Are You the Witness Today?

Every moment we have a choice: get caught up in what’s happening, OR be the Witness of what’s happening.

Getting caught up can look like anxiety, fear, anger, shame, guilt, grief, jealousy, disappointment.

Being the Witness can look like Peace, Patience, Understanding, Acceptance, Gratitude, Compassion, Love, Happiness.

Are you the Witness today?

 

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Parts Work for Difficult Emotions

Are you in regular communication with all of the different parts of yourself? Did you know that talking with your different parts can help you to navigate difficult emotions?

Parts Work means just what it says: working with your parts!

Parts Work is an effective technique for working with grief, anger, anxiety, fear, shame, jealousy, and any other difficult emotion. You pretty much just have conversations with all the different parts of you. So, you say, “Hey, angry part of myself, what’s going on? Why are you so angry?” And then you listen to the response before recognizing that the angry part is just one part of your wholeness. You then dialogue with a more positive, happy part to see how they are doing. I mean, why is that part still feeling so happy even though the other part is so angry?

Isn’t it so interesting and fascinating to examine how complex we are as feeling beings?

Parts Work helps to develop your strong inner coach, the one who can rally your parts into teams that support each other to work it all out. Parts Work also increases your Self-Love, because it helps you to understand all of your parts and to have compassion for them.

Have you experienced the healing benefits of working with your parts? Or are you new to this practice? Please share in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

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The Power of Intention is StarFire Awesome!

In a recent blog, “Guided Imagery Exercise for Difficult Emotions” I shared that I am carrying a deep grief in my heart. Well, the last week of February I got slammed with a grief wave that affected me on every level. I felt miserable, with back pain, neck pain, exhaustion, headaches, upset stomach, extra sensitivity (even more than my usual HSP-ness!), dizziness, depression, irritability, and anxiety. I cried often and I felt quite a bit of despair, fearing that I will never recover from the grief.

Have you ever felt that miserable?

So then on March 1st, I was feeling a tad better and I gathered my wits and set some intentions. I posted my “keywords for March” on Facebook: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Peace, & Grace… And then… something amazing happened. The very next day I felt those keywords actualizing in my being. I truly felt Acceptance, Forgiveness, Peace, & Grace… I felt so much more clear about everything, and I felt at peace with my whole past. I said out loud, “I accept and bless everything that has happened in my life.”

Gratitude was ringing in every cell. It was as if I had passed through a dark portal, like a brutal shamanic journey through excruciating pain, and popped out the other side into the radiant orange light!

Wow, I am telling you, if you don’t already know (and reminding you if you do know), that the power of intention is StarFire Awesome! The next time you’re going through a dark portal, remember to set some positive keywords (and share them with others to give them even more power), and then be amazed by the results! Holy Coconut Shells, it is so awesome to feel at peace with your past. I wish this for you also.

And, we are human and ever-changing. Our emotions rise and fall like ocean waves, which means that I may still have more work to do on Acceptance and Forgiveness. But for now I’m enjoying this state of Peace & Grace… And I’m feeling hopeful, willing, and curious for what is next…

How are you feeling today?

 

image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

Guided Imagery Exercise for Difficult Emotions

Are you dealing with any anxiety, fear, anger, or grief? If yes, this guided imagery exercise will help you to ride the waves of those difficult emotions until they shift or dissolve.

Sit or lie down in a quiet spot. Take a few relaxing breaths, and then begin. First, tune in and notice where you feel the emotion in your body. Second, ask yourself what that emotion feels like, looks like, and sounds like. What color is it? What texture? Is it heavy or light? What shape is it? Does it make a sound? And third, using your imagination, create a healing antidote, and notice what it feels like, looks like, and sounds like.

For example, let’s say you are feeling some anger passing through your system, and when you tune in, you feel it in your gut. It feels gripping, and you notice that it looks like heavy black tar with spikes. The shape reminds you of a panther’s head. There is a growling sound, as if it might jump out and bite you. So now create a healing antidote to this angry cat in your gut. You might imagine a warm glistening white light entering your belly and surrounding the black tar. This white light is soft and dreamy like floating clouds, yet it carries a strong healing energy. It settles down over the black image, and as it does so, you might notice that the black tar begins to shrink. Bathed in the healing energy of the white light, the anger begins to fade.

This exercise can be done repeatedly until the difficult emotion shifts or dissolves altogether. After you try this out, please come back here and share your experiences in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

To illustrate this exercise further, here is another example. I made up the first example, but the following one comes from my life. I am carrying a grief in my heart that is so deep I often wonder if it will ever heal. Recently while lying on the Amethyst Crystal Biomat, this guided imagery arose:

The grief in my heart is like sharp heavy stones covered with thick mud… and now a bright orange radiant light is entering my heart… it is like warm, smooth, orange stones… and fragrant orange flowers… and sparkling orange jewels… and glittering orange stars… and it is shining and glowing so bright like a warm healing fire… and day by day it is taking over my heart, so that little by little those sharp, heavy, muddy stones are falling out of my heart, down into the earth… down into the hot ball of iron at the center of the earth, where they are exploding and burning up in the hot iron… and, more and more I am healing in the radiant orange light that is spreading in my heart and throughout my whole being… and it is radiating out to all the beings in all the realms…. 

Can you feel it?

 

 

Image credit: NASA/ESA/Andrew C. Fabian

Staying Well With Guided Imagery

“Working its magic deep inside your body… moving with deliberate intelligence to the hidden places where pain and disappointment are stored… right to the center of the heaviness… and feeling the spaces loosen and lighten as you breathe into them… sensing the beginnings of energy awakening… old sparks returning…”

That passage appears in “Depression Imagery” in an excellent book called Staying Well With Guided Imagery: How to Harness the Power of Your Imagination for Health and Healing* by Belleruth Naparstek. Later in that section she writes, “attuned once more to the brightness of your own being…”

In addition to the imagery for relieving depression, in this book you will find guided imagery to help with anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, grief, physical pain, high blood pressure, immune system disorders, headaches, allergies (whether they appear in the respiratory system, the digestive tract, or the skin), emotional issues, spiritual and energetic support, and more.

In only 216 pages you will become your own expert on how to gently heal yourself using guided imagery, which the author explains as “any perception that comes through any of the senses. That means sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel.” She also highlights that in order for your guided imagery to be most effective, first you need to access an altered state in which you are both relaxed and focused, and then feel the images as sensations in your body in a multi-sensory way.

One of my favorite parts in this book is when Belleruth explains how any images in the mind, including memories, are real events to the body. She describes this through the beautiful example of remembering being on Gramma’s lap: “As far as your body is concerned, regardless of intervening years, age, or pounds, while you’re remembering all that rich, sensory detail, you’re still on Gramma’s lap. And whatever profound emotional nourishment you got there is yours to have again. Whatever neurohormones, or chemical messengers, went coursing through your bloodstream as you sat on Gramma’s lap, sending happy-to-be-alive white blood cells all through your body, these same substances get activated again. As far as your body is concerned, Gramma is forever available to love and sustain you. And so with any sweet memories…”

I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I do! After reading it, please come back here and share your experiences in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

* Please note that as of May 27th, 2019, if you purchase this book through the link in this post, Teja will gratefully receive a small commission.