3 Suggestions for Slowing Down

 

Feeling lost and confused lately? In our current, life-changing dimensional shift, everyone is challenged. Slowing down so that we can hear our own inner guidance is crucial. Self-care is key to slowing down. In slowing down, we change the conditioned, habitual patterning that causes us to stay busy, to force forward, to suppress the wisdom of our inner experience.

The 3rd Dimension was about drive and ambition. The 5th Dimension is mellower than that.  It no longer works to go outside of the present moment or to push for outcomes. In this new, multidimensional experience, the practices of overworking, overdoing, overthinking and staying busy agitate our functioning and get in the way of knowing what to do, when.

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Photo by Aureal Williams

Why Slow Down?

Before we get to the 3 Suggestions for Slowing Down, let’s look at the value of slowing down.

We are no longer operating solely on the mental plane. We are being informed through our entire sensate experience; the channels of this receptivity are unique to each of us; some feel things, others see things, and others hear things, some can know by touch.  Some people are open to the signs that come their way as they travel through their day. The change, now, is that we can no longer think our way through something. Our minds do not have all of the information. If we open to the knowing that comes through our sensate experiences, we get a bigger, clearer picture, as well as a sense of timing. For instance, we might know that we do not yet have all the information that is needed to discern an optimal choice; we might be getting the information to wait.

The 5th Dimension is a multidimensional experience, opening us to a greater reality than is possible within the confines of the 3rd and 4th Dimensions. The 5th Dimension is also a portal to even higher dimensional frequencies. In order to access information that comes to us through our body’s connection with this Living Field of Love and Energy (Possibility) and Knowing, we have to be still.  We have to allow for space in the gaps of our doing.

There are rhythms in nature and there are rhythms within our bodies; we are not 24/7 machines like the ATM at the end of your street. We cycle and ebb and flow and we need good, quality sleep, rest and play and relaxation for optimal functioning. These are some of the reasons why it is helpful to slow down.

Another reason to slow down is that in the 5th Dimension, fear is released. Much of our constant activity is based on fear – deadlines, enough money in the bank, external approval from a boss or a team. You have probably heard this many times, fear has no essence. One of our earlier US Presidents even said this, “Nothing to fear but fear itself.” Our 3rd Dimension experiences were so fear- based that it takes a long, long time, to get this as a truth: fear is a control mechanism and can be released.  One way we release fear is by staying in the present moment.  This is a whole other blog topic, maybe for another time.

For now, the focus is on slowing down. If you have a wiry type body, what is known in the Ayurvedic tradition as a Vata body, or if you were born in the first half of the Lunar Cycle, the waxing Moon from New Moon to Full Moon, then you probably do have an innate orientation to high energy levels.  Your natural state might be motion, however, every living organism has ebb and flow rhythms. For those with heavier body types and those born in the waning Moon, from Full to the end of the Lunar Cycle, slowing down for you might mean taking to the bed occasionally.

Slowing down is a vital skill set for everyone in this shift from 3D to 5D.  The slowing down might look different for you than it does for a loved one or a friend, so please allow comparisons and judgement to fly out the window as you explore your own experiences of slowing down.

The 3 Suggestions for Slowing Down

We change through learning and we learn by doing. To rewire prior conditioning of habitual busyness, accept that learning to slow down takes practice, every day and through multiple, experiential ways.

 

  1. For part of your daily routine, whether it is in the morning as you wake up or before you go to bed, or during your commute to or from work, be silent, free of radio, tunes, TV. Try this for 5 to 10 minutes and just be still and contemplative as you go about your activity. Notice your breathing, notice your emotion. If fear or anxiety come up, by all means turn on the sounds, however, also try to slow breath through any surfacing anxiety.  If you do experience peace through this practice of a sound stimulation-free time, gradually add minutes, maybe upping your “in silence” time to 30 minutes or longer.

 

The point of this practice is to increase the comfort level with silence so that, over time, there is more familiarity with listening to intuition and the sensate informing that comes through the living energy field around us.

