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Beat The Seasonal Blues With The Bach Flower Remedies On Soundcloud

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It’s that time of year again!  The cold air is descending upon us and many in the US experienced their first snow of the season this weekend.  The daylight hours are quickly getting shorter.  Darkness is beginning to reign supreme from now through the Winter Solstice, the most Yin time of year.   Energetically, we, too, are shifting just as nature is.  As we are moving toward a more Yin/Inner state it is not uncommon to experience a sense of feeling out of balance or what some folks call “the seasonal blues”.

During times of seasonal changes, and particularly in the colder, darker winter months, it is important to honor our own natural rhythms, to take extra time for self-care and get plenty of rest.  It’s also good to find tools that support an experience of balance and well-being.  Last year around this time, I shared a post on How To Beat The Seasonal Blues With The Bach Flower Remedies.  The Bach Flower Remedies are one of the resources in my holistic toolbox that I have utilized both personally and professionally for over 15 years.  I find them an incredible support for adjusting to seasonal changes and “the blues” that may come this time of year or anytime.

Last February, I offered a free teleseminar on this topic, which offers an introduction to the Bach Flower Remedies and explores the information shared in the post.  I’ve just added that to Soundcloud for you to explore as we move into this winter season.  As always, I’d love to hear your experiences with the Bach Flower Remedies and feel free to ask any questions related to the post or the teleseminar in the comments below. Enjoy!

Beth Terrence is a BFRP (Bach Flower Registered Practitioner) through The Bach Centre in the UK.  She began using the remedies during her holistic recovery from Fibromyalgia.  After experiencing such amazing healing support personally in her recovery from Fibromyalgia and Trauma, she became a practitioner of Bach Flower Remedies in 1998.  She continues to utilize this powerful tool in her work with individual clients as well as a community educator and retail trainer for Nelsons, the international distributor of the Bach Flower Remedies.  Beth is available for individual Bach Flower Remedy consultations in person in the MD/DC area and via Phone/Skype.  Learn more about Beth’s work with the Bach Flower Remedies and Integrative Holistic Healing Programs at www.bethterrence.com.      

Bach Flower Of The Month: Sweet Chestnut ~ Easing Anguish & Sorrow

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The Bach Flower Remedy System Of Healing is composed of 38 different flower essences developed by the visionary Dr. Edward Bach.  The system is based on Dr. Bach’s philosophy developed from learning that came through a long career in medical research, working as a physician and from spiritual studies.   This simple, yet powerful approach is based on the idea that humans are all innately perfect and at the core are spiritual beings.

Dr. Bach saw disease as the result of a conflict between our spiritual and mortal selves.  He held that in order to achieve health, happiness and ease of well-being, we must be in harmony with our own essential nature and follow the path that we feel most called to in our lives and our work.   According to Dr. Bach, 

“Disease is the reaction to interferences.  This is temporary failure and unhappiness and this occurs when we allow others to interfere with our purpose in life and implant in our minds doubt, or fear, or indifference.” 

After many years of treating patients, Dr. Bach abandoned all conventional medical treatments instead choosing to use nature’s “medicine”.  He felt that the healing benefits of flowers and plants were a divine gift and that no special knowledge or medical training was needed to find relief from suffering.  He believed it was necessary to treat the whole person not the disease and he defined seven main categories of imbalances which include:

  • Fear 
  • Uncertainty
  • Insufficient Interest In Present Circumstances
  • Loneliness
  • Oversensitivity To Influences & Ideas
  • Despondency Or Despair
  • Over-Care For The Welfare Of Others

He also identified seven stages in healing disease:

  • Peace
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Faith
  • Love
  • Certainty
  • Wisdom
  • Love

The Bach Flower Remedies bring these positive qualities vibrationally into our energy field and help to transmute interferences and limiting patterns, feelings and beliefs so that we may connect with our true essence of perfection.

In my work as a Bach Flower Remedy practitioner over the last 15 years, I have come to see 5 specific remedies as being beneficial for what we might term “depressive” feelings.  I’d like to stress that in the Bach System and other holistic modalities, we look at indicating factors but are not treating based on a diagnosis whether for a physical or mental health related condition.  Rather, we are addressing the whole person and looking for areas of interference or imbalance to support a return to wholeness. 

The remedies which I consider when someone reports experiencing feelings of depression are:

You can learn a bit more about each of these remedies in “How To Beat The Seasonal Blues With The Bach Flower Remedies“.

In a consultation, all aspects of a person are considered.  Often even though the motivator for seeking support may be “depressive” feelings or another specific emotional state, it is essential to consider other emotions or personality traits to ultimately uncover the root cause an individual’s suffering or discomfort. 

With 38 different remedies, there are actually over a million possible combinations and it can be beneficial to seek the support of a practitioner or take a course to initially to learn how the remedies work and how to treat with them.

It’s been a few months since I have included a Bach Flower Of The Month post.  The intention of these posts is to offer a way to learn about the remedies and explore working with them.  If you feel you need additional support, I am available for consultations by Phone/Skype or In Person in Annapolis, MD.

Today, I would like to highlight Sweet Chestnut.  This remedy is in the category of Despondency Or Despair; I would add that it is one of the stronger remedies in that category.  It’s indication according to Dr. Bach is as follows:

“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem unbearable.  When mind or body feels as if it has borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way.  When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.”

This came up for me this month when I learned of the sudden passing of a dear friend.  Like many of us, I have gone through some periods when losses were compounded.  Since then, I have found that a new loss can easily stir those feelings and at times put me into a state where I feel I have endured all I can.  Often, this state is more acute and doesn’t last too long, especially when supported with Sweet Chestnut remedy, but when we are in it – it is overwhelming.  Any state such as this may dissipate on it’s own but the remedy can help to ease through the extreme anguish that can arise.  At some point, a shift happens into a lesser state of emotion but still the feelings of loss and grief are at the surface.  This is what I experienced this month and found that by taking Sweet Chestnut I was able to move through my emotional experience more easily.  I then continued with Star of Bethlehem for loss and grief.

