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Seeking New Energies with Clarity and Alignment

29 Oct

Seeking New Energies with Clarity and Alignment

by Kathy Custren

 

A Longtime Problem with Poor Vision

As a person who wears glasses, it is evident to me constantly that my ability to see is not clear without, as it happens, a great deal of external assistance. Once upon a time, I masked my faulty eyesight with contact lenses. These days, I rely on one pair of glasses and it is more than time for new ones. I am forever grateful for the ability to see, and those who help folks like me with vision problems to see clearly.

Glasses are everywhere these days, in a wide variety of designer frames and lenses that can handle multiple focal points and prescriptions. Even those who do not meet with an optometrist can go to the nearest dollar store and find a pair of glasses or sunglasses that will help boost reading or protect eyes from sun glare. So, we might consider glasses an easy fix to a difficult problem many of us face.

I find it is like this in many other areas of life as well. We are fortunate to be able to correct inadequate or fuzzy eyesight with some lenses that take the blurriness away and bring clarity and the world into better focus and safety. One may say that I ‘take advantage’ of lens technology to fit in with everyone else, or that I borrow the energies of all the people who toil in the vision industry to restore my own sight. This can be a sobering contemplation.

Illness and the Misalignment of Energy

When thinking about the ways energy works in our lives, so many of us fail to consider some of the most basic or intrinsic ways energy is exchanged in our vast plane of existence. Many of us choose to operate in our own little bubble of “I-ness,” or “illness,” when we come right down to it. And the poor alignment of energies takes its toll on us in many ways.

Over time, we learn how to correct some of the problems we have in life. Much like the way my pair of glasses fixes my sight, each of us may use, or abuse, some form of energy. Discovering what those changes or energy discrepancies are can take some investigation. Once we know, we can do better, make better choices, get help or an aid, or choose to draw a new boundary of where “no” might be.

Attunement is a great word to describe the alignment or balance of energies that work well together, or that help a struggling energetic aspect gain some added strength. On both a physical and spiritual level, the need for finding attunement can become critical at times. When our “illness” turns extreme, our perception changes and we find ourselves in greater alignment with the negative aspects. Things happen “to” us instead of “with” us, for example.

Corrective Lenses for the Spirit and Other Energies

Seeing or envisioning our way out of illness and back toward balanced or a positive outlook can be daunting, especially without help. Many of us deny there is even a problem, unable to see just how fuzzy or out-of-balance our lives are. We operate in a realm of misperception, and this mode may be how many of our family and friends know us best, unfortunately—always complaining, always in pain, always down or playing catch up.

Or, we might use one type of energy to mask or deal with the illness. Many people turn to negative habits to hide just how much pain they have, or how ‘impossible’ their situation is, and because we get used to the notion that life does not always make sense. We can all use a new pair of glasses when our eyesight changes, as it does over time, but not everyone is able to get to the eye doctor or even the dollar store to get that ‘one little thing’ adjusted. The more valiant among us persevere with the problem until we get to the edge of breaking down completely.

Whether we are dealing with bullying in school, a co-worker who is on an ego trip, raising children who have difficulties, in-laws who are judgmental, not being able to afford groceries, the basement floods, our vehicle is on the recall list, our own physical pain or other disease, or well-meaning friends we haven’t seen in a while, we can feel pulled in multiple ways. Which problem takes priority when one lives such a full life? How are our triage skills? Honesty says we can use a bit of help in dealing with the daily energetic pressures.

Doing Without? There is Always More

When we see our life is “too full” for our own good, we tend to scale back. This can be helpful if we find our world is chock-full of ‘stuff,’ but if we find we need more people to help and they are not around, then what? There is a stigma attached to reaching out, because many of us do not want to give off the perception of being a burden to others. So, doing without becomes the skill we do best—seeing less of our family and friends, not participating in ‘energy draining’ activities, doing more of the denial or masking to keep some semblance of balance in our lives becomes the priority.

We become very good at saying no, which also happens to include many of the opportunities to turn things around. When we become insulated or isolated, whatever problem we have becomes that much larger. If I did not have my glasses, I would be lucky to be able to maneuver in my house, let alone make my way down the street. If I did not have the right amount of assistance, even knowing where things are can become a daily hazard. Keeping track of multiple problems would soon build into an even greater danger.

We may fail to contemplate this snowball effect and how it relates to problems in our life. We could have multiple snowballs growing and rolling on a continual basis. Understanding that there is always more, and that like tends to attract like, is a good indication that we might need to make a change or find a different kind of attunement.

Healing Illness and Discovering Wellness

I wrote in other instances describing that finding balance is much like a juggling act. Too often, the best and most entertaining jugglers manage to incorporate additional partners. Sure, it is a wonderful skill to know how to juggle alone, but it helps to be able to toss something over and relieve the pressure of “handling” for even a brief time.

