Does your mind outpace your body? Do you feel spacey and disconnected?
If your mind races ahead and leaves your body behind, you are living in the future and forgetting the present; neglecting your grounding in the here and now, your need for earth energy, for your full and complete presence in this time and place. Don’t jump or skip ahead!
Red wing blackbird on a breezy day
If your body rushes ahead and leaves your mind in the dust, you are living in the past ; disembodied, perhaps getting yourself into situations that do not serve you well. Perhaps you feel stuck.
Can you bring your body mind and heart together and concentrate all your focus in this moment? Can you keep it together?
The present is where your power lies! When all of you is in the present. This is the state of flow, where you are plugged into your power supply – All that is – and you have access to boundless energy.
Here’s a practice for you to help you pay attention to what is now. Choose one of the 5 senses: feel, taste, touch, smell, sight. Focus for a few minutes on only that information coming into your body and mind through that sense.
Can you narrow your focus that much, aligning body and mind and balancing your consciousness in this point in time? Can you gather all of yourself, your scattered energy, thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and know your wholeness?
In this way, you train yourself to be wholly present, to empower yourself and tap in to amazing energy!
Over the years of your life, energy, inspirations, emotions, feelings, ideas, thoughts, fears that you block and deny and push down have nowhere else to go but to stay in your energy field. The energies that makes up these thoughts get stuck, build up and accumulate like heavy storm clouds.
Storm clouds and prairie grasses
If you are sensitive, you feel the extra weight, the heaviness. Does it hold you back, press you down like a weighted blanket, a back pack full of stones?
It is not your work to carry this weight. You can clear and release it with patience, courage, commitment.
Foreign substances in your body will not solve the problem, will not clear the clouds, but only allow you to pretend for a short time.
Tap into your emotions, the buried ones, the old and stale ones, the emotions that flash through when something triggers you. You must focus and feel the emotions within you. You do not have to react to them. Simply feeling and acknowledging is enough.
The emotion is not you, it is energy that is meant to flow through you. I am telling you, you can feel better!
Find help if the emotions feel overwhelming. It is like learning to walk, learning to read. This is a life-saving skill you can learn, and it will set you free.
Your roots will hold fast during the storms of life when the wind rises and the rains pour down. Your roots hold fast when you fear for your life or health.
When the thunder cracks and lighting blinds you, your deep roots will keep you upright. Bending with the wind will keep you from breaking. You will weather this storm and the next and the next for there will be more. It is the nature of life.
Your deep roots allow you to stretch to your full height and reach, to feel and know your belonging to this earth in this place and time without fear of toppling over, breaking, or blowing away.
Our roots, the roots of all growing things interweave and stitch together the soil, the stuff of life that feeds your planet and makes your existence possible. From the deepest taproot to the tiniest microscopic thread searching for water, roots hold your world in place with love.
Billions of roots hold the soil. The multitude of grasses, the flowering beauties that return year after year, those rooted organisms you call weeds, the magnificent trees of our beloved planet all anchor our soil, forming a vast web of interconnection… Call it love!
Honeysuckle and ash tree
The web of roots anchoring this abundant life mirrors the energetic web of all things, invisible to most, yet permeating and connecting all things in exquisite perfection. No word or thought or feeling of any human can be separated from this web. They are the stuff of the web.
The energetic vibrations of your feelings, thoughts and words announce you and create an energy pattern, unique to you. Others might not see this, but they can feel and sense it.
Your energies and vibrations join with those of others and yet others, and still more, creating intricate patterns and possibilities one alone could not dream of.
Just as the mighty roots of a cottonwood intertwine and interweave with the roots of other trees, grasses, weeds, and wildflowers, so do your thoughts and words interweave with the feelings, thoughts, and words of others. In this way, you are all connected at the energetic level… Some call it spirit.
When despair or sadness come over you, take a walk – find a tree and sit at her roots, lean against her trunk.
Grandmother Cottonwood, morning sunlight
Now see yourself rooted deeply to the earth. Nothing can topple you. You are flexible and you sway gracefully with the wind, safely and securely anchored.
With the tree’s help, you can release the feelings that drag you down, and know yourself as a powerful being!
Let the despair, the fear, the grief you feel drain into the sweet earth where these energies will be transmuted, neutralized, and healed. Let your feeling be carried down into the earth on your out breath, through the trees roots – for your energies intermingle and become one.
Now imagine breathing earth energy up into your roots and bringing it into your lower body. Allow it to fill you with its calming and peaceful frequency. Allow the gentle tree energy to clear and renew you.
Now with your roots firmly planted, let your energy rise and expand with the trunk, branches and crown, taking in the sunlight and joy of living in this place at this time. Divine energy will fill your being as you allow it to pour through you.
Know the peace, solidity, awareness, and love of your chosen tree. Breathe healing energy from above and below as you merge and experience for a few moments what it feels like to be a column of light, rooted to the earth and reaching to the heavens.