Here are some of the indicating factors of Sweet Chestnut:

  • Extreme mental and/or emotional anguish
  • Intense sorrow
  • Feeling you have endured all you can bear
  • Uncontrollable crying or tears
  • Feeling forsaken by God/Creator
  • On the verge of a nervous breakdown
  • Overwhelming feelings after a huge loss or life challenge
  • Fear of being abandoned
  • A sense of emptiness due to bereavement
  • Utter dejection
  • Feeling depleted of energy due to emotional overwhelm
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Overwhelming loneliness

Some of the benefits that come from working with Sweet Chestnut include:

  • Freedom from despondency and despair
  • Optimism
  • Peace of mind
  • Recovery of faith
  • Access to inner strength
  • Feeling heard and supported by God/Source
  • Ability to face external struggles with positivity

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Spring Cleaning Inside And Out, Part I

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As each season arrives, we move through a period of change and transition.  This can be seen in the natural world around us but is also something that is going on within our own selves.  By taking some time to harmonize with the energy of the season, we gain an opportunity to look at the patterns in our lives with a new perspective.  Spring, with its energy of new beginnings, can be powerful time to recreate ourselves in a more balanced and conscious way.

As Spring begins to set in the days begin to get longer, giving us more light.  We can begin to observe new growth in the natural world ~ shoots break through the previously frozen ground and buds pop up on plants and trees, all in preparation for the big Spring Bloom.  Spring is the truly the season of new growth and transformation.  With this, we may feel our energy is expanding, flowing and blossoming with new ideas. It is a perfect time to cultivate our own new beginnings and fresh perspectives so that more of our deeper essence can emerge.

According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season of the Wood Element.  The organs most active are Liver and Gall Bladder.  The color is Green.  This makes Spring an ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for our overall health and well-being.  We may tend to focus on the physical when we thing of cleansing but really there is an opportunity to do our Spring Cleaning on all levels ~ body, mind, emotion and spirit.  Here is a brief overview:

Wood element imbalances may be experienced in a variety of ways.  Let’s take a look at them from a holistic perspective:

Physical:                                                                  

  • Spinal Problems
  • Poor Flexibility
  • Headaches
  • Poor Resistance to Illness
  • Allergic Sensitivities
  • Skin Problems
  • Irritated, watery eyes
  • Muscle Fatigue and weakness

Mental:

  • Poor Judgement
  • Disorganization
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Control issues
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Lack of clarity
  • Unable to focus

Emotional:

  • Anger
  • Shouting
  • Difficulty expressing emotions
  • “Stuffing” feelings
  • Control issues
  • Feeling of overwhelm
  • Sense of separateness

Spiritual:

  • Lack of enthusiasm for life
  • Disconnected from Nature
  • Lack of spiritual connection
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Missing a sense of soul purpose

A Balanced Wood Element would experience more of the following:

  • Sense of Connectedness to Nature
  • Clarity
  • Organization
  • Energized
  • Ability & Capacity for Control
  • Spiritual Connection
  • Enthusiasm
  • Healthy Expression of Emotions, especially Anger,
  • Mentally Relaxed
  • Creative

Spring is a great time to look at your life and make a new self-care plan.  Take some time this Spring to look at how you care for yourself, consider where you may be out of balance and where you need to give greater attention to support your overall health and well-being.  Consider what you may need to let go of and what you might like to create in your life – this is what Spring Cleaning Inside and Out is all about!  Here are some questions and ideas to explore:

Physical: Are you physically healthy and active? Do you feel comfortable in you body?   Do you have health issues that limit your life? Are you eating a diet that supports you where you are and where you want to be? Is your environment open and clear or is it full of clutter?  Begin to develop a program to keep you body fit and healthy.  Take a walk for 15 to 20 minutes daily.  Try a yoga or tai chi class.  Eat a balanced diet.  Listen to the messages that your body is sending to you.  Go for a massage.  Drink plenty of water.  Fast or cleanse to detoxify and rejuvenate your body.  Clear you space.  See appropriate health care practitioners or get supports as needed.

Mental: Can you think and express yourself clearly? Are you intellectually satisfied? Does your belief system support you?   What are the beliefs you are holding on to which are limited or no longer serve you? Do you believe in yourself? Are you able to focus? Can you relax your mind?  Pay attention to your thoughts.  Look for recurring patterns to see which support your well-being and which may limit your satisfaction and fulfillment in life.  Be open to creating new ideas and beliefs that will support your growth.  Journaling is a great way to explore our beliefs and begin to explore and release thoughts, which may no longer serve us.  Give yourself recognition for your own intelligence, talents and abilities.  Celebrate yourself!

Emotional: Are you in touch with your emotions? Are you able to express your feelings appropriately? Do you allow your self to experience a full range of feelings – anger and sorrow, love and happiness, etc? Are you able to develop close and intimate relationships?   Allow yourself the time and space to connect with your feelings.   Learn to receive and acknowledge other people’s feelings, as you would want to be received.  Develop relationships that allow you to express emotions honestly and freely.  Seek a counselor or support group if you need support.  Be open to your feelings and the guidance they provide for you.

Spiritual: Do you feel connected with your own inner voice? Do you spend quiet time just “being”? Are you able to feel a sense of oneness? Do you feel a connection to Spiritual Source? God? Spiritual Community? Nature? Do you know what Spirituality means for you?  Find a spiritual practice that suits you.  Attend a spiritual service or community.  Connect with nature.  Create time and space to meditate.  Find a creative activity that allows you to express yourself more freely.  Awaken your inner self.

I hope you enjoy this exploration!  Stay tuned for Part II – I’ll be sharing some Spring tips on nutrition, cleansing and holistic tools to support balance and ease of well-being.

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Do you feel out of balance in your life?

Do you keep repeating the same patterns over and over again?

Are you struggling with a chronic issue or condition that you have been unable to change?

Do you dream of experiencing more peace, joy & ease of wellbeing?

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 Spring Into A “Whole” New You!

Integrative Transformational Healing Sessions with Beth Terrence bring together a combination of approaches and modalities that support transformation and wholeness. Sessions are collaborative with practitioner and client working together to explore and uncover areas and issues of focus that will support growth and well-being. Focused attention is given to releasing of patterns, feelings and beliefs which are out of alignment as well as visioning for a new way of being. 


