What makes you feel safe?
When a beloved aunt told me she had cancer, she said to me, "Honey, when you turn the page and it says THE END, there's nothing yo can do to stop."
We all have that page, we all have that day - we just don't know when it's coming. And, for a society that feels safe thinking they have control, it's wreaking havoc on our wellbeing.
I love the movie Shawshank Redemption, my favorite line in that movie is 'Get busy living or get busy dying'. It's one of my favorite quotes as it reminds me, live every day of life. I'm not saying I do, I am saying, it's a process, a process of facing fear, anxiety & worry. A process of looking at the things I used as excuses to make me feel like I'm in control and therefore - safe. It's more like a a process of acknowledging the present moment, where most of time we actually are safe.
I really don't like unexpected events that make me feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath me, and seeing that I've had experiences (yes, way more than 1), and suffered afterward (aka PTSD), I am aware of the tendency to 'awfulize' experiences that 'may' be coming around the corner.
It's interesting to listen to people say the same thing, but when asked if they suffer from PTSD, the look on their face says it all. To admit that events in our life have unsettled us so much that we have been traumatized, somehow, somewhere has been deemed weak. So we keep 'awfulizing', allowing that old trauma to steer us into future situations that continue to make us feel unsafe. The vicious cycle perpetuates.
My last blog spoke about what you put your mind on grows - well imagine now, the collective mind. To back up for a moment. To me, the collective mind are the thoughts of a group of people. To give you an example, think of a group of people that all have a common thought process - maybe it's an animal rescue group or a political party, maybe it's a religious belief system or groupies, whom all love a specific band, like 'dead heads' - basically, groups of people with common thoughts, interests and beliefs. Now, pan the scope out a bit wider to a country, or society. The consciousness, awareness, thoughts and beliefs collected by a group of people as a whole.
Now imagine that collective consciousness from a group of people focuses on fear, or not feeling safe. Again, if what I put my mind on grows, then the collective consciousness will grow exponentially as millions, even billions of people are thinking the same way.
When we focus on being afraid, say, of living in general, the Universe responds, handing us what we are so afraid of to help us overcome our fear. But most haven't been taught how to deal with our trauma and now have difficulty getting off the treadmill of anxiety.
We, as a collective, have come to that moment of truth where we are becoming aware that each of us has a role to play in the collective consciousness. And, in that awareness, we, as a group, begin to shift. We are being forced right now to look at our fears, the way we relate to life and how we live it.
If there are things happening in your world that are producing stress, the uncomfortable, rock your world kind of stress - you are being handed an opportunity of a life time. The way you respond creates our future, as a whole. If you do what you did, you'll get what you got!
I invite you today to try something different - I invite you today meditate, or journal or notice that in the present moment, you are safe.