Energetic pressure, such as gravity, can take its toll, as I was reminded recently in a class this week. Even the smallest weight can become unbearable if we never get the opportunity to put it down from time to time. So, the first step we can do to help find additional energies that lend themselves to our strength and wellness is to share the load a bit. We have the power to choose who and when, provided we can overcome the stumbling block of stigma.

As with my eyeglasses, I am fortunate to be part of some energetically supportive groups. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization that educates and supports individuals and families who are living with a variety of illnesses. Another is the National Council on Behavioral Health—through its Mental Health First Aid program. Any of us can turn to family, friend, faith, business, and other social groups for support.

In difficult times, sharing energies in support is the way so many of us find balance and ways to cope with the weights we juggle along our road of life. Let’s make a pact to stomp out stigma and do what we can to support each other. When it comes to healing illness, and finding balance and wellness, we are all in this together. ~ Blessings!

 

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Clarity of Singularity

3 Aug

 

“To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves.” 
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
 
“A jack-of-all-trades and a master at none.” — Unknown
 
The Conundrum tells us, in its own, unique way, that there is more to being one person. As confusing as that may sound, we can examine it to find that, even though we may be seen as one person with one set of features and senses, our experience is such that our “one” human package contains many gifts. Even if we have the ability to multi-task, there comes a time when we care and become mindful enough to focus on one activity at a time.
 
This sense of focused sight, this ability to see one site in the midst of chaos, is something that is a very strong, inherent trait. The facility of concentration is such that it not only causes us to sort out one tiny detail from many. It also causes us to concentrate our energies on that one task or search in order to experience all that there is to see…and be.
 
All that is contained may be considered to be an individualization; not unlike our own existence and experience. Being able to sense that there is an order to things that happens naturally can lead us to greater joy and freedom in life, as a matter of choice. When we take the time to do one thing and do it right, we learn that, despite duality and chaos, the ups and downs and other fluctuations, we can focus on doing one thing well–no matter what it is.
 
Many of us are called upon to do more than one thing at a time. Having two hands may be considered both a blessing and a curse. Wearing multiple hats at once, or taking on multiple responsibilities is a difficult skill to manage or sustain indefinitely. This kind of juggling can cause mistakes and imbalances to occur.
 
We soon learn that experience, maybe even being bold enough to call it positive experience, is best obtained through concentration. It is what the mystics of old tell us to do–to focus our energies. It is what safety experts tell us now when they warn us of the dangers of distracted driving.
 
Sure, we can do more things at once; however, it is a good thing to ask ourselves why we are doing that. Is it because we can, or because we need to? Are we too greedy to share the workload? Think about that a moment. Would we rather take on the stress of too much responsibility, leave something either partially or completely undone, than to focus simply on doing just one thing at a time?
 
Time always seems to be a factor to us here in this realm of existence, but what if it was not? What if we could flow with the idea of being timeless beings, who end up having all the time in the world that we might need to accomplish a task? Could we be comfortable with the role of playing ‘one small part’ in some greater design, understanding that we have opportunities to try again, or to do something over–and maybe better–in the process?
 
This is not to say we do not need a goal or deadline. The purpose of having a goal is to reach some eventual, desired outcome. We need not let go of a larger goal, such as having a peaceful world in our lifetime, or righting the wrongs we have inflicted upon the Earth. Deadlines are wonderful for reflecting on our accomplishments or making revisions.
 
Might we have a connection to a job, campaign, or some other effort–a shift change, perhaps–where we can appreciate its development and growth, facilitate that process, and achieve a sense of completion? Completion, without as much of the time-driven stress associated with a project’s steps along the way. Knowing a job is well done can be a rewarding feeling.
 
Understanding that we will get to a particular completion point provides a chance to breathe new life into the same project, or start another phase of existence. We learn that experience is concentrated energy. We have many opportunities at hand to unite and really make a difference to either change something or create something (a)new.
 
We can make aspects of our ‘one life’ better, without as much of the destruction that accompanies creation. Utilizing sustainable energy, whether it is our own human resource or some other part of our elemental experience, will help ensure continuation. We discover that using a finite resource only leads to a [dead] end.
 
The concept of manifestation and use of energies is more than pie-in-the-sky thinking or some woo-woo, magical mumbo-jumbo. It is no “secret,” since it is observable. Cosmically, there is a continuous motion and experience underway of which we are but one small fractal. We learn to either maneuver within the sphere of energy or get out of its way.
 
E pluribus Unum after all.

For our consideration. ~ Namaste ~ Blessings!

 
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