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An Integrative Transformational Healing Approach utilizing a combination of holistic tools and resources can be beneficial in supporting the following areas: 

Life Transitions 
Anxiety 
Depression 
Loss & Grief 
Lifestyle Restructuring 
Emotional & Energetic Sensitivity 
Trauma & Abuse Issues 
Addiction & Recovery  
Relationships 
Self-Care 
Spirituality 
Personal Growth 
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What clients say about sessions with Beth:

“Beth Terrence is mindful, gentle and authentic. She brings great integrity to her work, having “walked through the fire” in her own life. Beth is more than a healer. She stands with you in the situation, a powerful witness to transformation. Exquisitely perceptive and intuitive, Beth embraces you with understanding and compassion. As my inner child heals, I begin to see my life change. Beth’s words are eloquent, wise and true. I have received unexpected healing just from listening to her interviews.” ~ M.J., New Britain, CT  

“Beth Terrence is an amazing guiding light with the unforced wisdom that comes through years of seeking truth in its many forms. The Bach Remedies are one of her many tools for opening you up to healing and growing into a more complete, peaceful, healthy being. Its amazing how her “prescription” for improved well being fostered a shift in perceptions and behaviors leading to greater daily satisfaction and joy.” 
~ C.B., Annapolis, MD

Spring Is Here! 

Inviting you to emerge into a new way of being.

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Bach Flower Of The Month: Star Of Bethlehem ~ The Remedy Of Comfort

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“Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.” ~ Arthur Golden

I have been feeling to bring Star Of Bethlehem into the monthly posts and now is the perfect time as the energy and support it brings can really be of benefit this time of year.  As I shared in my recent post, Autumn Tips For Happy & Healthy Living, this season is one that can bring feelings of sadness, loss and grief to the surface.  Dr. Edward Bach, creator of the Bach Flower Remedies, referred to Star of Bethlehem as “the comforter and soother of pain and sorrows”.   It is one the five remedies that is part of the well-known Rescue Remedy®, which is the only pre-made composite Bach Flower Remedy designed for use in emergencies and for acute stress and it is an essential part of any holistic medicine cabinet.

In the Bach Flower System, there is a category of remedies that are indicated for Despondency and Despair; Star of Bethlehem is in that group.  This can also be defined as remedies that may support “depressive feelings”.  I say “depressive feelings” because in the Bach Flower System and other holistic modalities, we do not treat a specific disease or condition such as depression or diabetes, but we focus on the whole person.  As Dr. Bach would say, “We treat the person, not the disease.”  These types of feelings or traits are an indicator of where a person is experiencing some type of imbalance or disharmony that needs to be addressed.

In determining what Bach Flower Remedies would best support a person, the practitioner and client work collaboratively to identify emotional states and personality traits that are present at the surface.  It is by addressing this outer layer of experience – i.e. what is at the surface or being experienced on a daily basis that we begin to access where a person is out of harmony with their soul and ultimately, the greater whole.  The remedies help to soothe our imbalances and like beautiful music, bring in vibrations that harmonize our being.  As we address one layer, then another will surface, bringing to light others areas that are in need of attention and healing.

In my own healing journey and my work with others as a practitioner over the last 15 years, I have found Star Of Bethlehem to be one that is often needed.  Star of Bethlehem is indicated when there are feelings of sorrow, grief, sadness or loss at the surface as well as when there are old losses coming up that we have not grieved.  Also, as the remedy of shock and trauma, Star Of Bethlehem is highly beneficial for anyone who has experienced trauma, and although it is this can occur in varying degrees, most people have experienced some shock or trauma that has gone unresolved in their lives.

Trauma can exist on all levels – body, mind, emotion and spirit.  And, it is something that creates an imprint in our being that often stays with us until we attend to it.  Some traumas resolve themselves naturally, however, it is not uncommon for those energetic imprints to remain and lie dormant until something triggers a re-awakening signaling it is time to be resolved.  This is often experienced when we have a loss occur and the new feelings arising tap into the great pool of unresolved loss we tend to carry within ourselves.

We may think of this only in terms of emotional trauma, but this can even be seen in the case of physical traumas or injuries when suddenly the pain or restriction of an old football injury or childhood accident resurfaces.  And, from many of the case studies of Dr. Bach, it was seen that unresolved shock and trauma on any level might later manifest into a physical condition.  Star Of Bethlehem is the remedy indicated to help resolve these patterns that may be affecting us on many levels.

Dr. Bach shared the following words about the Star Of Bethlehem remedy:

“For those in great distress, under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness.  The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident and such like.  For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.”

Here are some questions to see if Star Of Bethlehem may be beneficial for you at this time:

  • Are you experiencing feelings of sorrow, grief, sadness or loss?
  • Have you had a recent loss or one from the past that you are still struggling with?
  • Do you have a tendency toward feeling despondent?
  • Have you experienced trauma or abuse?
  • Are you working to resolve the effects of past trauma or PTSD?
  • Are you in a state of shock or numbness?
  • Do you feel a sense of agony that comes from what you have experienced?
  • Are you in a grief period or in the process of healing or grieving prior losses?
  • Do you feel like you carry a thread of sadness that won’t leave?
  • Are you experiencing a seasonal type of depression with feelings of sadness, loss and grief bubbling up?

Star Of Bethlehem has many benefits that support our ability to move through shock, trauma and loss.  Here are some of the ways this remedy can provide support:

  • Neutralizes shock in any form, current or past, from bad news, accidents, losses, etc.
  • Helps to clear and release trauma
  • Eases feelings of sorrow, grief, sadness and loss
  • Supports inner child healing
  • Brings us a deep sense of comfort
  • Helps to bring us back into the body and awaken us after shock or trauma

In thinking about losses, we tend to focus on the loss that comes through a death.  It is important to consider that there are many types of losses that can affect us – the loss of relationship, a job, a home, or a phase of life.  Even when we have an experience that is positive, such as getting married or having a child, it is possible that we feel some sense of loss due to the change in our lives.  It is natural to need to give some time and space to the feelings of loss that may arise in response to the constantly changing aspects of our lives.  In these cases, Star Of Bethlehem can provide a support as can Walnut, which helps us to ease through our transitions.

Also, I’d just like to mention that Star Of Bethlehem can be highly beneficial for animals that have suffered any type of abuse or trauma.  In my work with Rescue animals, their histories are often uncertain.  Whether they have experienced abuse in their prior situation or merely the trauma of being moved from one situation to another, Star Of Bethlehem can support them.  Rescue Remedy is always a good starting point for “Rescue” animals, but treatment with Star Of Bethlehem can be a great support in the resolving the trauma an animal may be carrying and can help them to settle into a new situation with greater ease.

I’d love to hear your experiences with Star Of Bethlehem or any thoughts, reflections or questions that may arise in response to the post.

