Are you finding yourself talking about COVID in every conversation?
Do you start out talking about the book you are reading or the meeting you just had, and suddenly … you are back to COVID again?
Do you wake up and go to sleep still thinking about all the bad stuff going on in the world?
I want you to know … you are not alone.
We are all feeling the fear and trying to manage it in our own way.
I know … it feels like a crazy outta-control world right now …
But let me assure you that there is a way to reframe and feel safe.
The wonderful thing is that we DO have control of our own minds.
You may disagree, especially if you’ve gone down the Facebook rabbit-hole watching videos of people at US political rallies. (but I digress)
In her book, Uncharted, Colette Baron-Reid compares our fears to dragons within.
“It’s natural to fear the unfamiliar, and traditionally dragons are feared because we can’t control them – kind of like our fears, which get away from us. We fear our fear; that’s understandable. We fear our anger too because that’s hard to control. But fear and anger awaken us to the true nature of dragons; they represent our power. When you feel fear or anger and want to run, that’s when you need to go within and claim that power for yourself.” (page 59-60)
The thing to remember is that fear takes away your true power if you try to deny it, or hide it, or squash it down. It shuts down your intuition and your ability to reconnect with your soul. It leads you down a twisty road of misaligned perceptions that appear real. Colette called this fear “self-centred fear”. (Note: we are not talking about rational fear that you experience when you are truly in danger.)
Self-centred fear usually shows up when our small self (or ego) is not getting what it wants, losing something it cares about, not belonging or being ridiculed or being hurt emotionally.
The COVID situation has pushed our small selves into control overdrive. Some of our individual freedoms that we highly value, have been outranked by greater societal and health rules. It makes perfect sense that we would feel anxious and fearful.
So, it’s important to manage those self-centred fears, turn them around and trust the power within to lead you forward, miracles do happen.
Colette talks about awakening your “Observing Self” and realizing that you are in the “landscape of fear”, similar to the Dalai Llama who encourages us to say, ‘I am WITH fear’, rather than saying, ‘I AM afraid.’ It is a temporary emotion that will pass, not part of your identity.
Then she suggests meeting your dragon (fear), saying ‘hello’, honouring it and doing a guided visualisation to bring yourself back to the safe place of love and support.
If you’d like to listen to the guided visualisation called ‘Get on that Winged Creature’ – I have created an audio recording of the script from Colette’s book, that you can listen to it BELOW.
Whatever way you choose to soften the intensity of self-centred fears … it all comes down to radical acceptance, compassion, kindness and self-love.
Pip Coleman is the creator of The Divine Alignment Code coaching program, specifically downloaded for Earth Angels who are feeling frustrated, lost, anxious or disconnected from their true Self. This program will help you to re-set, re-align and re-balance.
Contact Pip on email@example.com to book in a complimentary ‘what’s it all about?’ chat.
Interview with Michele Scott - facilitator and founder of Our Wellness Community
This is the fourth lockdown in Victoria, we've had different kind of thoughts and feelings throughout each of the lockdowns. How are you feeling during this one? How does this impact you?
Yes. It has been a bit of a challenge. Hasn't it? This one, I guess, on, on the one hand, it's easy because we've done it before.
Yeah. It's sort of like, oh yes, we're doing this thing that we do ... where we put the masks back on and we stay at home and all that sort of thing. I mean, I get quite anxious and a bit sad and frustrated - all the same things that everybody else is probably experiencing.
And I live by myself. So I have a different experience than the people who are at home with their whole family.
It's a really interesting space to be in when there's nobody around, you know, you have to manage your mindset, you have to manage your emotions and be very kind to yourself in a different way.
Michele: Yeah, yeah.
So it's probably been not as challenging in a lot of ways because I knew what to expect, but then I'm asking do we really have to do this again?
I'm glad we're talking to talking to you, because you're living on your own. There are a lot of people living on their own. They're all sorts of different ages. And, sometimes for those people living on their own, and maybe if they're a little bit older in life, they miss out on their social time and that can really be debilitating and depressing.
Pip: Yep. Yeah. I think that's one of the things that I noticed is I miss that social time. So on my ride or my walk or my exercise that I do. I'm smiling and saying hello to every single person. I may not have met these people, but I just need that human contact. And going to get my cup of chai in the morning from the local cafe. That is really important for me to say hello to them, for them to ask me how I am ... and for me to ask them how they are.
It's so obvious that we all need human contact because that's why people push against the restrictions. People are pushing against these lockdowns because they feel they can't do without the human contact. We can't.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We need the brain to release oxytocin, the bonding hormone. It's one of the feel-good hormones. It's, it's a knock-on effect, isn't it?
Yes, definitely though. I found that I had to put in place ways to help myself feel better? I keep asking myself what can I do to make myself feel better? So I did a lot of chanting. I do a lot of surrendering, practicing handing it over. Some people like to pray. Some people like to talk to their angels or their guides, or, do a meditation. There's lots of lovely ways to surrender.
But this morning I was doing my little chant in the shower. Om Namo Narayani - which is "I surrender to the universe" chant. And it sounds, it sounds great in the shower as well. It's like this echo-y beautiful thing. So that's a nice one.
And then I also, sometimes I'll pull a card, from my multitude of Oracle card decks. This morning I pulled the beautiful card, the Fox spirit guide, which was gorgeous because it's all about thinking on your feet and being adaptable and taking opportunities and not being scared to step into change. I thought was really, really cool considering what's happening at the moment.
Then I like to move because that's a big one. When we talk about anxiety or if you're feeling blocked, movement is a big one. Getting out in nature is huge help. It's really important because it raises your energy, and like you were talking about, all those beautiful hormones that we have in our body. Getting out in nature is super important for our bodies to reconnect and ground and get out of our heads.
So yeah, there's lots of being kind to myself. That's important.
Michele: That is so fantastic! And, I love chanting. It's so powerful. It's the power of the voice and the power of sound. And you're stimulating that throat chakra. That's awesome. I love it. Yeah.
And so Pip, you are a Reiki master and also a spiritual teacher, amongst many other things.
So, tell the audience where to find you and a little bit about how, how you help your clients.
Yes, I am a Reiki master and a coach and an author. I have more recently, I've been working on creating a beautiful divine alignment coaching program, which helps people, my fellow earth angels who are feeling exhausted and frustrated and disconnected from themselves, to reset rebalance and realign.
I've been really enjoying taking my coaching and my Reiki to the next level with these beautiful people, supporting others.
And the wonderful thing about it is that I can do it online. So no matter whether we're in lockdown or we're not, I can still do my meditation classes and I can do this beautiful coaching program and help people.
That is another way that I found being on my own I can feel better by focusing on assisting other people to feel better too.
Michele: Yeah. Yeah. I would love that - in helping others, we help ourselves ... it makes us feel good. Thank you for joining me today on Wellness Conversations on Casey Radio 97.5FM.
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