A lot of the people I encounter these days, both in my office and in the community, are seriously worried about what they see coming in our world. Some are close to panic or despair. Some think the world will end in 2012; others (including me) have a sense that we are on the verge of major positive changes on the planet—but that our route to the other side of those changes may be challenging indeed. Of course some people think everything is—or will be—fine…but their numbers seem to be decreasing.
It’s apparent that we’re moving into more and more challenging times. The U. S. economy is in trouble, we have an energy crisis, the climate is changing, the environment is being degraded, catastrophic weather events are increasing, there’s a global food and water crisis developing, we are waging seemingly endless wars, and significant earth changes seem likely.
Some people are preparing financially and physically for difficult times ahead: paying down debt, stashing money away, stocking up with food and water, getting emergency backpacks in case there’s a need for sudden evacuation. But I haven’t heard much about the mental, emotional and spiritual preparation that is needed for confronting major changes—whether in the outer world or in our personal lives. If we are moving into “times that try men’s souls,” then our souls had better be prepared! If there are big changes coming, we need to learn how to surf the changes. Panic is what happens when we’re emotionally/spiritually unprepared. But panic keeps us from thinking clearly, so it keeps us from taking appropriate action.
I believe we have the need/opportunity now to become prepared in at least six major areas: mental, physical/financial, emotional, spiritual/energetic, and group/community.
The first kind of preparation we need is mental: coming to terms with the strong possibility that we will soon be faced with major changes in our personal lives and in our world. We can’t predict exactly what will happen, or when, or how big it will be, so we need to be prepared for the unexpected, the uncertain. That requires a certain stability, groundedness, confidence and positive intention. Worry, anxiety, victim consciousness, and despair will not be helpful.
Others are already talking about the physical/financial area, so I will make only one suggestion that I haven’t seen: Get in shape! Take care of your body so that it will be able to take care of you. This includes diet, exercise and whatever you know you need to do personally to get your body ready for what may be strenuous challenges.
Very few people are prepared emotionally for large life changes. Most are still carrying around debris from past traumas, and perhaps painful childhoods. That emotional debris tends to remain lodged in the body and in the subconscious, and it can sabotage our confidence and competence in the present. It can be cleared, however, and the sooner the better. Many energy medicine and energy psychology modalities can help in this process; flower essences, homeopathy, TAT® (Tapas Acupressure Technique, developed by Tapas Fleming), and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, developed by Gary Craig) are examples. The more we clear, the more present and competent we will be for whatever we encounter in our lives. We can also build our confidence, stability, strength and creativity with these tools.
We need to raise our habitual and intentional energy levels to be able to surf the changes skillfully and even joyfully. There are many ways to do this and all of them require developing our awareness and presence. We can start with energetic grounding: connecting our feet and first chakra to the center of the Earth, and making sure the rest of our chakras are firmly connected to the first. We can then become aware of the vertical channel from the chakra below our feet to the one above our heads, where we connect to Spirit. Staying aligned with this vertical column will make a big difference in our ability to receive the information we need. The next step is to learn to live from the center of our Selves.
It’s helpful to have friends to talk about these things with, and groups and communities are important for mutual support. If things change greatly, our friends and community may be very, very important.
If you’d like to explore these areas further, let me know.
About The Author | Judy Steele
Judy Steele, MTP is a life coach and counselor. She uses flower essences, Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), and other energy healing modalities in a transpersonal psychology context, to assist her clients in clearing the past, moving forward toward their desired future, and enjoying the present. Judy has/is
- a Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology
- a Certified TAT Professional
- studied with many of the major essence makers
- 35+ years experience
(Published in Essential Wellness July 2008)