Know Yourself: The Foundation For Change

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You cannot transcend what you do not know.  To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I am excited to be starting a new 31 Day Blog Challenge.  Every year when I do May Is For Metta, I feel like this is an opening to write more and daily.  Then, June comes and find I just don’t make it back to the page as much as I intend to.  Having a motivator, a challenge or a deadline that is accountable to others is something I find I need.  I am not sure why this is the case. I’d love to just say I am going to write everyday and do it, just because I want to.  It’s curious and something I am exploring in myself.

So, here I am in July, feeling the call to join a 31 Day Blog Challenge.  I guess another aspect of this is that writing or the process of writing itself tends to be a very solitary process.  So joining in a collective group of writers and bloggers who are journeying together during this time really helps to create a container for that energy and offers a drive to be more proactive.  I am looking forward to exploring the variety of bloggers and blogs that have signed on for Lesa Townsend’s 31 Day Blog Challenge.  I hope you’ll join me in this exploration here on The Heart Of Awakening Blog and check out some of the other blogs as well.

One of the things I have been working on this year is creating a program that is at this point called, 30 Days To Change.  This program has stemmed from some of the workshops, articles and individual sessions I have done over recent years.  What I have found is that 30 or 31 Days is a great container to initiate a foundation for change.  I have seen research on varying amounts of time but this is a framework that I have found works well with the processes I have developed around holistic self-care, mastering anxiety, transforming your inner critic, and discovering the healer within.

It just occurred to me recently that this process can be applied to any area of focus or type of change –  30 Days is a good way to begin to cultivate healing and transformation in a powerful way and can offer a foundation for how to work in an ongoing way.  I like that this time frame can involve both a daily process and also be segmented into 4 weekly segments.  I plan to spend some time over the summer developing this as its own model for change to be applied to whatever area one might like to focus on.   So, stay tuned for more of that exploration to emerging here.

For today, I’d like to share a step that I find is a key component in creating any type of change:

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Know Yourself.  We live in such a busy and chaotic world.  Our lives are full of distractions and disruptions both inwardly and outwardly.  How can we create change in our lives if we don’t know who we are and we aren’t truly conscious of what we are experiencing.  How can we know what changes would best support us or how we want to be in the world without that self-knowing?

There are many ways to get to know oneself on a deeper level.  Developing a contemplative practice such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, or prayer can be a good starting point.   Just spending some time in stillness, whether indoors or out in nature, just being and listening  and allowing our inner voice to be heard is a great step, too.  Writing or journaling can be a powerful way to deepen in self-reflection and self-awareness.

Take the time and space to explore some tools and practices that can support you in getting to know yourself more fully and deeply; this is probably the greatest thing you can do for yourself.  Take some time to consider areas of your life where you feel out of balance.  Are there certain changes you are feeling to make?  Is there something that is going on in your life that is causing you considerable distress?  Are you willing to take some time to just be with that and explore what might be beneficial for you in terms of change?

So, whether you have a specific change in mind or just feel to explore a bit, I hope you will join me this month in my exploration.  It won’t be totally linear, but I will be sharing bits and pieces of my developing program.  Is there a practice or tool you feel to bring in that can support you in getting to know yourself?  Or, perhaps you feel to explore some new practices to see how they might support you.

As always,  I would love to hear how others have worked with creating change, particularly if there is a certain time frame you have found beneficial or certain practices that support getting to know yourself.

Bach Flower Remedy Of The Month: Rock Water

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I am sure some of you may be wondering how the Bach Flower Remedies fit into the vision of The Heart Of Awakening Blog.  The mission of The Heart Of Awakening Blog is to support:

Living from the Heart

Embodying Awareness, Authenticity and Purpose

Integrating a Holistic Approach to Being

Embracing the Interconnectedness of All Things

Honoring and Respecting the Sacredness of Life

The actualization of this is done through sharing explorations, ideas, and tools that support this vision.  I have found the Bach Flower Remedies to be one of the most powerful tools for transformation.  I use them personally in an ongoing way and also in my sessions with clients.  I see the benefit of the remedies as essentially being three-fold:

1)   The Bach Flower Remedies provide vibrational and energetic support that facilitates a strengthening of our overall energy field; this is the case with all flower essences, which in some ways work similarly to homeopathic medicine.  This type of support is critical in the world we live in today where we encounter toxic, unbalanced and chaotic energies often on a moment by moment basis.  Finding ways that stabilize our energy fields is necessary for us to move into a place of greater authenticity, wholeness and soul purpose.

2)   The Bach Flower Remedies in particular are one of the best tools I have found, both personally and professionally, to support balance in the emotions and the emotional energy body.  Each specific remedy addresses an emotional state or personality trait that is out of balance or is taking us out of alignment with our soul purpose.  The remedies bring in a positive energy or vibration to help transmute a negative feeling or state.  For example, if we are experiencing fear, a remedy that would address that might bring in the quality of peacefulness or calm to our energy field and begin to transmute our feelings of fear.  In a sense, this is very similar to working with affirmations, except we are benefitting from the vibrationally energy of the flowers and mother earth’s vibrational force.

3)   One of the other reasons I feel so strongly about the Bach Flower Remedies as a tool for transformation is the process of self-reflection and deepening in a self-awareness that arises as one works with the remedies.  I often utilize a Bach Flower assessment as the primary discovery process in my work with clients as it provides a clear, workable framework for identifying patterns, feelings and beliefs an individual is carrying.  Also, this is a very collaborative process and it gives an individual the opportunity to self-reflect and self-identify areas of imbalance or disharmony in their lives.  Both through assessment and actually working with the remedies as a treatment, individuals deepen in self-awareness and begin to cultivate their own process of transformation and healing.

Last month we focused on Pine, which is the remedy of the inner critic.  This month’s remedy is Rock Water, which can have some overlap with Pine; many of the remedies do have crossover properties and subtle variations, as we do as human beings.  Interestingly, Rock Water is the only one of the Bach Flower Remedies that is not actually a flower but rather is water from a natural spring that is protected by nature and unaffected by our modern world; it is often known as a healing source.