Beloved ones… Love yourself as never before. Give yourself the care, the attention, the nurturing and compassion you would give to your best friend or loved one.
Stand tall: Cottonwood
Dearest, you may not have gotten the care you needed to thrive in earlier days, but you can supply and become your own ideal mother or father and give yourself what they could not. You can cease your hungry striving after an elusive “love” that is “out there” somewhere and discover it within your heart’s own capacity.
Build the muscle of self love as you give yourself kindness, as you pay attention to how you feel, as you accept your feelings without judgment, as you gradually wean yourself from critical self talk and mean expectations, as you simply allow yourself to be who you are- imperfect and human.
Beloved, in your imagination see yourself as your own loving parent, holding, rocking, loving, feeding, attending to the precious child you once were. Give yourself kindness, give yourself loving attention. Allow your younger self to feel your calming heartbeat, your loving arms, the security and trust of comfort and love freely given.
Know this, dearest ones, over eons your human awareness has shifted from the tiniest nuances in our physical world.
It has shifted from the subtle nuances and energy of the body, the energy that surrounds each of us and overlaps, the energy that creates the power and majesty of the night sky, the rhythms of the moon.
It has shifted from the spirit in all things, the earth as a living thing, our very mother. Your awareness has shifted from the earth as mother of all species, all living things, all stones, every atom of existence.
From these subtle and quiet points of awareness amazing wisdom, creations and discoveries have been brought into being.
Where does your awareness rest now, most often? The “news”? Those who would funnel ugliness and discontent and anger directly into your brains? Has your awareness shifted to include mostly financial concerns? Do you see life from this perspective only?
Has your awareness been devoured by the little shiny thing that sets the agenda for you? That little thing that chooses your news, headlines, the path of your thoughts and fears? The sound bites you remember? Then you misunderstand and miss out on the variety, the beauty, the magnificence, of all that life on planet earth has to offer you.
Crow perched on sycamore tree
It is easy to shift your awareness back to the center of your being, the life blood, the soul satisfying actions that give you life. You must be willing to open your eyes and heart to the reality you desire.
How do you manage your circle of awareness? It is your most precious commodity. You get to choose the focus of your thoughts, what you allow into your consciousness. Choose and manage it wisely!
Do you feel an anger welling within you sometimes, a red energy in thought and heart and belly; a tightening of the jaw as you try to stuff it? This is precious fuel.
Vine wrapped tree
Have you witnessed injustice, been hurt by others, betrayed, let down? Use this fuel to make your life better, to take action that heals the rift, creates a better world.
Lashing out and hurting other just spreads the anger like a contagious disease until you feel separate and wounded and still angry! Fuel your creative work, fuel your physical activity and get your body fit. Fuel your actions with your passion to reweave the web of life and make things better for yourself and all others.
Do not use your anger to hurt, to belittle, to create chaos. Your actions, words and the energy you radiate into the world have consequences, so choose wisely.
Learn to manage the powerful energy of anger, to channel it to fuel a better world, a better life, a just and safe and healthy planet for all beings!
We (nature and tree spirits) are the observers. We observe by sensing your energy without judgment. We feel when you are anxious, when you are sad or grieving. We feel your joy, your buoyancy, and delight. We also feel your fear.
Heavy clouds in late summer
When many of you feel and tap into a widespread fear vibration, it chokes off your connection to the earth energy and heavenly light energy that sustains life. It affects all living things around you; it hurts you.
Collective fear damages the web of all things. It creates an ugly rift in the beautiful patterns that are meant to be. It can hollow you out.
Get to know your personal fear. Does it come from outside or inside of you? Where do you feel it in your body? What sensations are created in your body?
Have others planted this fear in you for their own agenda? Does it resonate with your existing worries and those of your family? Do your thoughts and beliefs support this fear? Are they true? Examine them!
Slowly begin to shift to more loving peaceful thoughts and beliefs, more supportive of the harmonious life you wish to live. Find the tiniest threads each day of gratitude, of satisfaction, of contentment and follow them back to the calm at your center.
As you shift from fear to peace you reweave the web of all things. Those around you will feel the shift to a more peaceful vibration as well.
Once again we come to the time of letting go, the great release as the leaves we’ve held onto for so long this year are finally relieved of duty. For a brief time they blaze with breathtaking color. Let your eyes take in and enjoy our gorgeous color! Soon enough they become the soil at our feet they as they wither and brown and decay. Next year’s plant food.
Red Virginia Creeper leaves
Now through the bare bones of our winter branches we have a chance to see feel and know the underlying structure beneath the summer show. We see what is rooted, what endures from year to year, through the cold months as well as the warm, not just the shimmering temporary summer show.
You too have an underlying structure. You are a web of invisible energy, permeating the physical body. This is the structure on which your life and body are built. Your energy endures from lifetime to lifetime without end.
When you keep your subtle energy flowing, healthy, and vibrant your life pulses with health and glows with vitality.