Day 24 – The Magic Of Language

Today’s post begins with a revisit of Day 1 of this series, that is the act of coming into the present moment, into the heart and asking “what do I really want right now”. But this time asking that question about your life. Is there something in your life that either requires a decision or needs action to be taken? And as a consequence of that non-action, disturbing your peace? If the answer to this is no then be very grateful for that!

If the answer is yes then read on. If it’s a stalemate due to non decisiveness then at the foot of this post I have included audios on making a decision.

If you know what you wish to do and non action is the problem then I would suggest first coming into the heart and asking, is this truly what I desire? Action will first stem from being clear about your intentions, not just about exactly what that intention is and why you desire this but all the reactions around it, what may be preventing forward movement. As I’ve mentioned before feeling fear over a possible course of action is not a reason to not do it! Set the fear to one side and ask about the rightness of what needs to be done. In fact most emotional responses are usually not a reason to not take action. For instance I am about to embark on a completely sugar free (this means zero sweet things, fruit included) diet as part of my ongoing detox. I know this is needed and if I respected the feelings of deprivation and mild misery I feel at the prospect I wouldn’t do it! In fact these feelings are absolutely a good reason alone to do this diet as I am letting myself be controlled by food…

So, to begin, take a deep breath, close your eyes and bring the attention down into your heart. Are there aspects of your life you wish to change, that you would like to take action on? Now ask yourself, when I think about these areas of my life what disturbs my peace the most or what makes me feel the most uncomfortable? Stay with the uncomfortable one. What are your usual thoughts, the language you use about this? Like most of us perhaps you tend to start from the negative? Using myself as an example again, I tend to mostly say “I need to cut out sugar, I have such a sweet tooth”. Very inspiring, not… Instead I’m changing this to “I choose to be radiantly and joyfully healthy”.

The point here is about using language consciously, we may say “I want more money/a relationship/to be slim/to be healthy/to be calm/successful etc. etc. The problem here is wording. Using the word “want” is an affirmation of lack. It’s like an instruction to the subconscious to continue giving you what you already have. The other problem is vagueness, such as “Yeah, I need to start…” Nothing will ever happen if our decision to take action is prefaced with this wording . So two basic considerations if we keep making vague, non specific statements with lack words such as want or need is to become aware of what we are saying. This will take time, I’ve known about languaging for decades but can still be dreadful in general conversation and alone with myself at weeding out self sabotaging statements. At the least, figure out what you do wish to have or to be and then formulate statements that contain only positive, present moment language and uses words such as choose, have, my and I am.

Examples:

“I want to be successful”, “I need to earn more money”. The words, “want” and “need” imply lack. Instead try “I am successful”, “I have success”, “I choose prosperity/abundance/wealth”. The wording to use is always whatever feels good to you. If the mind then says but I don’t have this or I’m not that resist the impulse to fight it or admonish yourself, instead fully acknowledge the objections with acceptance, treat the mind as if it’s a small child making lovable mistakes with language as they learn how to talk.

“I want/need to begin losing weight – everything about this sentence is dreadful and guarantees zero weight-loss – the words want, need and losing are negative, lack words, “weight” in this case is an affirmation, “begin” = never will. Instead the sentence could be, “I choose to be slim/thin”. “I now easily eat a healthy diet for my optimum size/weight”, and as you say this visualise what that is, if you can’t bring a visual of your own body imagine yourself putting clothes on in the size you wish to be.

These examples are quite wide ones but I hope you get the general drift, you can hone it down to specific desires using the positive language choices. Play around with this, using what your wish is, state “I want or I need…” and notice how that feels. Now substitute this for “I have…”, “I have my…”, “I choose…”, “I choose my…”, and “I am…” Use the phrasing that makes you feel a little lift in the heart.

This post has been about the language in relation to taking action but of course you could apply this way of talking to everything. Language is very misused in the world, to an appalling degree. There is actually a level of what could almost be termed sickness, at the heart of Western language and when this is studied/observed to any degree will become increasingly apparent. I hope this post at least opens your eyes a little more to how you can use language to enrich your own life. Tomorrow I outline a simple exercise for overcoming fear about taking action.

