Teach by example

Dear one, is your heart heavy with fear for others?  Do you worry about your family? 

You can help them without depleting yourself by seeing and witnessing their power, their strengths their capabilities, their talents, and reflecting this back to them in words and actions.

You are saying to them – “I know you can do this… I know you are capable… I know you can figure this out… this is what I’ve seen in you before…”  This is gentle coaching – leading by example – inspiring those around you.

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GCW in winter

Let them know you trust them to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done.  Your job is not to rescue, or save, but to be a light, to shine a light for them.

When you feel the familiar fear, go inward and feel it in your body.  It might be a tightening in your heart, a resistance in your throat, a roiling in your belly.  Pay attention to your feelings with love.  Breathe deeply for a few moments and allow yourself to be fully present to your body’s signals.

Feel your fear. “Give it your compassionate attention.” – Pema Chodron

This will help you find the courage to tune into the power within you.  Go deep into the living well of your life force and draw up the strength and fortitude and will to heal your life! Even though you feel fear, you can shine brightly and stand in your power. 

You teach by example!  Those you worried about in the past can learn to stand in their own power, reach deep within themselves and find the resources to thrive.

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Take a news vacation

Dear hearts, are you addicted to the news?

I challenge you to turn off the 24/7 news. the constant drumbeat of events reported in minute detail, argued over, rehashed, replayed. This can serve to drag you down! The authoritative voices, the selection of stories can keep your thinking boxed in and contained right where they want you to be.

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A news message from Grandmother Cottonwood

This kind of program scares the living daylights out of many and promotes fear and loathing and ratings. Fear can spread through a population like a virus or wildfire, taking many down, dimming their light, obscuring their power, keeping them small, manipulating them into anger!

Do not allow the tentacles of fear from around the globe to penetrate your heart and mind. When the world was young, it was not possible to know what was happening ten miles away, let alone across the globe in the most obscure location until days, weeks, months or even years later….Now it is in your face all the time! It is so much more than you need to know! You are meant to confront and deal with the conditions and emotions of your life and your circle of influence in the here and now.

Of course, there are advantages to knowing what is happening at times. You want to be an informed citizen… Can you find a neutral source of news that does not seek to manipulate your emotions? 

Especially if you are an empath, a sensitive person, please do not take on the crushing emotional burdens of others that this sort of news coverage promotes. It will only deplete and weaken you and keep you stuck .

Take a news vacation. Let the toxic energy clear out of your home and life and body. See how you feel after a week or two… turn your focus and energy to your own projects, plans, dreams, your own clarity and mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Strengthen and empower yourself.

Know this! When you stand in your power, aligned with source, you are a force for good on our planet! This is what you can do to help change the world!

Ego fear

Set aside your fear – the fear that keeps you small, keeps you invisible, keeps you from your light and power. Tuck it in, kiss it goodnight, read it a bedtime story. Now shut the door to the room where your ego fear resides and go on about your business of living in your full power.

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Grandmother Cottonwood’s gift

Your ego fear is the voice of your past, trying to keep you safe, comfortable, perhaps invisible and small. It means well… but you have outgrown it!

When you speak and communicate with your ego fear, do you use confident clear language – or do you sound tentative, indecisive, unsure of yourself? Remember that you are the boss, the parent. Your wise self is meant to be in control.

Let the fear know you hear it, feel it, understand it, as you would an anxious child. Let it know you will still do what you mean to do. You will do what needs to be done, what you have been called to do whether the fear agrees or not.

You live in the here and now! In the past, your fear was warranted, it may have been needed for physical and emotional survival.

Now that you are an adult, find compassion for the fear from your past that tries to keep you small. Acknowledge it, feel it, then step into your power and shine your light!

What are you waiting for?

I, rooted to the earth, I who stand patiently in my chosen place for my hundred or more years ask you –

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Grandmother Cottonwood

What are you waiting for?

It is time to get off the mark, out of your seat, and let the inspiration that fills your being move you to act! When you are inspired and connected to source, the acts you are moved to will ring true, fall into place with ease, be in your highest good and the highest good of the planet.

When you are in accord with your heart and allow the fearful ego voice to fade into the background, your actions will bless this earth and all living creatures.

So, what are you waiting for?

If fear and loathing keep you frozen and motionless, do what you can to soothe your fears and calm your anxiety. Do not allow your life to pass you by because of fear!

Your true power comes through when your will and divine will line up. Then you feel the energy and inspiration fill your body. Then you can tap into the great power at your center, the divine purpose you have come to express.

Let your light shine brightly!

Roots hold fast

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.

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Summer grasses

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.

Your sweet spot

You are meant to be a column of pure clear light. This is when life flows delightfully, without effort.

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When your light is shaded and dimmed by fear, when you are pulled off center or out of true by foreign substances, worry for another, your reaction to events, you lose effectiveness, you spin your wheels, you may become careworn and haggard.