 

  1. Consider exploring adding an herbal tea to your daily intake. Or, consider the use of aromatherapy to help still your active mind and body. Some common herbs have a soothing effect and support the body in calming down.  You can research these through many sources. If you go to a health food store, you might be able to buy a small amount of an herb you would like to try from their bulk herb section.

Aromatherapy works on the primitive brain and its use can have an immediate calming effect. Explore aromatherapy options, they come in roll on applicators, creams that you can rub into your wrist, or in essential oils. Sniffing something like a rose oil can have an immediate calming effect to a stressed body. Research aromas that call to you.  Please note that many products used in aromatherapy might not be safe for use with children.  Consult references or professionals to learn more.

Allowing the body to calm, through use of an herbal tea or through the sense of smell, can have a direct effect on slowing down the mind. If it calls to you to use herbs or aromatherapy, practice using them regularly, maybe a couple of times each week over a period of some months. Consistent experiential learning can groove a new imprint.

  1. The last suggestion is to snatch moments through the day and practice slowing down.  For instance, between tasks that you do, stop for 3 to 5 minutes, stretch if you can, close your eyes, breath deep, simply stop.  Taking mini breaks like this throughout the day will recalibrate the mindset of keeping going.  A few ideas for integrating a habit of stopping include: after a meeting, go into the bathroom if you have no other place of privacy and take a few minutes to relax the muscles in your body, relax your face by smiling, even though you might not feel like it, close your eyes, massage your hands, rotate your shoulders, your wrists and your ankles. Look out the window for a few uninterrupted minutes and allow your thoughts to float like the clouds.  Acknowledge when your mind and body need a short break and give them what they want. Consciously assist in the recalibration from overdoing into conscious listening to your own inner experience.

Slowing down is a learned experience, built through trial and error, consistent practice and the cumulative joy that living a slowed down life brings. Please let me know, through the comments section below, how you are slowing down now and how that feels to you.

 

3rd in a Series of Letting Go

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Down the rabbit hole and the only substance involved was raw, unfiltered, multidimensional Life.

For the past two weeks these blog posts have been about Letting Go and that theme continued as a lived experience for me this past week.  Our collective move from life in 3D to life in 5D is uncharted territory. Nothing is the same as it was, we are not quite sure how we got here and we have no clue as to what is next. There are moments that are super challenging and cause us to have to let go of rational understanding. Our hearts are open, and our eyes, yet the shifts are rapid and complete; at times it feels like we are white water rafting in the course of daily life. Whew!

The Move

In response to my personal alignment with this shift to 5D, I have made major life changes. I left employment that I enjoyed, yet was done with, and left family and friends to relocate to be near a big, beautiful, massive body of water in daily life. This move was an affirmative response to a call from Nature to live near Lake Superior, and in a place where I might find more community than I had previously known. I, like so many others, have been aching for community.

I have found community and the sustaining beauty of nature, however, after one year, I do not feel settled.  At times I feel like a ping pong ball in my own life. Here, there, where? This was not how it was “supposed” to be.  I made the move in good faith and with informed choice, yet the settling in experience, at times, feels severe.

This week, my letting go experience was in releasing to full and total surrender. As children in play, we used to call this “crying uncle.” In adult life, it is unconditioned surrender. Feeling through each Now is all that I can do. Multidimensional consciousness is just that; we are living with layers of consciousness like the layers of bands within old trees and layers of sediment from the surface of the Earth to its core. We have to deal with multiple levels simultaneously. This can feel confusing and overwhelming, beyond the capacities of our regular coping. We need a bigger field of coping and surrender, with its release of conditioned responses, helps us find our way within this larger, untraveled territory.

I used to work as a professional astrologer and pieces of that work continue through my current work with Natural Time and Intuition and Time as a Felt Experience, with Body as Timer.  I let go of working more fully with astrology because it seems to me that we are, collectively, working with a much bigger canvas now than our solar system. It seems to me that we are working with systems way beyond what is known. By systems, I mean galactic and supergalactic spirals of cosmic community. We have been invited to this grand new arena, yet we do not know the territory. We learn as we go.