`The following audios are two different exercises for making a decision. The first is heart and body based – noticing reactions to the options you have. The second is a guided meditative journey that utilises help from your guides and information from your subconscious mind.

MAKING A DECISION EXERCISE
GUIDED JOURNEY THROUGH MAKING A DECISION

Day 23 – Vitality

Continuing on the theme of energy today’s post is about enhancing or regaining your vitality. This is as much a part of being peaceful as performing relaxation and meditation. Being peaceful is not a passive or low in energy state, rather it’s the knowing that peace is always there under the surface not only no matter what else is going on but of being aware of your vital nature as part of that peacefulness.

When we are aware of a deep sense of peacefulness it’s actually quite a energising feeling, we tend to take in a deep breath, smile, feel uplifted, happier, feel a little more motivated. Have you ever felt just blah or low in energy and been aware of peacefulness at the same time? I doubt it. Even when very low or depressed, no energy to do anything there is a form of agitation below that. Next time you do feel low, when your mood is dragging, sit quietly for a few minutes and breathe into it with the question “What’s really here”. If you go beneath the surface you will find some form of agitation or turmoil or even anxiety. When we fully engage with an emotion, no matter how seemingly painful, something in us energises or comes alive.

The two videos below are of Donna Eden, someone I’ve mentioned before as I think she’s remarkable. Donna Eden has taken vast amounts of knowledge about the various energy systems of the body and condensed them into workable solutions for health and well-being that anyone can use, regardless of mobility or current state of health. I’ve certainly found some of her techniques invaluable over the past couple of decades.

The first video is a short, 4 minute, interview that’s a useful background to who she is and how rapidly energy medicine can work. The second video is a daily routine that need take no more than 5 minutes to perform (video is 9 minutes) that will make a sizable difference to your health, energy levels and mood. One of the exercises is even another form of energetic protection.

Tomorrow I will begin with the basics of taking action on what you desire next in life and in the meantime I hope you enjoy these videos!

Day 22 – Other People’s Energy

The final segment of this 28 day series on being peaceful is about energy awareness and taking action. To start I’d like to revisit a topic I wrote about last year and that is of making sure our bodies and energy systems are clear of energy that is not ours. Many people are diligent about this but a surprising – to me anyway! – amount of spiritual seekers neglect this as part of a routine for setting ourselves up for the day. Just as our own fields and various bodies are interconnected so we as a species are interconnected, when in a room with others our energy fields overlap and mingle, this is usually how we can perceive the atmosphere of a room, or know how another is feeling, or even thinking. This does not mean we automatically absorb their stuff though.

There are many reasons for why we pick up another’s energy, it depends on how sensitive we are, the state we may be in at any given moment, what we resonate with in another, how much we are in agreement with another to even being a little under their “spell”. The more our own field is unprotected the more susceptible we will be to energy outwith self; if very tired, take drugs or drink a lot, are going through a phase of ill health or are very agitated with a lot of distorted/”negative” thoughts and feelings we can be more open to energies not our own. It also depends on the person who’s energy we absorb – this is a more complex subject and one I’d rather go into in more depth in another post. And this is just from people! There is the energy from places and objects and also of course electromagnetic frequencies – these are what I’m most affected by now, and probably many others without being aware of just how detrimental to health and well-being EM frequencies are.

As you can tell by the above, by no means exhaustive, list a lot of us do need not just protection but more importantly clearing of the field regularly. To me the clearing bit is the most important as no matter how protected we are if we resonate with someone else’s issues or thought forms, or we are more connected to that person we can pick up their stuff. Of course there are people who just aren’t prone to any of this at all, unfortunately I’m not one of them. I have a daily practice of clearing and protecting myself and feel off if I don’t. I am also aware that I will get to a point where I do not need to do this; when we reach a certain level of being in a state of Love or fully embodied within our Christed nature distorted energy will pass through without sticking.

