be left empty and without the love and light needed for you to flourish in wholeness.
“When you feel energy release it is often followed by a sense of relief, which then fades, leaving you with the void.”
Now, this is not to say that emptiness and voids are negative because they are not. There are times when it is great to have some space within to really look at your heart, your life, your situation and feel how to process it without the influence of additional filters and emotions which can sometimes hinder the process of getting clear. Emptiness often gets a bad rap for leaving a space unfulfilled, lonely, or lacking, but on the contrary, emptiness can often be a gift of deepened awareness. When you feel energy release it is often followed by a sense of relief, which then fades, leaving you with the void. It is not necessary to fill it immediately with anything other than love, although the urge may be to fill it with solutions and quick fixes so that you do not have to experience the sadness or pain left in the release. You may have experienced an emotional release before, from something that came on suddenly or had been building for a period of time. In that release, as it comes to a close, there is this sense of overwhelming peace where you look back and go, “whew, where did that come from…”, or “wow, that was a long time coming” and then you feel better for a time. This is the time that you invoke the practice of your journey by acknowledging what is gone and what is left as well as making the choice to not skip over feeling each piece of the process. It is from the energy that is left that you begin again.
Much Love and Blessings Friends!