The Collective Unconscious

The collective unconscious is made up of the energy of ancient emotions and memories– fear, anger, anxiety, traumas from all of human history, built up over thousands of years. It is like a floating cloud of fog a person can get lost in without knowing it.

So much has changed for you humans since time began. Living conditions have gone from rude shelters made of stone, grass or wood to comfortable lavish and beautifully furnished homes with climate control at the touch of a button. Infections and disease that once killed millions have been eradicated or contained.

Yet, the emotions that affect the bodies, hearts and minds of humanity are exactly the same as they were at the beginning of time, when humans began their do it yourself improvements otherwise known as civilization.

Think about this! The energy vibrations of fear anxiety, despair, grief, and loss from an ancient war can still resonate with the conditions of your world and your life today.

They resonate with your current emotions because the energy of those old emotional clouds match exactly the frequency of the newly generated emotions. In this way you tap into the sea of emotional fog left behind by all who’ve come before.

These vibrational frequencies are part of the collective unconscious, the legacy of your ancestors and your history here on earth.

When you are overwhelmed by fear and anxiety and it feels too huge for one person, you may have tapped into the collective unconscious, Do not allow yourself to drown in the ocean of despair left behind by your ancestors.

Find a new emotional frequency that brings you contentment and peace; one that allows you to focus on the challenges of your life and to heal them with love and the inspired action. This will help you extricate yourself from the sea of fog.

Focus on those thoughts, actions and beliefs that help you feel better!

These ancient and heavy burdens are not yours to carry. You can contribute new thoughts new insights new ways of being and acting to the web of life.

This will lift you up beyond the clouds of left-over fear and reweave the web of life and bring light to the collective unconscious.

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You are a powerful being!

Do not underestimate the power and reach and strength of your energy field. You are beings of light. All living creatures here on Earth are beings of light!

Grandmother Cottonwood

While many humans cannot see this light and energy, it is the most powerful influence in the connections and interactions between living beings.

Think of it as your energy atmosphere.

When you are relatively clear of emotional baggage, rooted to the earth, centered in your body, and aligned with source, you emit a powerful signal in the energetic web of life in which all things are connected.

Your energy follows your focused intention and connects where you choose.

This is how distance healing works, this is how prayer works, this is how synchronicity works.

Use your power wisely and well. When you use it in kindness and love to uplift and heal, the benefits and blessings come back around to you with synchronicity.

Line up your heart and mind to your desires, and let your aura expand.

Know you are worthy, know you will feel wonderful and your soul will be satisfied and blessed.

For empaths

Are you feeling the weight of the anxiety and fear you’ve inherited from your ancestors, that you pick up from your neighbors, friends, people who drive by your home, customers in the store you’ve entered, in the library stacks just opposite you, those closed in with you on the plane…

Do you soak in the anxiety and fear from the news, feel the victim’s pain, the anger, fear, and outrage the media amplifies?

Virginia Creeper

Your true light is dimmed by the clouds of stuffed emotion you pick up from others as an empath.

Dear ones, it is not your job, your responsibility or your duty to take on and feel the feelings of any others! You are to live your life, not that of others. It is your job to feel your own feelings, to to know yourself and shine your light.

When you strengthen the tapestry of your aura and ground your energy to the earth, it will be easier to filter out the random energies of others. When you discern the energy you are feeling is not yours, ask it to drain into the Earth for recycling.

If you feel it is important, you can teach those close to you to begin to feel their own emotions. Where do they show up in the body? Describe the sensation in the body. What sense is activated? Name the emotions if possible.

This is a new skill for many, so patience is called for. If it is too overwhelming, they may need a healer or therapist.

If your family, friends, loved ones cannot or don’t want to learn to feel their own feelings, remember, it is not your job to do it for them! Perhaps they will eventually be ready to heal, but do not hold your breath.

Grandmother Cottonwood

Maintain energetic and emotional boundaries and keep yourself clear and whole. This is your mission above all else.

In this way you help keep our world healthy and allow your light to shine to the full extent.

Are you ready for healing?

Healing means a change, a movement toward wholeness in your life. Healing means letting go of old stale harmful beliefs, self harming thoughts, energy patterns that no longer keep you safe or comfortable.