As to the clearing of energy there are two aspects, there is an almost impersonal amount of stuff we pick up from being around people and places, this you let go of without a second thought, without wasting time on who it’s from or what it is etc. The second aspect is more personal, this is where something gets stuck or repeats far too much to be generalised, this could be stuff we have had in our field for years, sometimes decades, as it becomes part of an energetic entanglement to do with a personal issue or may be part of a relationship dynamic that’s ongoing.

Here are some general ways to clear and protect and included at the foot of this post a recording that guides you through this process.

Clearing

One of the most powerful and effective tools is The Violet Flame. Call this forth formally with words such as (there are many ways to call it in, you may already have your own wording or just instinctively know what words to use) “I call forth the Sacred Violet Flame of Transmutation. Violet Flame blaze within, throughout and around me, transmuting and consuming all discordant and misqualified (“negative” in old language!) energy that I may have absorbed from anyone, anything or anywhere I have been in contact with”. See, visualise, this burning through your body and aura.

Another clearing tool is pure white light, call in white light from whomever or wherever you wish to call it from and see it flooding and cleansing your entire being.

Another way to clear energy that you know is specifically from another is to say, “In the name of God (or whatever is meaningful to you) I release all misqualified energy I have absorbed from …. and send it back to them with love”. As responsible people we never send back energy in the form it came. If you work with energy and know how to re-qualify it then transmute it and send it back as such. For instance, I send back any energy that has been directed towards me qualified as pure Christ Consciousness in the form of gold light – and yes I am aware when judgement and anger are directed towards me!

Protection

Ask that white, sapphire blue, gold, or diamond like crystalline light pours through you, through every cell and every particle, through all layers of your being until it forms a seamless oval field of protection around your aura. Ask also that this pours through and around your home.

You can ask for protection from Archangel Michael, visualise his sword in front, to the sides, the back, above and below you, forming a fiery, blue field of protection.

Ask your own guardians, Angels etc. for daily protection.

There are many ways to protect and clear yourself and these are a just a few to start you off if you are new to this or to add to what you already do perhaps. There is a lot more to this subject and I will go into other aspects of what can become buried in our fields another time!

If this practice is new to you all I can suggest is try it for a few days and see how you feel. When I first started doing this in the 90’s I couldn’t believe the difference it made and also could not believe how affected I was by some people’s energy. Someone else had to clear it for me at first until I learnt how to do this for myself. I remember two occasions, first was when I was in a group of people and was feeling extremely disconnected, as if I was fading away; someone else in the group noticed something weird in my field, cleared it for me and in a few minutes it’s as if I came back to reality. Another time I was feeling as if I was coming down with the flu, as I’d now experienced and tried these methods out a few times I had an instinct I wasn’t actually unwell, I sent the energy back to where I suspected it came from and within half an hour felt completely well again.

I recount these two incidents to illustrate that not all conditions we find ourselves suffering from are our own or even “real”. I have so many stories of feeling off, wierd or unwell and after some energetic work felt completely normal again, within at the most an hour of the therapy, clearing or healing that I’ve just undergone.

CLEARING AND PROTECTION

Day 21 – Being Still

For more info about this series please go to https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1455 This post takes a minute to read and the exercise is of your choice.

This is the last post of the mind segment of 28 Days to Being Peaceful and it’s a short one. If you wish to, all there is to do today is focus on the concept of stillness, what is it like to have a mind that is still?

Sit with this for a few minutes, perhaps say to yourself, “My mind is still” and observe what arises, what thoughts, questions, feelings, visualisations, self concepts rise up? See if you can simply acknowledge what arises then let it go and come back to “My mind is still”.

If you find you need more help then just repeat one of the exercises or meditations of the past few days. Perhaps try a few of the quieting the mind tips, the My Truth Is… exercise or one of the meditations from this week, please find links below to these.

ENGAGING THE WITNESS MEDITATION
CLEAR, CALM MIND MEDITATION

Day 20 – Tips For Quieting The Mind

For more info about this series please go to https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1455 This post takes 3-4 minutes to read.