As a way of dealing with multidimensional living, I do, occasionally, look at my own chart and have awareness of major transits as they occur in real time.  One of the major transits that I have going on now, personally, has traditionally been associated with depression. It is a reformative energy on the emotional life, this I know. This transit has had one layer of the multilayer effect of multidimensional life now and that contributing effect takes me to rock bottom where the only viable option is to walk in the forest of surrender.

Angst, yes, momentarily, however, also a gift. This most recent experience of surrender has helped me release me from willfulness, force and effort. Ah, yes. If only. In my current state, I have had to let go of thinking that I have answers for major life choices, like living here, there, where? In my current state of accepted surrender, my recourse is to keep moving through each moment with the inner inquiry of “What’s next.” Where is the energy for me in this moment? What calls my attention for focus? Where do I feel alignment? Each choice has to be consciously considered and long-term planning is not operational.

Choice-making

In everyone’s life there are myriad choices regarding what can bring happiness, what can bring joy, what can bring money, what can bring fulfillment, what can bring connection. In my personal life, with this collective, unprecedented shift of dimensional consciousness, I pay attention to what has my awareness, I offer daily prayer for dissolution of the veil between conscious and unconscious and I ask and listen regarding what has life for me and what does not have life for me.

I ask for help, from my Soul, from the New Field, from Life, to breathe through the rocks and hard places, breath through the angst, breath through the FEAR, breath through not knowing. With all that breathing, I notice that I am still standing. It is not easy, yet there are moments of relief, release, wonder and informed direction.

It helps to pay attention to the things that matter to me.  For instance, there was a communal invitation this week was to participate in a labyrinth walk, part of World Labyrinth Day. I have walked labyrinths before and while this spiritual practice has not been a personal path for me, I did want to participate in this local event.

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Art work by Aureal Williams

Our group was blessed by a facilitator who knows labyrinth walking. He suggested that we start our walk with an intentional prayer and work with the 3 Rs, Release as we go in; Receive as we are at the Center; Return (to wholeness) on the walk out. Being in active surrender mode now, the release part was comforting. In the center of the labyrinth that we walked, there is a bench. As I reached the center, I sat on the bench, deeply kissed by the sun, and I asked to receive. Information came pouring through the sunrays and up through the encircled Earth and through the silent care of community. It was magnificent.  Answers did come, pieces of the big puzzle of a personal life, sustaining filaments threading to next moments.

Our lives are unfolding in sometimes angst-filled ways, not unlike earlier times in everyone’s life. Yet now, the path is uncharted and long term planning seems defunct. We are doing this new life piece by piece, choice by choice. It hurts if we try to get too far ahead of ourselves because then we are taken away from the moment, where the information is. I was driven to the ground of surrender and I did surrender. It seems that this is the beginning of a new world, not the end. With each surrender, and based on my own inner sensate volition, my own, sharply honed inner truth discerning of “Yes, this does have life for me or no, thank you, I pass,” I align with this greater canvas of uncharted territory, this bigger picture that is dancing us into our new life.

Like so many others, I thought this process would be over by now, that we would have reached the land of Nirvana and life would be easy, breezy and effortless. I have been on this path since the Harmonic Convergence of August, 1987 and the “payoff” always seems just around the corner. As I experienced in the labyrinth walk, the corners keep turning.

How about you and your life challenges now? Is surrender part of the currency of your life, too? Do share your surrender story in the comments below.

Letting Go, Part II

                          

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Photo by Aureal Williams

As referenced in last week’s post, letting go of judgement, (or any other human reaction, like anger, jealousy, you name it), has the effect of opening up multidimensional space. I liked last week’s visceral experience of unfettered spaciousness and wanted more, so, this week, I continued the experiment of releasing judgment.

What was new to me in this experiment was that in the process of letting go of judgement, I also let go of expectations. I was open to the moment. Free of the conceptual sense of separation that comes from judging and the subsequent inner organ twisting of trying to control something, I was able to simply bear witness to what was actually happening, and not try to make a situation different than what it was. The result was more freedom, less inner and mental constriction and more support from a Loving Universe that I could have ever imagined.