Healing means trusting and stepping into the unknown from the well-worn, the comfort zone, the tried and tired old ways of being.

Painted lady butterfly on red zinnia

Healing means gathering your courage, looking honestly at your life and facing facts, then realizing you can transcend and grow and release what seems to hold you back, what seems a bedrock fact of your life.

You can hold a vision for what you want your life to become and begin your movement toward that, one step at a time. There is no need to rush! Hold your vision to your heart. No one can take it from you!

Healing is letting go, healing is allowing yourself to open to new possibilities and ideas and visions that harmonize with the core of who you really are. Healing brings your true self into focus.

Healing is not the same as curing. They are two separate things. Curing means the abolishment, the erasing of illness or disease. Healing is the movement of your spirit, heart, and mind toward your own clarity and light.

Healing is a gentle opening to your wise and true self, a letting go of all that blocks your spirit. If you are alive on this planet, in a body, you can heal.

A healing practice

First, gently allow your body and mind to relax, breathing deeply, letting yourself sink comfortably into your chair or bed or mat…

Now, imagine the crown chakra at the top of your head, gently opening and beautiful liquid-like golden light from the divine pouring into and through you like water.

Grandmother Cottonwood

Feel it pouring down through the energy center, filling every cell of your body, every organ, every nerve and blood vessel, every bone and muscle, every ligament, every skin cell…every microscopic connection between cells… Imagine the beautiful light filling them all effortlessly with its cleansing healing power.

Imagine and see and know this amazing healing light filling you from head to toe displacing and sending all heavier energies away, letting them drain through your feet into the Earth for recycling.

Now when light reaches your feet, pause a moment to enjoy the feeling. Then let it begin to fill your aura from your feet to your head, permeating every particle of your energy with liquid golden light.

Allow this light to assist in weaving your aura together in a beautiful tapestry that draws in life affirming energies and filters out all incompatible energies and those that belong to others.

Now, sit with this light and let it circulate from your head to your toes slowly and thoroughly throughout your entire body, then from your feet to your crown through your aura.

This is the light of the divine. Feel it, know it, experience it. Let it heal you and bring you peace.

Grandmother Cottonwood, summer moss

When you feel complete with this practice, give thanks, then tap your cheekbones, the center of your chest and rub the bottom center of your feet near the big toe joint. Let yourself come back to the here and now.

Contentment

Can you allow yourself an hour or two of contentment each day? If that seems like a tall order, how about 15 minutes?

A few minutes, an hour or two of simply feeling at peace with your life, letting go of wanting something you don’t have, letting go of striving for the next goal, letting go of pushing ahead, letting go of forcing things to happen, will bring a refreshing new serenity to your life.

Grandmother Cottonwood

The energy frequency of contentment ripples through the web of life bringing more peace to all living beings on this earth.

Contentment is living in the moment. It is bringing your awareness to the here and now and knowing that life is good, that you have everything you need for this hour, that in this moment and the next and next, all is well.

For this hour of contentment, there is nowhere you have to go, no one you have to meet, nothing you have to do unless it contributes to your happiness.

When you know contentment, your body mind and spirit feel calm, relaxed, and satisfied. Can you give yourself this precious gift?

Getting grounded

Is your brain sometimes like a ping pong ball, bouncing all over the place without focus, shifting from topic to topic at warp speed? Does it leave you without clarity or focus?

This can happen if you are not grounded.

Grandmother Cottonwood

Some of those who walk past me are connected to Earth energy. They feel stable, supported, solid, fully in their bodies and in the present. Others who walk past seem floaty, disconnected, living in their heads, in the past or future.

You are the boss of your own life! You are in command of your energy! You can focus your energy including your thoughts. You too can be grounded and fully present in your body. It’s easy!

Begin by imagining yourself sending down roots deep into the Earth and pulling up Earth energy that will anchor and stabilize your own energy and help you focus with clarity on what you choose. For a child, pretend you are a tree and send down your roots.

Two more easy ways to ground yourself : Use a stainless steel spoon and rub the bottom of your feet; Walk barefoot on the grass, garden soil or a beach. ( If you can’t do this, try just sitting in a chair with your bare feet on the earth.)