Today’s post is a series of tips on how to quieten the mind in meditation, relaxation, going to sleep and in everyday life. Some will be useful some will not! Try them all if you wish; it’s difficult to really know if something will work unless we experience it as fully as possible.

Allow the body to become quiet: Discipling a very active mind that has been like this for years, or decades through trying to control the thoughts is extremely difficult. It can make more sense to begin by disciplining the body, becoming more mindful of your physical habits – go by the adage of “how we do one thing is how we do everything”. Some ways in which we can practice this are to speak less; aim for 50% less. By doing this you begin to choose your words more carefully eliminating unnecessary fillers and making conversation because you feel you have to. Make less movement with the body, this is not about moving or exercising less it’s more about unnecessary “efforting”. For instance if a lot of effort is put into merely standing up perhaps try Alexander Technique or a yoga class. The side effect of these practices is that you will have more energy… Notice tendencies to moan and groan when performing a task or getting out of bed in the morning, at the very least move yourself into neutral. All these small movements towards quietness of being have a significant impact on the mind. Remember everything is interrelated.

Following are tips for sitting in meditation/relaxation or for quieting the mind for sleep.

Relax the mouth and tongue: When we have a lot of internal chatter and persistent thoughts we tend to sub-vocalise; this is when our tongue continues working as if we are actually talking out loud even when we are just thinking. When we open our mouth slightly this slows sub-vocalisation and we find it more difficult to think, or at least to think quickly and coherently. To do this, open your mouth fully, stretch the mouth and jaw muscles for a few seconds to release surface tension then almost but not quite, close the mouth, leave a small gap and allow the lips to relax fully.

Picture an endless sky: Think of a vast, blue sky, imagine this sky filling up your mind. When thoughts arise see how small they are against the backdrop of the sky. Or you may prefer to think of a night sky filled with stars where your thoughts melt away into the vast darkness or shoot away like a star.

Detachment: Say to yourself “I have thoughts but I am so much more than my thoughts”. (This statement can be worth meditating on in itself when we have begun to experience the mental stillness or expansion that comes with a regular practice)

Mental imagery: See thoughts as energy that have shape or are actual things such as butterflies, birds or clouds. Actually picture the words or letters of your thoughts as, say, butterflies; watch them lose colour and fade to grey then flutter away. If imagining them as clouds then perhaps see them drift into the distance, dissipate and disappear. Play around with images until you find you can do this instantly each time you are distracted by thoughts.

Bringing the mind back to now: Picture yourself standing on a bridge above a railway line. When you find your mind has become distracted see the thoughts as a train that has travelled away from you. Simply bring your mind back to where you are standing on the solidity of this bridge in this present moment.

Mental commands: When a worrying thought appears say a word such as “delete”, “stop”, or “cancel, clear”, if you need to do more, imagine the words being washed away by a shower of water, a beam of light or a flash/explosion of light or fire from the centre of the thought.

Quantum Entrainment Method: Ask yourself “Where does my next thought come from?” Watch for the thought arising. You’ll likely find that all thoughts just disappear, that nothing is there, even if just for a second. When we’re not used to even a second of nothing this is remarkable – and restful!

Do a reality check: When anxious our minds often take a leap into catastrophe and very negative thinking. The mind is creative and powerful and often tells stories that aren’t true. When you have a very fearful or angry thought, ask yourself, “Is this absolutely true?” Breathe deeply as you are asking yourself this, as if you are breathing out the thoughts and the emotions below the thoughts.

Release the critic: When trying to meditate agitation will often give rise to self-critical thoughts. A simple question: Do the judgements about self make you more or less anxious? The answer is almost always, more. When you notice the self-criticism, interrupt this by stating firmly, “May I be kinder to myself.”

Find a Mantra: Many meditation disciplines involve a mantra (Transcendental Meditation, TM, being the most well known), usually this is a phrase in Sanskrit. You can of course take the mother of all mantras – the Om/Aum sound or take a positive word in English. Allow this mantra to fill your mind. Do whatever appeals, remembering that this can change whenever you want.

