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Five effective ways to transmute Fear into Possibility

Creative Fear

Five effective ways to transmute Fear into Possibility

2020 has started in epic proportions, as large-scale collective rebalancing takes place. The Australian bushfires, increase in widespread volcanic and seismic activity and now the CoronaVirus spreading at speed throughout Asia and further afield, is enough in itself for many to retreat from community and connection and lay very low. I won’t even touch on the additional anxiety that the global political environment is adding to this heady mix! People are afraid and that fear is fuelled by distrust in media reporting, leadership and the true underlying causes for these incredible world events. There’s an apocalyptic-feel to them and the images in the news are the stuff of nightmares.

By the first week in January my private energy and mentoring sessions were booked through to March. I get it! Without a spiritual framework, these events can be overwhelming for many. In the last few days I have seen twelve clients and many of them are spiralling down into ‘what ifs’, for some, to the point of obsession and generating fear-fuelled sickness in the body. Of course, from one perspective this is very understandable, especially for people whose livelihoods depends on travel and interactions with large groups. I am also needing to rethink my larger gatherings. The New Moon Lodge on Feb 23rd, The Alpha Male, in Singapore, has attracted a huge response with close to forty people registered already, which has taken us over the definition of a ‘large gathering’ and if the Singapore Govt raises the warning code from ‘yellow’ to ‘orange’ which is quite possible in coming days, I will also be looking to deliver my first virtual Lodges via the internet. The meditation courses and talks also planned for this month are ‘on watch’ too. And I have had to cancel two business trips to Shanghai recently.

From a spiritual perspective all highly-charged repeated thoughts loops are generative, that is, they influence out experienced reality, they are creative. Fear-based thought patterns are no exception. Fear has an intense psychic-weight. It is contracting to the body and energetic field and when it is expressed through repeated worry, talk, thought-loops it becomes an organising pattern. The old idiom, ‘you attract what you fear’ is not without an energetic basis. However, conversely, highly-charged positive thought loops have the same generative effect. The emotional voltage of gratitude, awe and wonder, loving kindness and compassion for example have long been universally recognised as powerful vibratory states that heal, release psychic entanglements and manifest outcomes and this is the energetic basis of creative visualisation, visioning, prayer and spell-casting.

As intense as the start to this decade is for all of us, it is also an invitation to mastery. To ride it through with some elegance and grace, here is a summary of some my top-tips for transmuting fear and fear-based thinking, into positive life-ward patterns. These are inner-energy practices, that shift the vibration of your inner state, and as our inner state and outer experienced reality are actually one self-organising system, when you consciously engage in the directorship of what vibrations and thoughts you are entertaining within, you are able to influence your life experience. These of course do not replace the sensible precautions advised by the health authorities in light of the Coronavirus, however they absolutely play a huge role in how we experience this extreme start to the year and they are  accessible energy practices for both the novice and seasoned practitioner.

KEEP IT REAL:

Our bodies respond to a fearful thought in the same way that they respond to an actual threat. The body doesn’t know the difference. Perspective is key.

Perspective can act as either a cage or a key-code to expansion.

One exercise I have been giving clients is to audit and affirm their current reality each evening before slipping off into sleep. Each night simply run through the current reality of your state and softly repeat aspects as statements of truth. ‘I am well’, ‘I am strong’, ‘my home is safe’, ‘my family is well and happy’, ‘my body feels good’, ‘my mind is calm’. Hearing statements of truth stated with clarity and presence in your own voice has an enormous evocative effect on the psyche, that shifts the inner state into truth and out of conjecture. This is an excellent circuit-breaker to habitual fear loops and can also be done throughout the day when you catch yourself freaking out.

CIRCUIT-BREAKERS:

Thought-loops carve tracks in the mind that we mindlessly follow when not present. They become habitual and constantly flood the body with stress hormones and tighten the muscles of the body, all the while contributing to a sense of dis-ease and vibrating chaotic patterns into our fields. And all habits can be reprogrammed. The first step is to consciously break the habit. Keeping it real is one way. Another beautiful circuit-breaker I use is again with a statement of command. When I catch myself spiralling to the worst possible scenario, usually about my children, I stop the thought-track and simply say to myself….’that’s a story that doesn’t have to happen!’. This is again a statement of truth. In reality anything and everything is possible. The experience field gathers, organises and collects around the energetic patterns we emanate…morphing from potentiality, to possibility into probability, the stronger and more repeated the emanation pattern.

Another slightly stronger circuit-breaker is the Buddhist Fire Mudra, which is quite simply raising the right hand in a ‘stop’ sign. This Mudra is associated with protection from low-vibe patterns and transmutation of their energy into higher states within. Again, it simply involves catching yourself in the downward thought/emotional spiral, raising the right hand upwards, outstretched arm, left hand on the heart or resting palm facing up and state with authority…’Enough! This pattern does not belong within me!’ These circuit-breakers make for a few classic scenes in the workplace or at the book club meets, but they work. To amp the effect even more, you can slip away into a bathroom and make the decree to your reflection in the mirror. The feeling of empowerment and central personal will is palpable and puts you right back into the driver’s seat of your life.