According to Dr. Bach, Rock Water is indicated for:

“Those who are very strict in their way of living.  They deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures in life because they consider it may interfere with their work.  They are hard masters to themselves.  They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything, which they believe will keep them so.  They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who then may follow their ideas and be better as a result.” (The Twelve Healers, p.23)

In a previous post, From Comparison To Compassion, I compared Larch, Pine and Rock Water, in relation to patterns of perfectionism, which is clearly a key component of the Rock Water type that is evident from Dr. Bach’s description above.  It is these very high standards and ideals that drive someone with a Rock Water personality or pattern to push so very hard.  One of the biggest patterns someone needing this remedy exhibits is a feeling that there is always pressure that something needs to be done.  This is so strong, to the degree that a person is really never feel able to relax fully.

In addition to perfectionism is another aspect, which is actually the pattern of “Drive” itself.  There are several remedies, which we might include in a category of drive remedies; this includes Rock Water, Vine, Vervain and Impatiens.  Being driven is something that can be an asset and is certainly viewed as a strong point is our society.  However, just like everything else, our “drive” needs to be in balance.  If we are too driven, we can easily deplete our energy and may not be able to achieve our goals and even if we do, we may not be able to enjoy them as we proceed on to the next task.  For this reason, Rock Water types may be known as “harsh taskmasters unto themselves.”

As I shared in the overview of the remedies above, balance is a key component in transformation, healing and living a life of joy and ease.  Rock Water is highly beneficial in returning a person who is over-driven, steeped in perfectionism, high standards and rigidity to a place of balance and ease.

Here are some questions to help consider if Rock Water may be beneficial for you:

  • Are you extremely hard on yourself?
  • Do you push yourself really hard?
  • Do you have enough fun?
  • Do you always feels pressure that something needs to be done?
  • Are you strict in your way of living, denying yourself many of the joys and pleasures of life?
  • Do you have very high ideals, standards and expectations?
  • Are you a perfectionist?
  • Do you experience mental rigidity?
  • Do you believe that worldly desires inhibit spiritual development?
  • Do you experience a lot of tension and stress in your physical body?
  • Do you tend to adhere to a particular dogma or discipline even when it is not really working for you or causing considerable distress?

Some of the positive qualities that the Rock Water remedy may bring include:

  • Adaptability
  • Open-mindedness
  • Realistic expectations
  • Balanced self-discipline
  • Ability to relax and enjoy life more fully
  • Becoming kinder and gentler with oneself
  • Learning to have fun

It’s funny that I felt to bring this remedy in just as summer begins.  It feels like the perfect time to let go a little and if this remedy seems beneficial, it could be a great exploration to see what “fun” Summer might be like with a little less pressure to get it all done.  Also, it is often in heat of summer that we go into the water to cool off and refresh.  The Rock Water remedy offers us a way to let go on an inner level, to relax and refresh, and become more fluid with the flow of life, like water itself.

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For additional information on the Bach Flower Remedies and Dr. Edward Bach, visit http://www.bachcentre.com.

If you are interested in a Bach Flower Remedy Consultation & Treatment, I offer these sessions in Annapolis, MD, by phone or by Skype.  I have found the Bach Flower Remedies to be one of the most beneficial transformational and healing tools that I utilize both personally and in my holistic healing practice.   I have worked with the Bach Flowers for over 15 years and I am a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner through the Bach Centre, home of Dr. Edward Bach.  Please feel free to visit my website if you would like to explore how the Bach Flower Remedies and an Integrative Transformational Approach may benefit your own process of transformation and healing.

If you’d like to learn more about the Bach Flower Remedies or find an index of previous Bach Flower Remedy Of The Month posts, visit www.bethterrence.com/bachflowerremedies.

Also, you may enjoy these posts:

Transforming Your Inner Critic Into Your Inner Cheerleader

7 Ways To Cultivate Love & Compassion For Yourself

Bach Flower Remedy Of The Month ~ Agrimony

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“Healing must come from within by acknowledging and correcting our faults and by harmonizing our being with the divine plan.”  – Dr. Edward Bach, Creator Of The Bach Flower Remedies

There are 38 different types of flower essences in the Bach Flower Repertoire; all were created by the visionary Dr. Edward Bach, who believed that disease in itself is beneficient and arises to show us where there is disharmony or discord in our being.  The remedies work through a process of flooding our energy fields with a positive virtue, which can help to transmute our pain, suffering and imbalances.  Participating actively and consciously in a process of transformation is at the heart of awakening to our journeys as human beings.  Working with the Bach Flower Remedies can support our awakening both through helping to raise our conscious awareness of our individual patterns as well as providing a tool, which can support bringing our whole being – body, mind, emotion and spirit – into greater alignment with our Divine essence.

Agrimony (Agrimonia Epupatoria) supports the process of being open with one’s feelings, standing fully in one’s truth in the world and developing true inner peace and calmness.   It is indicated for those who feel a need to conceal their true feelings, to appear together and always look good.   It is indicated for those who struggle with anxiety and are tormented by hidden worries.  Agrimony types are known to keep everything inside, to do anything to avoid arguments or strife and to make light of their own difficulties.   There is a tendency to be restless and overly sensitive.  Also, Agrimony types often suffer from parasitic infestation, drawing others who sap their energy and vitality.  They may use alcohol, drugs, emotional eating or other addictions to deal with their feelings and to help them appear more cheerful and carefree.

Here are some questions that may help indicate if Agrimony is beneficial for you:

  • If you come in are you’re not feeling good, do you just put on a happy face and nobody really knows what you’re feeling?
  • Do you suffer from anxiety?
  • Do you struggle with addictions or use substances (drugs, alcohol, food, etc.) to cope with your feelings?
  • Do you have a tendency to feel restless?
  • Do you tend to hide your worries or feelings?
  • Do you put on the “I’m Okay” facade even when you are feeling troubled inside?
  • Do you make light of your difficulties or act cheerful to hide your feelings of turmoil?
  • Are you overly sensitive in general or in response to conflict or strife?

The Agrimony remedy brings in a quality of authenticity and helps to get in touch with one’s true feelings with openness and acceptance.  It supports an individual in becoming aware of and processing anxiety and painful feelings rather than stuffing them or holding them inside.  It can be beneficial in transforming addictive patterns and fostering a deep sense of inner peace and calm.

Agrimony also has a very strong shielding quality.  This helps to protect from negative, violating and parasitic energies and people.  This is one of the major benefits of this remedy and of the Bach Flowers Remedies overall.  In order to feel one’s feelings fully and stand in one’s truth, it is necessary have a clear and strong energy field, which is one of the great benefits of the remedies.  Agrimony assists in bringing a state of genuine inner joyfulness, trusting optimism and the ability to see problems in the right light and perspective.

