Coming Back To Life: Healing Through Crisis With Ritual + Action
October 24, 2017 at 11:09 am #1741
“Overcome any bitterness that may have come because you were not up to the magnitude of the pain that was entrusted to you. like the Mother of the world, who carries the pain of the world in her heart, each one of us is part of her heart, and therefore endowed with a certain measure of cosmic pain. You are sharing in the totality of that pain. You are called upon to meet it in joy- instead of self pity” – Sufi Saying
In the wake of more violent tragedies that have taken place in the United States, many of our readers have reached out to us for healing and energetic empowerment. The bombarding of graphic video content, the relentless media headlines, the racism and the chaos all becomes too heavy to hold. What we need now is healing: How can we help each other in time of crisis? is it through creating meaningful ritual? by protesting in the streets? or is donating money to just causes working towards the prevention of murder and the advancement of POC? we can’t give you any of those answers, because only YOU can decide where to begin to make those changes.
The Zen Poet Thich Nhat Hanh asked “What do we need to do to save our world?” his questioners expected him to identify the best strategies to peruse in social and environmental action, but Thich Nhat Hanh’s answer was this: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sound of the Earth crying.”
Healing starts within each and every one of us. “In despair work, we learn to uncover our pain for the world and we honor it.” Says Author’s Joanna Macy & Molly Young Of “Coming Back to life: practices to reconnect our lives, Our world” How can we do this?
Acknowledging our pain for the world (verbally or silently)
Validating it as a wholesome response to the present crisis
letting ourselves experience this pain
being able to express it to others
recognizing how widely it is shared by others
and recognizing that it is NOT “crazy” bu that it springs from our caring and connectedness.
GROUNDING & PROTECTION: A VISUALIZATION EXERCISE
To ground yourself: Visualize a ball of white energy inside the top of your head. This ball of energy is going to move down right through your body, as it moves down it collects all the negative energy that your body and your aura is already holding. So imagine that the ball of energy is like a magnet.
Move that ball of energy down through your head and into your neck. Gather all the negative energy to that magnetic ball of energy. Continue the energy down through the upper body, and into the lower body, absorbing the negative energy as the energy ball moves downwards. Into the legs and down into the feet. When the energy reaches the feet, you visualize roots growing deep into the earth. The negative energy is then going to be discharged into the earth where it will be neutralized.
Once all the negativity has been released, grow the roots further downwards, or outwards. Then from these roots draw up white or silver energy from Mother earth. Draw the white energy up through the roots and into the soles of your feet. Visualize that pure white energy moving up through your legs and into the lower body. Moving upwards to the upper body, then into the neck and head. Ask then that the energy be used in whatever part of your body, mind or aura that the energy is needed.
If you are feeling particularly vulnerable and need extra protection, Utilize this cleansing aura bath that can be practiced once a week, or daily.
QUICK FIX AURA PROTECTION BATH
You will need:
30-40 minutes of undisturbed time for yourself.
2 cups of sea salt
2 cups of White vinegar Or Apple or Lemon Vinegar
This is the easiest aura cleansing bath of all. Toss the ingredients into a tub of warm water and relax. Focus on releasing any negative thoughts into the water. You should allow yourself time to soak in the warm water for at least 30 minutes, and to allow the water from the tub to drain completely as you envision any negativity swirling down the drain and out of your bodies energetic fields . This recipe iscompletely effective as is, but feel free to add essential oils or herbs of your choice.
OVERWHELMING ANGER BATH
This bath should be used when our own rage overwhelms us and we need time to relax and re- focus.
You will need:
4 drops of cherry plum flower essence (Bach, Healing herbs, Pegasus)
Use either herbs or essential oils for this ritual bath. Whatever you have on hand or whichever you find the most soothing.
if you’re using herbs make an infusion using a fistful of each herb and add it to your bath.
If you’re too overwhelmed to go out and buy herbs, you may alternatively use 3 drops of the essential oilsin your bath. Essential oil of catnip exist it’s just marked sometimes with different names (i.e French Marjoram, catmint, mountain balm, or nepeta) do not use this during pregnancy, and if you can’t find it, just leave it out the recipe or supplement with any of the suggested protective herbs on our list.
Place the cherry plum drops under you tongue, or rub them into your forehead. these can be purchased at any health food orspecialty store including Co-Op.
You can add cherry plum drop into spring water in a spray bottle to keep on you and to cool yourself off.
Protective Herbs & Essential oils: Rosemary, Frankincense, Lavender, Sandal wood, Clove, Ylang Ylang, and basil.
Gems: Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Hematite.
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