Mudras: Another Indian Yogic practice is a to adopt a mudra, these are hand and finger positions utilising electrical impulses and energy conduits within the body, similar to the meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are many mudras for different states of being and specific mudras that accompany certain mantras. There is a wealth of information online, in books and in yoga classes if interested in this subject.

Finally, and most importantly, please be kind to yourself. If it’s difficult to switch off or to concentrate simply accept this. In fact just being with the difficulty without trying to change it is mindful meditation in essence.

Day 19 – Is Meditation Difficult?

For more info about this series please go to https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1455 This post takes 2-3 minutes to read and the meditation is whatever you choose.

When we feel agitated, unfocused or upset it can seem difficult if not impossible to meditate but often this is when it’s the most productive. If you can’t settle down to meditate it’s not because you are unable to or that there’s a deficiency somewhere, it’s merely because what you are experiencing is something you’ve not yet learnt how to deal with. It’s almost like learning the basics of a language academically and getting frustrated when you don’t know how to hold a conversation with a native speaker in a slightly different dialect!

There are many, many ways to meditate and all of them will lead to deep peace when persevered with but only a few of these forms of meditation will actually be ideal for you. Spend some time with each one that you are drawn to and this is the point, try different ways of meditating, learn nuances from one that you wouldn’t get from another. There’s often a lack of teaching on the hows of meditation, a lack of practical advice – as if that’s cheating somehow?!

If you have a lot going on in your life – either externally or internally – then it will probably be a lot more productive to simply try relaxation techniques instead of meditation. All the audios I have done contain relaxation protocols making them a lot easier to do and relax into.

If even relaxation is difficult this is usually because there is too much going on that needs to be dealt with, this is the reason why, in a series of posts about peacefulness, that I have spent a fair amount of time on the basics of release. On facing and clearing what’s going on under the surface that would prevent peacefulness, or even just preventing a full blown breakdown if there’s too much going on in your life or too much stuff is coming up to the surface.

We are, obviously, going through very uncertain times, the world will never be the same again and that is a good thing but it doesn’t necessarily mean the transition will be easy. The only thing we truly have control over is our inner world and that begins with finding some semblance of peacefulness. So, in the spirit of the very first post in this series, what do you want right now; right now in this moment? Acknowledge this, take a deep breath and allow yourself to relax into whatever is here right now.

If agitated try the My Truth Is… exercise or the release of uncomfortable feelings meditation. If you simply wish to relax and detach a little then I have included below The Witness Meditation again. Below that is the dealing with overwhelm and painful feelings audio if you wish to revisit that.

Tomorrow I will post some general tips for quieting the mind that can be used at the beginning of a meditation practice.

THE WITNESS MEDITATION
DEALING WITH OVERWHELM AND DISTRESS

Day 18 – … And This Means

For more info about this series please go to https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1455 This post takes 2-3 minutes to read and the exercise as long as you wish.

So today we dig a little deeper into My truth is… You may be wondering, why do this? What does stirring things up have to do with feeling peaceful? At our core is deep peace, unwavering stillness. What obscures this fact or truth is whatever is layered on top, by digging down through and releasing the layers of emotion, belief and old programming at the same time as seeking to experience moments of peace will bring you to that core aspect of Self. It’s not about being calm or having a particularly even temper, nor is it about being seemingly perfect. It is the ability to be that sense of peacefulness within, no matter what else may be going on in your life.

Back to the exercise, a few things can happen after doing the first part of this, you may have found yourself processing feelings that have been stirred up or you may have had the odd “Aha!” moment or more thoughts/beliefs may have surfaced. When this happens a lot of old assumptions will often simply dissolve on their own. When digging down to the root cause of an issue whether it’s through sinking through layers of feeling or by asking questions in a specific way, when we reach a layer of truth the truth or clarity itself is enough to clear what is there.

