If that Sounds Crazy, I Understand
When the KKK marches openly in a parade to celebrate the election results, and we hear about hate attacks happening by newly-emboldened racists after the election, there is good reason to fear.
And then, there's all the talk of nuclear power and the fear that we'll end up in a dangerous war. And that's just some of it, right?
In the first few days & weeks after the election, when I heard stories of people being accosted or hearing ugly things yelled at them at the store or while they were getting gas, I wondered if something would happen to me or to my son! And I felt really scared. There is good reason to feel that way! I know that.
Fear is a lower vibration. It could actually help you attract the very things you are afraid of, so you need a way to change your vibration, increasing it, so it is no longer a match for lower-vibration things like violence & hatred.
Though it may sound improbable, I am going to share several techniques I have used both to feel better, in general, and to feel & be safer. And wisdom about changing thoughts, beliefs & feelings. It's worth a try, right?
How to Feel Safer When Life Gets Scary
How would it feel?
Here are some exercises to try that I have done for years...
(1) Pray for protection & safety: you can ask your angels (for instance, Archangel Michael) or the divine in whatever way seems right to you. I have a daily spiritual practice & I have to say, I am clinging to it now more than ever. I spend more time praying & connecting with the Otherworld than I did before the election. Prayer is very powerful, no matter what your faith tradition is.
(2) Imagine white light surrounding you with love: this is a very high-vibration technique. See it starting above you & covering you completely.
(3) Imagine you are wearing an invisibility cloak: and one of my spiritual mentors, Athena Perrakis, suggests seeing yourself pull it closed or covering you completely.
(4) Imagine your house is surrounded: I picture being inside a tree. :) But clear your energy first.
(5) Pull in or withdraw your energy: if you're not an introvert, it may be harder to do this. Although my son is extroverted & he's done it so well, people bump into him. The idea is to sort of turn in on yourself.
I used to do it when I was a therapist in VA. My friend & colleague would walk from the building we worked in, and turn the corner to walk down the street when we went to lunch. And on the way back, invariably, someone's client would come up to us both to ask for something his/her therapist had refused. Rather than having to be a part of another long, drawn-out refusal explanation, I'd step back a bit & withdraw my energy & the person would forget I was there & maintain a focus on my friend. Every time.
But I'm not really sure how to tell you how to do it. I bet if you try it, though, it will work. :)
I'm not sure how many people will find my post-election survival kit posts who are not familiar with these kinds of spiritual techniques or spiritual practice, in general. I want to reach out to everyone who is hurting or scared, but I know my suggestions won't be a fit for everyone who sees them. And that's okay.
And while I am expressing my understanding that "you may be right, I may be crazy!" ;), let me share a few more ideas...
I have been avidly interested in & following info about the Law of Attraction, but until I listened to a video of Oprah interviewing Esther Hicks, there were some things that just weren't clear. But as I listened, this recent election & my unhappiness with its results, as well as all I have tried to do spiritually sense then, came to mind and stayed.
I really believe that you (whoever you are) might feel better AND be better able to help those of us who are hoping for change to happen quickly if you listen to this video. But just in case you don't, here is my summary of her expressed ideas...
(1) If you dream up & then activate something without resistance, it will happen quickly. Start w/ something small, like seeing someone wearing a blue shirt (etc.) so you can see that it works. Then, try for something you've been wishing for but with no success (yet.) Either way, take plenty of time to imagine it. Tell yourself a story about it.
(2) When you don't like the way you are feeling, reach for something slightly better. And she said that when Source (or whatever you call the divine) speaks to you, it is often going to sound like one step up from what you were thinking or feeling already. Because that's all you can hear right then. But if you follow that, the next thought/feeling will be better. Start where you are. What are you feeling right now? What would be an easy next step up?
(3) She told Oprah that the reason "best friend, Gayle" doesn't have a boyfriend yet is because she is wishing for one but thinking about the fact that she doesn't have one. Other books I have read about attracting love suggest believing he or she is out there and then, act as if that is real. Send happy thoughts to him, light a candle in his honor. Etc. So concentrate on & make yourself think about the wonderfulness of having what you want, not your exasperation about it not being here yet. For example, we want a different situation than what we currently have in this country. Let's imagine the change we want to see & celebrate that it's on the way. Light a candle for it. Make an intention for it.
(4) Every time you reach for a better thought, you move closer. You know the "where is it?" game where someone says, "you're getting warmer?" That's what she means. Just know you're getting closer and it's on the way. So in thinking about the election, we might be able to move from, "we're screwed!" to "maybe it won't be as bad I think," to "I think something will work out, somehow," to "I'm going to be alright!"
(5) Oprah mentioned watching The Wizard of Oz, because it's such a great encouragement that your power is within you & has always been there. You don't need the man pretending to be the Oz. So what about the Cowardly Lion? He had safety within. See what I mean?
(6) A belief is just a thought you keep thinking (like "I am safe!"), which means we can help ourselves change what we believe. I did that with self-criticism when I gave it up for Lent by making myself change what I said every time I caught myself doing it. If I was thinking, "I am unlovable & I always will be," I'd make myself say, "the truth is that people like me the more they know me & then they love me." So try creating a story that keeps you safe and tell it to yourself, or imagine it until you believe it.
(7) There's often a discrepancy between who we really are & who we are being in any given moment. If we can recognize that & move toward who we really are, who we came here to be, we will feel a lot better & also raise our vibration.
Okay, those are my notes from the video with Oprah & Esther Hicks, with little bits of my own interpretation, but if you listen to the video, you might hear things I missed. But this is enough to get you started.
But I offer them from the heart & hope you will try at least one, just in case it could help. :)
I love you guys!