Put yourself back in the sweet spot of flow, back to your spotlight where your energy moves without impediment. Align yourself with the web of all things where endless possibilities exist.

Simply drop the idea that you can’t do this. That, my dear is a lie! You are strong, capable and powerful. Those qualities are within you.

Do not search for your power and strength outside of yourself, for you will continue searching from lifetime to lifetime in vain. Draw them from the core of your being, as a singer brings forth a clear pure tone from within.

Release your need to control. Know your inner power and strength. Ask for help.

Allow the amazing intelligence of all that is to make connections and create soul satisfying solutions for you.  Allow yourself to live in your sweet spot!

True power

Those who would hurt others and use ugly words to describe those unlike them might seem tough and strong. They might give a sense of being powerful. They might attract followers. Yet they rip into the web of life with their hurtful words and actions, creating chaos, pain and destruction.

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They create chaos, then ask you to trust them because it is so chaotic.

They plant seeds of fear in your mind, then feed off your fear.

They tell you others are not to be trusted, then stab you in the back.

Those who would do this are great deceivers. Most of all, they deceive themselves into believing that harsh words and a tough demeanor and a boatload of money and a big gun = power.

True power does not come through striking fear in others or talking tough or yelling louder.  It comes through knowing the quiet truth of the heart and spirit within you and living by that truth, no matter what!

Healing fear

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.

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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.

You are an emotional being

Betty’s note:  GCW has more to say about L of Ames, Iowa’s question about the Orlando shooting. (See previous post)

When will you learn that humans are emotional beings? There is no shame in feeling. Anger is part of your in-body experience. Fear is a part of your in-body experience. Feelings and emotions are messages to you. Allow yourself to receive and decipher the messages! This is vital for your health and the health of the planet you rule!

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Allow your emotions to fuel right action, action that corrects an injustice, action that recreates balance, action that helps bring people together, not split them apart.

When the fuel of anger builds and builds without release, without right action,  one tiny spark can ignite it. Get help to clear the anger within you. Do not allow it to build into a weapon of mass destruction, turning it either inward and destroying yourself or outward and destroying others.

See your culture in the mirror of recent destructive events. Healing your culture begins within each of you. Begin a revolution from the inside. Begin in the heart. Clear your anger, learn to let it flow for the good, for justice.

Now teach others for the health of the entire planet. Spread the word. Allow others to express their anger and fear and despair in healthy ways that build us up and bring us together.

Push beyond the fear of being vulnerable. This may take courage!  Ironically, in your vulnerability lies your strength. Begin with small actions in the direction of healing and softening your heart.

I speak for healing, for the beauty and power of life on this earth.  I ask you to choose to use your considerable powers for creating a planet in which all creatures can live in harmony and peace.

Emotional healing is possible

L of Ames, IA asks of the Orlando shooting, What is happening? How can this happen in our country?

My dear ones, the reverberations and ripples from this enactment of rage and despair have entered your bodies your minds and hearts and I sense your heart sickness, your fear, your anger and sorrow.

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Only those who feel separate from the web of life and the connections with all living things, those who seethe with the stuffed rage of many years do this. Those who feel separate feel powerless. Those who feel powerless may try anything to regain “control” and express what feels to them like “power” again.

Angry energy like razor blades radiates from those who have stuffed their rage. All who come near can feel it and sense the ugliness, the toxicity, the smelly stagnation of powerful energy eating away at the mind, heart, spirit and body.

It is not anger and fear that cause these rage events, it is the inability to express the anger and fear appropriately, without punishment, shame and humiliation.

Those who recognize and feel and allow emotions to flow easily do not ever erupt in rage and spread their damage like a hurricane destroying all in its path taking the easiest and nearest target.

There seem to be many humans on this earth who stuff their true feelings – Who fear their feelings. This is an epidemic!  So many humans have allowed unpleasant emotions to morph into toxic waste by hiding away from them even hating them and rejecting them! When you reject your emotions, you reject yourself! 

Emotions are energy, and energy must move.

I ask you to learn to feel your emotions when they first resonate in your body; to gain skill and discernment at naming and feeling your full spectrum of emotions from despair to joy. Learn to express anger without harm to yourself or any other.   Teach this in your homes, places of work, in your schools, learn to cry, learn to sing, lean to feel.  Learn that your feelings must flow.

Learn to tolerate your feelings and the feelings of others. Feelings and emotions are what make you human. It can be done, and it is not too late. Learn to stay with the discomfort. Discomfort will pass like clouds in the sky.

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This toxic waste of stuffed emotions can be transmuted by shining the light of love, compassion  and acceptance on them. Please ask for help if you cannot do this on your own! Healing is possible and you too can feel better.

Yes, even you.