Affirming, “I am finding peace within myself” is the essence of Agrimony.

For additional information on the Bach Flower Remedies and Dr. Edward Bach, visit www.bachcentre.com.

If you are interested in a Bach Flower Remedy Consultation & Treatment, I offers these sessions in Annapolis, MD, by phone or by Skype.  I have found the Bach Flower Remedies to be one of the most beneficial transformational and healing tools that I utilize both personally and in my holistic healing practice.   I have worked with the Bach Flowers for over 15 years and I am a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner through the Bach Centre in the UK, home of Dr. Edward Bach.  Please feel free to visit my website or contact me if you would like to explore how the Bach Flower Remedies may benefit your own process of transformation and healing.

Also, you might like to explore the following posts on the Bach Flower Remedies:

The Bach Flower Remedies: A Tool For Transformation

Visionary Voices: Dr. Edward Bach

Bach Flower Remedies For 2012 Transitions: Walnut

Five Steps To Mastering Anxiety

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Everyone suffers from anxiety from time to time: there’s public speaking, job interviews, the dentist, flying on airplanes and many more situations that can be triggers for anxiety.  In a general sense, anxiety may be defined as a state of uneasiness or apprehension, which may include physical symptoms such as palpitations, nervousness, sweating, trembling and rapid breathing.  For about one in six people, this experience may cross over into what psychologists term a disorder at some point in our lives. There are many anxiety disorders; they include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social and specific phobias as well as generalized anxiety disorder.

Based on a wide variety of social, personal, genetic and environmental factors, anxiety can range from troublesome to debilitating and from occasional to continuous.  For the majority of people, anxiety is something that will come and go as part of the normal human condition.  We are currently living in a time when there is a lot of chaos and uncertainty in our world.  This itself can be a trigger for anxiety and additionally, there is a sense of a collective anxiety in our culture and our world.  Regardless of the pattern, degree or frequency that a person may experience anxiety, being able to deal with it effectively is an important component in experiencing a joyful and balanced life.

In my work as a holistic practitioner, I have found that anxiety is one of the major motivators for clients to seek alternative therapies.  There may be something they are dealing with such as a health, work, financial or personal issue, but it is often the experience of anxiety that is the driving force in taking steps to create change.  Both personally and professionally, I have found that incorporating a holistic approach, one that attends to body, mind, emotion and spirit is beneficial in addressing anxiety.

Healing and change requires attention, a commitment to oneself and openness to exploring what is possible.  There is no magic formula – everyone is different and needs to find the tools and resources that work best for them at any given point in life and in their own healing process.  The following five steps are the foundation of a 4-week series I facilitate on Mastering Anxiety:

Five Steps to Mastering Anxiety

1.  Learn to relax.  By learning to relax your body and mind, you become more able to handle the symptoms of anxiety, including muscle tension, palpitations, restlessness, and worry.   Relaxation practices are tools you can utilize anytime and anywhere in response to the stressors of life.  They can help in dealing with anxiety as it is arising and can also offer a powerful method of prevention.   Research shows that applied relaxation techniques such as deep diaphragmatic breathing, progressive relaxation and meditation are highly beneficial in reducing anxiety.

2.  You are what you eat.  This may be an old familiar saying, but it is true.  A well-balanced diet is a key part of managing anxiety.  It is beneficial to pay attention to certain stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol or cigarettes.  These can increase the heart rate, stimulate brain chemistry and cause the onset of anxiety or panic attacks.   It is also good to be aware that these types stimulants affect each person differently and effects may vary based on overall health and stress levels.  Finding a diet that is appropriate for you, eating regular meals, and staying well hydrated are all important factors in learning to mastering anxiety.

3.  Develop a fit body and fit mind.  We all know that exercise is good for the body, but what we don’t always remember is that a healthy body has a positive effect on our whole being – body, mind, emotion and spirit.  Research has shown that regular exercise can help to release feel-good brain chemicals such as endorphins and increase body temperature, which can produce calming effects as well as boost confidence, take the mind off worries and develop healthy coping patterns.  Most studies suggest that 30 – 40 minutes of exercise at least 3 – 4 times per week can be a great way to release tension, ease anxiety and let go of pent-up emotions.  By caring for our bodies, we are able to develop greater balance, calm and ease of well-being

4. Don’t suffer in silence.  Seek support and reach out for help to manage your stress and anxiety.  Find the support you need by connecting with friends or family, seeing a counselor, or attending a support group – moving out of isolation is one of the keys to easing anxiety.  Studies show that connection is one of the key needs of being human.  Our relationships can help to create the feelings and experience of safety.  When we feel supported, we can learn to respond to life stressors proactively rather than from survival mode.  Also, when we hold our feelings inside, they often intensify.   Sharing is a way to open up and release our feelings before our anxiety grows.

5. Know Yourself.  You are your own best friend and your own inner healer.  By exploring triggers that heighten your anxiety and becoming conscious of how you experience it, you can become better able to look at solutions and cultivate tools that can help to manage these triggers.  By recognizing the patterns of your anxiety, you can seek alternative behaviors and develop preventative measures for coping.   Knowing yourself, how you respond to life and what tools/resources are beneficial for you personally is vital to mastering anxiety.

Although knowing yourself was #5 on the list, it is actually the most important step in mastering anxiety.  It is part of all of the other steps.  Taking the time and space to actively and consciously choose to get to know oneself is probably the greatest thing a person can do for themselves.  In the process of learning to master anxiety or exploring other life changes, I recommend developing a journaling practice to track your exploration, identify patterns, and discover tools and resources that can become a part of a Holistic Self-Care plan.

Journaling is a powerful way to develop self-awareness, track our experiences and cultivate change in our lives.  There are many ways to journal and it’s important to find a way that works for you.  For some it’s hand writing, for others on the computer.  In the process of Mastering Anxiety, the important thing is to develop a process that helps to you to track where you are, what tools you are exploring and what changes you maybe noticing.  Also, lists are a wonderful way to develop clarity and have beneficial resources at hand when you need them.  Here are some suggestions for things to include in your journal:

Mastering Anxiety Log

Keeping a log of each time you experience anxiety can be a powerful way to track, learn about and begin to transform your anxiety.  The following is a suggested format but you can find a way that works for you.