Let your grounded self then align with source and this alignment will create clarity and focus and fresh new energy flowing through you, displacing the stale energy of the past.

Clear the clutter

Physical clutter can keep you hemmed in with dirty clothes, food and drink containers, plastic bags, old newspapers, endless knick-knacks gathering dust, unused flower pots, old magazines, boxes of old possessions…

but clutter can be more than various piles of stuff filling your homes…

Clutter can also be random thoughts piling up in your head and swirling around, keeping you stuck, in an energetic haze of stale emotions that can build up in your energy field like clouds before a thunder storm. Emotional clutter can block your joy, keeping you stuck in the past.

Prairie grasses, cloudy sky

Clutter can overtake your calendar with too many unimportant time wasting activities, leaving you no space or time to rest, keeping you rushing around and off balance.

I ask you to clear the clutter in all areas of your life! This is for your health and the health of the planet!

When you clear the physical clutter, you make new space for air and energy to circulate and new spaces to rest your eyes and your brain.

When you clear the time clutter on your calendar, you make time for yourself to rest, relax and breathe.

When you clear the clutter in your mind, you make room for connections with the divine, fresh creativity, for new supportive and uplifting thoughts and feelings to take root.

There is no need to overthink your clearing of the clutter in your life, no need to get it all done immediately. Just begin by clearing what is not needed in one small area of your home, your schedule, or your mind.

Clear what is no longer compatible with who you are, what seems unnecessary, or excess or unessential. Ask for help and support if you need it.

You are the “housekeeper” in all areas of your life- physical, emotional, spiritual and mental. You choose what to keep in your life and what to release.

Anxiety

Dear ones, do you feel anxious and overwhelmed? Is this your go-to vibration, the default setting for your life?

Let me tell you something… When you feel anxious your energy vibrations are broadcast to others around you on the frequency of anxiety, otherwise known as the fearful network.

Anxiety can spread like a virus as others feel the vibrations and absorb them. Others around them may sense the anxiety and perhaps take it on, broadcasting it as well. This can cause a cascade effect in the web of life, a distortion in the energy of many thousands of people.

This anxiety virus makes so many lives less than they might otherwise be, causing unhappiness constriction, a dimming light and power, a fearful outlook. Is this what you want for your children and your loved ones?

You can learn simple energy techniques (here’s one) to center, balance and bring harmony to your life. You do not have to live this way!

There is help available! Ask for help from your medical doctor, counselor, energy healer, shamanic practitioner and other trusted healers and helpers.

Let nature heal you as you breathe in the fresh air, rest under a spreading tree, walk along a beach, with nothing but the rolling waves and wheeling birds for company.

We are all filaments connected in this great web! Our energy vibrations affect each other.

When you calm yourself and your vibrations, you heal the world and help create a more peaceful planet for all beings.

Betty’s note: You can find many simple energetic calming techniques on YouTube. I like those from Donna Eden.

GCW as healer: A Shamanic Practice

Dear friends, rest here awhile in the shelter of roots at my base. Can you imagine yourself laying among my roots, on the cool Earth? What do you feel? What do you see, smell and hear as you take shelter with me?

Grandmother Cottonwood – winter afternoon

Feel the Earth energy permeate your body as my roots draw it upward from deep in the earth. My roots are deeper and wider than you can imagine!

Let yourself feel her energy, anchoring, filling, healing, and energizing you. Know the feeling of belonging, of home.

Gifts from Grandmother Cottonwood

Now as you soak in the energy of home, letting your mind rest and your body be one with the earth, let yourself feel the energy of sky and stars fill and permeate your being as I gather it in from my leaves, buds, twigs and branches, channeling it down through my trunk to fill you with light and life force.

Let the light that fills you be in the color most needed for you at this time. It may be any color of the rainbow, bright, clear, jewel-like. Become one with the gorgeous color. Allow yourself to dissolve into it. It might be a deep electric blue, the rosy pink of sunsets, or whatever color your spirit has chosen for you.

Now let the energies, the colors and vibrations of earth energy and heavenly energy fill every cell of your being, bless you, energize you, and heal you.

Rest here in this peaceful place as long as you wish, experiencing and bathing in the peaceful healing energy of earth and sky.

You can revisit my sheltering roots whenever you need peace and renewal.