The more often we circuit-break the pattern, the weaker it gets.

CULTIVATE PRESENCE:

Our ability to ‘keep it real’ and ‘circuit-break’ unhelpful emanation patterns, depends largely on our state of presence and inner observation. Without a cultivated ability to dwell in present awareness we can spend up to 42% of our waking day running our mental tracks, and the psychologists conclude we tend to run the not so happy tracks. Meditation, in whatever form you choose cultivates an inner space between our interface with experienced reality and our response to it. It shifts us from reactive living to responsive and ultimately creative living. It keeps us well and vital, which naturally engenders a greater sense of wellbeing and stability. Breath meditation and pranayama techniques have an additional effect of cleansing the front brain, synchronising the central nervous system and running higher levels of vital life force through the energy body, which in turn bolsters immune function, enables higher vibratory states and intuition. The stronger Pranayamas of Kapalbhati and Bastrika Breath are excellent for transmuting fear. Heart-centred meditations like Gratitude Contemplation, Metta and Tonglen, to name a few of my favourites, are proven to boost immune function and transmute dense lower vibrations into high harmonious emanations. (Refs at the end of this article).

SMUDGE WELL! SMUDGE OFTEN!

The ancient act of smudging is known for its cleansing and protective qualities. Certain botanicals when burnt emit anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties into the environment. Perhaps the best known of these is sage. In esoteric practice, smoke is a liminal substance, that is, it plays both a physical and spiritual cleansing role. It works on both sides of ‘the veil’ – the mundane and the spiritual, the particle and the wave, the inner and the outer. The act of smudging is often associate with cleansing of spaces and objects, yet in my experience it is a powerful transformer of inner-states too. Our home space particularly is a powerful metaphor and extension of our inner state. We all instinctively know this, by how we experience inner shifts with the annual Spring clean-out, or introducing new colour threads through our space, or introduce scent, plants and order.

The home, is quite literally, where the heart is; and the heart is the seat of our Spirits. Of course, just with any magical workings, if it’s done from a state of fear and panic, it does nothing more than consolidate the unhelpful inner state. However, when it is done as a sacred act from a place of sovereign command, it vastly alters everything. It harmonises chaos patterns which so often present in the home space in sickness, turbulent sleep, low depressive moods, unsettled children and what we might perceive as ‘bad luck’. (Downloadable smudging guidelines at the end of this article).

GET HELP WHEN OVERWHELMED:

I have enormous respect for the clients that recognise they need some help to transmute fear patterns and book-in for a session. Intuitive Healing and Mentoring with a solid practitioner can have an immediate effect. The energy work circuit-breaks and resets emanation patterns and the intuitive read and mentoring can help to establish a new paradigm based on spiritual principles that raises the inner state and vibration into a life-ward force. Very often our fear-patterns are based in belief systems that we have inherited from our tribal culture and early experiences and observations. Once the root of the fear tendency is brought to light in the session, our awareness alone can be enough to dissolve it and replace it with an expanded belief based in knowledge and if necessary I always suggest a simple home ritual to ‘close the loop’ on the shift and establish it as a new foundation.

Beautiful, sacred, powerful…just as we are designed to operate.

2020 is calling us to raise our game, to choose what we stand for and believe in and to come into as fuller lived understanding of our true nature. It’s a lot like an intense tutorial in Spirit-school! We have the choice, always. I’m choosing mastery…are you in?

For more information on anything mentioned in this article, mentoring, meditation guidance and Intuitive Healing, remote and on-site, or more effective ways transmuting fear into possibility, get in touch at info@daniellevandevelde.com

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The Meditation Pill

The Meditation Pill
Is the ‘magic pill mentality’ hijacking your inner game? 

Modern living has an incredible effect on our mentality. Constant real-time information relayed 24/7 through a multitude of channels has us skimming the surface of social and world events. The current click-bait headlines and ‘high-alert’ reporting is jizzling the senses…constantly. Social media platforms and gaming that offer instant acknowledgement and gratification have the neuro-scientists confirming their addictive qualities. And the gadgets through which this constant stream is entering our systems mess with our pineal gland and natural sleep/waking patterns.

Loaded onto this usual state of affairs is the extreme world anxiety that all of us are exposed to currently, whether through the media, the mind-blowing statistics of COVID 19, or through the necessary isolation measures we are now adhering to, to flatten the curve. And the increased screen time as we are operating our jobs, businesses, online learning and households, and resultant shifts in security, are certainly taking their toll.

Western medicine’s approach to immediate alleviation of symptomatic discomfort has us popping pills to keep going, rather than listening to our body’s cues for nourishment, rest and restoration. We are trained into seeking instant and easy results to discomfort, so as not to slow things down.