1. Description of experience of anxiety or stress (e.g. was feeling anxious when I drove to work today)

2. Triggers that you are aware of (e.g. got an upsetting phone call as I was leaving from my sister)

3. Signs & Symptoms (e.g. palpitations, sweating, restlessness, nausea, etc.)

4. Interventions/Tools Used (Did you use an intervention? e.g. deep diaphragmatic breathing, took some Rescue Remedy, talked to a friend, etc.)

5. After effect/Response (e.g. – felt calmer or more at ease or still very anxious)

Lists

Lists are a great way to learn about yourself, to track information and to create your own personal reference manual for life.  Lists are something you can work with on their own or they can come about after you spend some time tracking your anxiety.   They can be helpful because sometimes when you are experiencing anxiety, you may not have the capacity or focus to remember what tools to use, who to call for support, etc.   If you have your lists available,  you can use this as a reference in times of crisis or as soon as you have the awareness to take some type of intervention for yourself.  The following are some types of lists you may wish to have in your journal for anxiety.  Also, this can be used for stress management and holistic self-care planning:

Signs and symptoms – how you personally experience anxiety (e.g. heart palpitations, stomach upset, insomnia, etc.)

Triggers – things you are aware of that trigger your anxiety (e.g. work, family, financial pressure, driving, etc.)

Tools/Resources – be sure to explore resources that support body, mind, emotion and spirit. (e.g. meditation, yoga, drinking enough water, going to the gym, taking supplements, etc.)

Support – be sure to include people, places and things that help you to feel a sense of safety and support.  Include phone #’s and contact info so you have it accessible when you need it.  Often, our animals offer a huge sense of support or going to a place in nature where we feel a sense of connection can help, too.

Notes to self…. – Include anything you may want to remind yourself or that feels important to address or explore.  You may also want to create a list of positive affirmations that can help you in the process of transformation.

We all have the ability to become our own agents of change and to find our healer within.  Taking time to explore and get to know oneself is the key to transformation and healing.  Seeking support and connection is an important part of feeling happy and safe.  Caring for our bodies through exercise and nutrition is a requirement for wellness.   Relaxation is a gift we can give ourselves that opens the door to feeling more balanced, peaceful and at ease.

Whether you are dealing with ongoing or occasional anxiety or are just wanting to create a more joyful and balanced life, I hope you will take some time to explore getting to know yourself more deeply and caring for all of who you are – body, mind, emotion and spirit.

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Mastering Anxiety 4-Week Teleseries Starts on Nov. 20 

Being able to deal with anxiety effectively is an important component in experiencing a joyful and balanced life.

 • Are you struggling with symptoms of anxiety?

• Do you experience restlessness and an inability to relax?

• Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep because you can’t quiet your mind?

• Do you have chronic worrisome thoughts that are difficult to turn off?

• Do you suffer from muscular tension, headaches, stomach problems or lack of energy due to worry or anxiety?

•Do you feel like anxiety is limiting the quality of your life?

Anxiety can prevent you from living a happy and fulfilling life.  It can keep you from being able to focus and be present.  It can cause a variety of physical and psychological symptoms, which can interfere significantly with work, family and everyday functioning.  If not addressed, it can become a contributor to physical disease such as heart disease and digestive problems.

Recent research has shown that they’re a variety of alternative treatment options for resolving anxiety.  Come and explore natural and effective methods for mastering anxiety without medication. In the 4 part Teleseries, you will explore:

  • 5 Steps to Mastering Anxiety
  • Understanding of anxiety and your own experience of it
  • Building a Holistic Resource Toolbox
  • Developing a Holistic Self-Care plan
  • Taking responsibility for your own process of healing and transformation

Facilitated by Beth Terrence. This 4-week Teleclass will be both educational and experiential.  Through a series of explorations, discussions and practices, participants will be able to explore how to master their anxiety and become their own agents of change.
Date: Tuesdays, November 20th – December 11th
Time: 7 – 8:15 PM
Additional Details TBA
For additional information or to register, visit www.bethterrence.com.

The Bach Flower Remedies: A Tool for Transformation

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One of the most transformational tools that I have benefited from personally, and as a result have become a practitioner of, are the Bach Flower Remedies.  I was first introduced to the Bach Flower Remedies when I was in the process of recovering from the effects of Fibromyalgia.  I had been on a journey of exploring holistic modalities and nutritional support, as I had not found traditional medicine to be helpful in dealing with this condition.  I would say I was about 70% symptom free at the time that I began to take the Bach Flowers.  It became clear to me at that time that although I had addressed my body and physical symptoms in a variety of ways, the key to healing really lay in dealing with emotional body and the unresolved emotional pain that I was holding.

Around that time, I really dedicated my personal practice to working on healing my emotions and learning to let go.  I found three key patterns that were related to Fibromyalgia.  It has been my experience in my own recovery and in working with individuals dealing with Fibromyalgia over the last decade that these patterns need to be addressed:

1) An inability to let go.  This includes an inability to relax and a tendency to hold onto to difficult feelings and stresses, which then leads to severe tension and rigidity being stored in the physical body.

2) Push, push, crash.  This is a tendency to push so hard, beyond one’s abilities and then become depleted.  It tends to happen in those moments when one feels better or stronger but I have found this to be an overall energetic pattern of Fibromyalgia.  I believe the crux of this pattern tends to stem from perfectionism and a powerful inner critic which continues to drive a person despite physical limitations.

3) Sponginess. This refers to one’s energy field to be depleted, and like a sponge, to have the tendency to absorb others energy and emotions.  Without developing a more stable energy field, it is very difficult to strengthen and heal.

As I was working on these issues, I began to work with a Bach Flower Practitioner, who helped to determine remedies that would support the changes I was trying to create in my life.  I found that within a short time I felt tremendous relief, and within a period of six months, I had profound life changes, ones I never thought were possible.  The remaining physical symptoms I was dealing with were resolved; my overall health and well-being improved dramatically.  Additionally, I felt the greatest sense of serenity, balance and hope that I had ever experienced.  That was 15 years ago.  Since that time I have become a practitioner of the Bach Flowers, working with individuals as well as giving talks and workshops on the subject.  I continue to take the remedies myself as I find them a tool for the times we are in.  They support being more  balanced, grounded and energetically stable.