To continue with this particular exercise, the second part is to take what came out yesterday and any other thoughts that may have surfaced in the meantime and repeat out loud what you have written down. As mentioned yesterday a significant amount will look like rubbish as you view what’s there, what we are going to work with now are any thoughts that still have a charge. If there are a few pick the one with the most charge or most impact. Repeat this one out loud and then follow it with the statement “And this means”. I say statement instead of question as it infers that you already know the answer, kind of tricking the mind into pulling it out of the subconscious.

With the answer that arises take a moment for a deep breath in and out, this second part is a little more contemplative, more slow, and will often be more emotional – you may be rooting out the hidden thoughts behind certain emotional responses. Sometimes the first response is the root of the issue, sometimes there will be several layers. The way you can usually tell is through your reaction. This reaction would be strong emotion that needs release, a deep level of personal revelation, that “Aha!” moment. A shock as you realise something you may have been blind to, or the seeing of a deeply entrenched belief that may have shaped the way you live your life, or something else! So just keep repeating “and this means” (or whatever else seems appropriate by this time) until you seem to reach the core of something.

Another way you can deal with what arose from the “My truth is…” statements is to simply ask, “is this true”? Just use your intuition to know which way to go with this, usually the “is this true”? will just apply to concepts in the mental body that need unravelling. (Check out Byron Katie’s The Work for an excellent method for peeling apart what may be stuck in the mind, she takes the “is this true” question much further) The “and this means” is for when there is more emotion or for when you cannot let go of something. As I’ve mentioned before you cannot talk out an issue. If this is attempted without quite specific ways of questioning, the emotional energy often becomes more stuck, more deeply entrenched and causes problems further down the line.

If you have any questions or comments please drop me a line in the comments, I’m interested in your experiences with this!

Day 17 – My Truth Is…

For more info about this series please go to https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1455 This post takes 1-2 minutes to read and the exercise as long as you wish.

Today’s post on the theme of clearing the mind is a method for rooting out – or peeling back the layers – of thought on any given topic or issue, from wide topics to personal issues. It comes from a book called ”Loving Relationships” by Sondra Ray that I read many years ago and involves using the question, “My truth about (subject) is… You would continue to repeat this question about your chosen topic until there are no more answers or reactions. There are are of course even deeper ways of getting to the root of an issue such as the digging down method used in NLP and other therapies and this is what I would use in a therapy session. But the “My Truth Is” method is great for self help and also for making a start when you don’t know where to start!

To practice this exercise you would first pick the subject you wish to work on, whatever is bothering you. If it’s, for instance, relationships you could start global (“My truth about relationships is…”) then go into aspects such as “My truth about men/women is, then into whatever is personal to you. Use this exercise for anything; money, work, individual people, health, family, life and very specific details such as an emotion or single problem that is troubling you. Really, any concept, issue or event you can think of that you want to explore a little deeper or just empty your mind of.

Then take a pad of paper and write “My truth about (insert your topic) is…” at the top of the first sheet of paper and as you say this statement immediately write down your response. Continue to repeat this statement out loud and quickly jot down your responses until you dry up. If you come up blank write anything, it could be a sound you make, an emotion you feel or just write “I don’t know”. The trick is to force yourself to go into a kind of stream of consciousness mode and don’t accept a blank space. Most people will easily cover at least one sheet of paper with responses, so keep going!

Of course most of what you write will be rubbish but this is the point, it takes the garbage out of the mind and onto the paper where you clearly see it. Once seen many of the thoughts simply dissolve. There is then a second part to this exercise that delves a little deeper into what remains, into what has a charge to it, a reaction.

It can be very useful to leave it for a day or two before coming back to what you have written as even more of what you wrote may have dissolved but more importantly, in the act of dredging up perhaps hidden thoughts, more may have percolated up in the hours since you first did the exercise. In the spirit of this I will post the second half of this exercise tomorrow. Meanwhile have fun seeing what may be buried in the subconscious!

Day 16 – Clearing The Mind

For more info about this series please go to https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1455 This post takes less than a minute to read and the meditation is 17 minutes long.

Today’s post is just a suggestion to sit in meditation with the intention of clearing the mind and bringing in a sense of peacefulness.You could do this through a favourite meditation of your own or with the meditation below.