We can be so caught up in the race itself, that we lose the thrill of the experience; the magic of the journey; the enjoyment of our ability and strengths.

Currently there is an intense amount of ‘isolation productivity pressure’; to emerge from COVID, 19 fluent in Spanish, cooking cordon-bleu meals and having mastered a yogic headstand.

The constant pressures to survive and succeed currently have us engaged in a linear, goal-oriented mind-set that creates a dissipation to the present moment and the journey and that require quick fixes to keep up.

We have a magic-pill-mentality.

Ironically, this fast-paced, sensory-overloaded, materialistic focus, and its resultant impact on our health and wellbeing is what is bringing so many people to meditation and inner practice. However, the magic-pill-mentality is possibly the main reason why so many people’s attempts are hijacked.

I see the magic-pill-mentality is various guises in my meditation classes and private sessions and it’s the first thing that has to be addressed if the student is to adopt the natural organic art of meditation into their lives. I am often asked if it’s possible to ‘fast-track’ the mastery of meditation. I even had one very focussed senior executive who engaged me for private coaching, offer me a bonus

if I could achieve this for him. Coming from a corporate background myself, I totally recognised the mindset, but it did make me giggle.  

I was once engaged for a private session with a mother and daughter to teach some basic meditation practices to help with the girl’s anxiety issues. Weeks later the mum commented to me that the session ‘didn’t work’. They hadn’t meditated once since I saw them.

On occasion I see keen seekers wanting to enter the world of meditation teaching and healing. Some frequent many courses and workshops and allow little time for integration or personal practice. They’re seeking the vernacular and concepts and the ‘appearance’ of mastery. This mimicry, rather than instructing from a place of genuine knowledge, is why many don’t see their classes take-off.

Motivation and mindset in meditation are just as important as practising the meditation techniques.

There’s a huge difference between determination to commit to the art and the practice, and ambition to achieve results. Determination is essential to mastering the art and to experiencing the amazing life-affirming changes it creates. Ambition is attached to perceived outcomes and usually flags either a misunderstanding of what meditation actually is, or an ulterior motivation to engaging with the practice in the first place.

There are now plenty of studies that prove the dazzling results that regular practice yields, initially on our physiology and then our experience of self and life.

Brain structure and brain wave patterning alter, body-chemistry, cardio-rhythm, blood pressure and the central nervous system regain balance. However, like any re-training in any system, it requires a daily approach. It’s a bit like training for fitness. One massive effort at the gym may feel good, but it doesn’t create lasting changes to form and fitness. Only daily exercise does.

It’s the same with meditation. At first it requires effort, a push towards establishing the practice and mastering technique, and thankfully that process is a quick one, as the system starts to recognise the movement inwards and neural pathways form to create ‘the habit’ of meditation.

A dedicated minimum of ten minutes a day will yield these shifts in a relatively short amount of time. 

What I find exquisite, is that the physiological changes that regular meditation allows, all enable deeper and more profound experiences of meditation. We are designed to do it, and here-in lies the perspective that works with meditation.

Meditation is engaging in a natural process within our organic physical and energetic system. It brings connection with and balance to our patterns and cycles because it creates inner space and stillness and when we dwell in this state, regularly, our systems

naturally reach for harmony. Meditation connects us to our vibratory energetic self and it is here that we sense broader fields of energy and information.

Forcing our way through meditation sits on the hunt for the illusive inner peace, is a bit like playing a basketball game with all our attention on the scoreboard, it yields nothing as we miss the game.

However, when we turn our attention to the love of the game, the movement and energy, the scoreboard looks after itself.

But the deeper game of meditation is the understanding that arises of ourselves and also the ability to choose new directions and perspectives of self and life. Regular practice creates a mindful default state, a shift from reactive to responsive engagement with life. When that pause-point between the external trigger or situation and the internal reaction establishes, we respond with discernment and most importantly choice.  We have the inner space to start to recognise patterned behaviours and the underlying beliefs or perspectives that are holding these patterns in place.

Once we can see the repeated experiences and reactions and we have the inner space to respond, we can lay down our weapons of reactive attack and blame and ask ourselves authentically, what is it that I am holding that’s making me react this way?

Do I continue to hold this, or do I choose a different perspective? It always comes down to a choice. This is the ultimate blessing of our free-will.

Meditation and inner practices like energetic healing are ways to navigate our inner-terrain and to come to know and love that landscape. They enable us to work with our innate spiritual design. They are not the end game and they are not magic pills. They are keys to acknowledging that we are far more that what our modern world dictates and when we come into this realisation, we enter into the beauty and mystery of Self and Spirit, and it is then that we heal.

One of my favourite writers about this very thing is Bob Sharpels. From his book Meditation: Calming the Mind, he writes it in a nutshell:

“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love”.

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