This morning I heard a solitary conch blow in the distance.
Someone somewhere was evoking the Gods. Invoking blessings, peace, health and happiness. Purifying the atmosphere with its vibrations, ringing out the primordial sound “Om’ into the atmosphere. Removing the darkness bit by bit.
Someone somewhere was praying for all of us.
And to that someone somewhere, I will always be grateful. And I pray their prayers are heard.
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya | Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya | Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya | Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
Meaning: 1: Om, (O Lord) Keep me not in (the Phenomenal World of) Unreality, but make me go towards the Reality (of Eternal Self), 2: Keep me not in (the Ignorant State of) Darkness, but make me go towards the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge), 3: Keep me not in (the World of) Mortality, but make me go towards the World of Immortality (of Self-Realization), 4: Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.
PC was the the little boy in preschool who was happiest when he was drawing and coloring. He drew mountains. He drew the sun. He drew fishes, and flowers and rivers and waterfalls. He dreamt of shiny stars and swirling leaves. His teachers loved him.
“Oh he’s such a sensitive child, the other day I had a bandage around my finger and he came up and kissed it and told me I’d be fine” said one teacher.
Another laughed and remarked “Cheerful little creature. Always ready to lend a helping hand”
“And there’s wisdom too. Almost as if he’s divine, the things he says….” the Principal leaned forward to listen about the Page of Cups”
“The other day I was teaching the class about washing hands. They were standing in a queue waiting for their turn on the taps. When his turn came he soaped his hands, shut the tap and turned to me and said. “I am saving water for my children”
With the rising anxiety levels around all of us, it’s hard not to get affected by the news, views and the forwards. Meditation, exercise and taking frequent breaks from social media and the News and drawing can help bring peace and clarity.
Art can be especially therapeutic in times like these. An effective way to release built up stress, alleviate depression and bring clarity and focus, a simple box of crayons and paints is a wonderful and peaceful way to release whatever it is that is bubbling inside all of us. And if you don’t have access to colour, just doodle the stress out.
As the panic spreads in irrational ways across the world, as newscasters scream out the headlines, as losses rise, it’s getting harder to stay unaffected
And when I turned to my deck this morning for further answers, the cards seemed to point at healing and renewal for everyone at every level.
At first glance the spread is pointing at Historical times. We are all living in a time where nothing’s been like this before and nothing will ever stay the same again. Megachanges – be it in the form of climate disruptions, destruction of forests, extinction of many species and losses economically over the past few years have been leading upto this. The Coronavirus of 2020 will go down in history as the turning point for the world at every level – mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually.
Situation – Intuition Reversed.
When we stop listening to our instincts and allow ourselves to get drowned in the multiple voices of fear and alarm, we go into a state of paranoia. Fences go higher. And fear based behaviour takes over. People go irrational as they start fist fighting for the last bag of toilet roll, or they make claims of curing coronavirus with body fluids or start using sanitary napkins as masks. More cases of Anxiety and Depression and the effects of prolonged isolation will affect interpersonal behaviour across the world. Yes, yes we know all this.
But how do we fight this?
From inside, and here’s what has helped me deal with the info overload and I hope it helps you.
Deep breathing relieves anxiety. Try inhaling slowly to a count of 6, holding your breath and exhaling to a count of 6. Do it as an SOS or during
Limit your time watching the news and reading the forwards on social media. If it’s affecting you detox for a few days.
Spend more time with Nature. Have your coffee in the park. Tend to your houseplants. Eat more fruits with vitamin C. Keep washing your hands
Do something for a cause you believe in. Feed a hungry soul. Go beyond yourself , feel compassion.
Challenges over the next 6 months (March -September 2020) – Material and Spiritual Prosperity and Spiritual Union Reversed
Such a powerful card in a position of challenge points towards greater economic losses for industries across borders. Spending and saving habits will change. Currency rates will drop. And divisions will increase in terms of travel restrictions, trade restrictions, racism and acts of violence as multiple groups try to claim their power or assert their rights. Fear will incite extreme behaviour in individuals and communities. Again the answer is inside all of us. Identify your triggers. Take a reality check of your finances, plan expenditure wisely, detox regularly from social media and toxic people and find your space of calm. Metta meditations are beautiful and effective and involve sitting in a meditative space saying
“I am healthy. I am safe. I am at peace” then thinking of someone or some people and saying “We are healthy. We are safe. We are at peace.” help induce states of positive calm within. And raise the planetary vibrations from a space of darkness to light.
Outcome after 6 months (September 2020-September 2021) – Firm Foundation, Recognition and Renewal
Energies will reconsolidate and recalibrate. The turning point begins slowly on a positive note. More cases of Healing, Recovery. Significant advances in Medical Discoveries. New alliances between nations. More sale of weapons. renewed demands on oil. New Trade laws. Travel routes open up. Shift in School and University timings and modes of teaching. More Plant Based Diets. Establishment of new organisations in the field of health, mental health. New sources of income. Younger and younger leaders getting elected.
(This reading was completed at 1.18pm 11 March 2020 and was based on whatever I read, saw and sensed during the time of writing. )
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The Tarot gives an indication of your life as it exists in the present moment and how it is most likely to evolve based on your present patterns of belief. The insights are based on whatever energies are around you right now and if these energies change, so might the outcome. At the end of it, we as human beings do control our destiny and are responsible for our decisions. We possess supreme free will. And we must never take the pronouncements to be carved in stone.
As anxiety levels rise in our lives so must our precautions. Whether it’s the News which affects us, or the uncertainty around, it is in the knowing that “this too shall pass” which will allow us to clear these times. Our bodies too have been naturally designed to help us release built up stress and fear in the simplest and most natural manner with our breaths.
When we are stressed or afraid, our breathing is rapid and shallow. Our bodies tense up and our blood pressure increases with lesser amounts of oxygen. Some of us feel nauseous or dizzy and unable to stay still.
Conscious breathwork, or calming breath techniques offer immediate relief. Be they in the form of Pranic Breathing, Chi Breath or just simple long deep breaths which help.
Here’s what has helped me and many other over the years when the anxiety levels begin to go up.
Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed.
Make yourself comfortable.
Focus on your breath. (You will be distracted by thoughts, but keep returning to your breath)
Inhale deeply extending your stomach to a count of 6.
Pause for a count of 3.
Exhale slowly, retracting your stomach to a count of 6.
Within 90 seconds a palpable difference is felt. Blood pressure normalises and a space of inner calm can be felt as your thoughts go quiet and you focus only on your breath and slowly realise this too shall pass.