This is the first meditation I recorded last year so it may not be the best quality! I am still getting used to doing this and experimenting with the sound quality and editing etc. So will continue to record new, free meditations for a while yet until I feel ready to perhaps devise an online course. I may do another audio aimed at clearing the mind and coming into a calm space this week.

CLEAR, CALM MIND MEDITATION

Day 15 – Step Away From The Thoughts!

For more info about this series please go to https://wordpress.com/post/catherinestrang.com/1455 This post takes 2-3 minutes to read and the meditation is 15 minutes long.

The next 7 posts are about the mind and the title is obviously, I hope, my attempt at humour…

Anyway, over the next week I will introduce the theme of exploring what’s beneath the surface of troubling thoughts and of bringing a sense of peacefulness to the mind. Today’s post is about engaging the witness part of our consciousness. Before that however I’d like to say a little about inner work and the processing of issues regarding mind, body and emotions. Our being, here on Earth, is made up of several bodies, the physical, emotional, mental, etheric and spiritual, whilst these all overlap and are interconnected – what we do to one will affect the others. There is still a certain degree of separation between the bodies (at least here in 3/4D – we need to be completely clear in all our bodies before all aspects merge and intertwine as one whole).

Dealing with the physical body requires light cleansing food and detoxification processes. With the emotional body we grow through mostly somatic processing of issues, that is through the feelings, feelings being either emotions, states, sensations, pain in the body or through body memories held in our cells. In the etheric we have the energy systems that will need clearing and balancing, in the spiritual we have vast stores of past life information, higher aspects of DNA holding genetic and past gene expressions, our connection/attachments to the collective unconscious, access to the Akashic and occasionally soul trauma and more… Regarding the mental body this is where we release the beliefs and programmes that shape our lives and bring the mind under our control – the mind was never meant to rule in the way it does now. It was always meant to be a simple tool we use in order to do whatever needs to be done in our everyday lives.

This is an extremely brief overview of a vast subject and in the spirit of this series being light and peaceful is all I will say here. I’m currently writing a book that will delve much more deeply into the process of all that needs to cleared and how to do this in order to embody the Ascension process the planet is going though. On an individual level this is about clearing each layer of our being until we know who we are and where we are going as one unified consciousness.

As far as the mental body is concerned a place to be that cuts through a lot of unnecessary drama and angst is to reside in the part of self that is the witness. The witness is the aspect of self, or consciousness, that resides beyond the “lower” mind, it is the first level of the ability to reconnect fully with higher self. From the first level of the witness we can go from here to an even higher aspect of Mind and from here begin to drop down into the consciousness of the sacred space of the heart – this is an exercise all on its own and one I will explore more in the future. Stepping back from the chatter of the mind and the drama of the external world can be infinitely peaceful. When we engage with this practice not just through the thinking mind but combined with a somatic sense of really stepping back into the wider consciousness of who we are it is possible to really feel the detachment from the outer self. This is not detachment in an ordinary psychological sense of unhealthy detachment from people or the world, rather it’s about detaching from, as I mentioned, the drama, of our repeating thought patterns and from the chaos of the world. We are then able to more intimately engage with the inner, or higher aspects of self.

One very simple way to do this is to practice the following, once practiced a few times it will be fairly easy to do in the moment when you find yourself caught up in stressful thoughts and events. Fix your attention on a point in front of you, the usual way you would look at something. Now feel as if you’re drawing your gaze back behind the eyes, This is different from the act of letting your eyes rest in peripheral vision, doing this is of course relaxing but there is an element of mild trance that is induced when we do this. When we draw our gaze back behind the eyes we are still alert and in touch with all that is going on, just not over engaged with it nor are we trancing out or escaping. Drawing the focus back we are drawing the attention into the pineal gland and in doing so becoming aware of the self in a more expansive way.

Experiment with this and see how you find it – I would be very interested in your experiences.

Below is a guided meditation through expanding the sense of self in order to be the witness of the human self .

THE WITNESS MEDITATION