The experiences of releasing conditioned reactive responses, no matter what they are, reveal the lie of conditioned response: compensation for feelings of not being good enough, low self-esteem, or feelings of lack. Conceptual thinking and reactive responses are limiting and they cut us off at the pass to spaciousness and Light. Yet, conceptual thinking and reactive responses are learned conditioning to earlier feelings of rejection or feeling like we are not enough.

One way to live in the moment with full access to 5D wholeness, and free from the separating experiences of 3D, is to consistently connect with the strong core of our essential goodness. We meet this essential goodness, repeatedly, in the experience of open space. The open space that is free of conceptual thinking and conditioned responding, like the sky in the photo at the top of this post. There is such a space and we can have it and live it whenever we want.

Coming to a consistent, living connection with one’s own unwavering core of goodness is a process. I have been in my own process with this core connection of goodness for at least the past 48 years, and many lifetimes before this one. Lots process with lots of people and many modalities.

What is different now, though, is that the 5th Dimension of holographic harmony is accessible and quick. Veils between visible and invisible worlds and between conscious and unconscious mind are thinning. Insights occur like lightening, fast and to the point.

We can be informed in each moment and it is through our physical sensing — does this feel right to me or not, does this have life for me or not — that we find our way.

We simply cannot know beyond each moment; that is how 5D works. We have the choice to bring entangled conceptual thinking and/or emotional bindings of conditioned responses, like judgement, with us or we can recognize the quicksilver insights and release into the moment, into the presence of not knowing and allowing. We can have the experience of the unfettered sky. It does not have to be hard and if we simply ask and reach, we might find it easy, with continual unfolding guiding our uncharted path.

I once had a phenomenal improvisational acting teacher whose mantra to us, before we got up on stage, was, “Breathe and speak.” For 5D access, we might amend this and say “Breathe and feel,” or “Breathe and release,” or, essentially, “Breathe and be.” Unconditioned presence in the moment, connected to our central core of goodness, the true, legitimate longings of our Soul, we can be met with the feeling of support from All That Is and the invincible feeling of being part of.

If you are inclined to have an experiment with unlimited spaciousness, too, one suggestion is to start small. Notice one conditioned reactive response you have within your life experience and work with it consciously, tenderly and patiently. If you do choose to do this, I would love to hear how it goes, in the comments below or in a private email, as you wish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superior Self-Care

The 5th Dimension does not support a linear experience of time. This means that plotting and planning, one step in front of the other, one piece of the puzzle in alignment with the next, are not viable options right now. The 5D experience is neither rational, nor logical, yet things come together in amazing and synchronous ways. With 5D, we consciously choose, based on authentic needs and desires specific to each moment. This means that we need to get out of our head and feel our way through life. Does this work for me now? What do I need and want now? What is my choice now? Questions like these help us discern our way within the holographic experience of 5D living.

One experience that cannot be delayed in life in 5D is superior self-care. For optimal functioning, best results, we have to take full and authentic care of ourselves. This means that we pay attention to what we are feeling, needing and wanting. Patterns of low self-esteem and feelings of undeserving get in the way of superior self-care. There is no room in 5D living for low self-esteem or feelings of not being good enough.

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Low self-esteem, feelings of being unworthy are imprints of past conditioning and they are not based on the truth of us; rather they are based on adaptations that we had to make in 3D living. 5D supports another experience of living that knows Self as worthy, good enough and deserving of superior self-care.

A practice of superior self-care is vital to functioning in 5D.Thinking about the future clogs present fulfillment and thinking about the past blocks present momentum. We know this, yet how do we live present moment awareness when we have to function in jobs and families and social commitments that still seem to be operating in the duality, the good/bad consciousness of 3D?

Conscious breathing within each moment is one of the best ways to stay in the moment. Awareness of our sensate experience within each moment also supports presence. What am I feeling, what are the energies around me now, are they supportive and resonant or not? How do your keep your energy full and fluid enough to keep that question current?

Our bodies, according to many people who write about the 5th Dimension, are becoming more light filled and less dense. Our dreams are even changing. What we eat, how we sleep, how we tend to legitimate emotional needs of quiet and silence, of connection with others who are resonant with our energies, how we stay sparked and alive with interest and curiosity, how we move our bodies, how we engage with nature are all components of superior self-care and the challenge is to meet all of these needs thoroughly and with love.

Ignoring hunger, ignoring the discomfort of a craving, ignoring constant audio stimulation that blocks sweet silence, resisting periods of doing nothing by staying busy, overworking, over- or under-engaging in social connection, inertia of body movement are all detriments to superior self-care. This is not about being perfect; it is about being authentic and listening to your heart, soul and body through each moment, each day.

Sometimes, one is required to stay engaged with others when a little alone time or silence is what one needs, such as in the case of parenting. Or being on deadline with an important work project. Or having to overwork to pay the rent. The demand to meet these commitments is real. Conscious breathing helps. So does learning relaxation techniques and using them, in the moment. Looking out the window at the sky can help. Smiling helps. Self-talk can help; saying something like, “I have to do this now and I do this with as much grace and ease as I can muster and I know that everything changes. One day, my circumstances will be different.”

I have heard it said that the 6th Dimension is the realm of majic. If we can be present with our selves in 5D living, through conscious presence of how we are feeling in each moment, through feelings of worthiness and positive self-regard that automatically result in superior self-care, through an experience of Body as Timer, time as fluid and internal rather than mechanical and external, through the release of duality and hierarchy, we open to multidimensional living. We engage with the living Field of energy that surrounds us, inside and out, and we create majic, without concern of past or future. We release the pressure valve and sense and feel into the moment. From there we can be informed of better, truer choices that help us find our way, with humour and joy, through the demand commitments of our life. There is only this moment and this moment is alive with information and release of pressure. Breathe, Be, Sense, Feel Now.

Magnetism

On a recent 80% humidity afternoon, after a long day’s work, I set out in search of organic bing cherries, a produce that is in short supply this season because of the heavy spring rains. I was in a daze from the heat and humidity and under the best of circumstances, my directional abilities are challenged. On this particular day, I drove past an exit and didn’t realize it. I kept going and missed another exit. I eventually ended up on a stretch of highway that led me home, however, miles away from my intended destination, the part of town that was likely to have organic cherries. It was around 7 PM on a Saturday evening and the sweltering heat deterred me from driving further in search of the cherries.

 

As I looped on to the exit and headed home, I saw a store that I shop at infrequently. I decided to stop there and see what kind of organic produce they might have. As I entered the produce section, I saw overflowing bags of deep ruby red organic cherries. With gratitude and delight, I hooped and hollered a victory dance! I bought three bags and one week later, I am still enjoying these cherries.

 

Has this happened to you, where you set out for something, encounter a detour, get frustrated and then realize what is playing out is actually for the better? Despite “getting lost,” I did meet up with what I was after. I have no idea if the stores I originally planned to shop that day would have yielded organic cherries. I did go to those stores the next day and they had none.

 

As someone who works with energy frequencies and the vibrational wisdom of the body, this is an example of how the sensate body, and not the mind, is pilot these days. I accomplished my mission because I surrendered to a part of me that was in sync with the larger field. Despite “getting lost,” that larger field directed me to where the organic cherries were, even though my conscious mind thought I had to look for them elsewhere.

 

It felt to me like majic at play. In reality, an interplay of seen and unseen, known and unknown, fulfills authentic needs and wants.  I had an authentic want for organic, hard-to-find produce. Somehow, my body and soul, in connection with the larger energy field, knew what my mind didn’t – where the organic cherries were for me that day. I just had to let go of what I thought I knew and open to receive what I had wanted.

 

As I embrace living an intutive life, I am better served when I let go of self-recrimination, negative self-talk such as blame for missing an exit, and open to the mystery, majic and abundance of what is actually unfolding.

 

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