I will be sharing more about the Bach Flowers in upcoming posts.  I find the remedies themselves are a beneficial tool and the teachings of Dr. Bach, the creator of the Bach Flowers, are inspirational and insightful.  To learn more about Dr. Bach, you can read a previous post, Visionary Voices: Dr. Edward Bach or visit The Bach Centre, the home and workplace of Dr. Bach.  I will also be including a Bach Flower of the Month post to help bring to light the benefits of specific remedies.  Dr. Bach intended the remedies to be accessible to all and used by individuals for themselves and their families.  It can be helpful to work with a practitioner for a period of time as the process is subjective but it is possible to learn to work with the remedies on one’s own.

The Bach Flower Remedies: A Tool for Transformation

The Bach Flower Remedies are a tool for transformation that can assist in moving forward and creating change in one’s life.  They can help to heal old wounds and to assist with new ways of being.  The remedies can facilitate a strengthening of one’s ability move more easily in the world, to have healthier relationships, and to experience greater joy and ease of well-being.

The visionary physician Dr. Edward Bach discovered the thirty-eight remedies, which comprise the Bach Flowers, in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Dr. Bach was well-known in England for his work in the areas of bacteriology and homeopathy.  It was through this work that he began to see a connection between state of mind and the disease process.  He found that if he treated the person’s state of mind, all physical symptoms would disappear, and if he treated early enough, may prevent illness from arising.  He recognized that long-term stress from emotions such as anger, fear or worry can lower a person’s resistance to disease.

Additionally, by studying vibrational medicine and native British flowers, Dr. Bach discovered that certain plant essences have a profound healing effect on the mind.  He observed that the remedies affected a deep personal transformation in his patients’ character and behavior patterns, which not only prevented disease but also left the patient happier and more integrated.  According to Dr. Bach, certain flowers are of a higher order.  He believed that these healing plants addressed disharmony within the mental and spiritual aspects of our being by flooding our energy field with higher frequencies and thereby aligning our whole being.  The remedies actually transmute negative energies into positive ones.  They do not mask the effects of the emotions, but provide a catalyst for change to occur from within us.  He saw this change as necessary for our spiritual growth, and said:

“The action of these essences is to raise our vibrations and open up our channels for the reception of our Spiritual Self, to flood our natures with a particular virtue we need, and wash out from us that fault which is causing harm.  They are able, like beautiful music to raise our very natures, to bring us peace and relieve our sufferings.”

Dr. Bach defined seven main moods, which prevent us from being our true selves and thereby, contribute to disease and suffering in an individual.  These moods include:  Fear, Uncertainty, Insufficient Interest in Present Circumstances, Loneliness, Over-Sensitivity to Influences and Ideas, Despondency or Despair, and Over-care for the Welfare of Others.  Dr. Bach also defines the seven beautiful stages in the healing of disease: Peace, Hope, Joy, Faith, Certainty, Wisdom, and Love.  Treatment with the Bach Flower Remedies essentially floods ones being with these positive qualities, transforming all energies, which limit or restrict one’s true self from being fully expressed.

A Bach Flower Remedy Consultation is done though an interview and detailed questionnaire.  This helps the practitioner to determine core issues and treatment remedies.  It is a collaborative process; the role of the practitioner is to support individuals in learning about themselves and determining remedies can support their process of change.  Most often a combination of five to seven remedies is recommended.  The remedies are taken orally;  2 drops of each core remedy are added to a 1 oz. dropper bottle filled with spring water.  The remedies work vibrationally rather than medicinally and as such are gentle and effective; they can do no harm. They are so gentle that pregnant women, children and even animals can use them.

As the remedies assist in deep transformation and healing, it is important for the individual to be open and willing to address the issues, which may come up for them.  The remedies teach us how to resolve issues and heal, but we must be willing to listen to the voice of our own soul.  It is important to remember that the Bach Flower Remedies, like any alternative modality, assist in our transformation.  It is up to the individual to be responsible for and to direct his or her own healing process.

The Bach Flower Remedies are a powerful catalyst for healing and change.  In addition to supporting change and transition, they have been beneficial in relieving chronic pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue and grief.  Whether you are already in a period of transition or wish to create changes but are feeling stuck, the Bach Flowers can support your movement into new ways of being.  Although determined by the emotions, the remedies support transformation and growth on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, the Bach Flower Remedies may have something to offer you:

  • Are you going through a major or minor life transition?
  • Do you feel tired and exhausted?
  • Are you looking for direction in your life?
  • Are you feeling stuck?
  • Do you have pain that won’t go away no matter what you do?
  • Are you sensitive emotionally and energetically?
  • Are you aware that other people or situations drain your energy?
  • Are you ready to step forward in you healing process?

One of the major benefits of the Bach Flower Remedies for our current times is the effect they have on the energy field.  In addition to supporting transmutation of specific emotions and personality traits, the remedies also help to strengthen and stabilize our energy fields.  In order to maneuver in the world in 2012, it is critical to find tools and practices that support our inner stability.  The Bach Flowers Remedies offer such tool and can be a valuable transformational resource.

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To learn more about Beth’s work with the Bach Flower Remedies, visit www.bethterrence.com.  Bach Flower Consultations are offered in person in the MD/DC area, by phone and by Skype.  Bach Flower Consultations are available as an individual modality or as part of an Integrative Transformational Session, which is a customized session based on individual intentions, combining transformational resources such as Shamanic Healing, Bach Flowers, Body/Energy Healing, and Meditation.

Upcoming Bach Flower Talks in the Maryland/DC Area:

July 11th– Introduction to the Bach Flowers, Wholefoods, Annapolis, MD

August 8th – Bach Flower Q & A, Wholefoods, Annapolis, MD

Grounding in a Rapidly Changing World

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Being human in 2012 requires handling huge amounts of energy moving through our world, our environment and our body systems.  Recent years have seen a tremendous increase in technology including cell phones, towers and power grids; this  an area of much research as to the overall impact on personal health and that of our planet.  We are experiencing chaos and instability in our political, economic and social structures.  Increased solar flares are causing geomagnetic storms that can affect our satellites, power structures and our own energy fields.  We are just learning about the implications of some of these factors, however one thing is certain – the generation and movement of energy in many forms is affecting our lives on a personal and global level.

Considering the impact of all of these factors or even any one, can feel overwhelming, especially if we think about it too much.  And yet, whether we focus on it or not, increased energetic activity is a part of the big picture today.  Accepting that great energetic movement and change is a part of our lives is an important aspect of holding the big picture.  In our daily lives, we can easily get caught up in what we need to get done and forget that we are riding on a planet that is orbiting the sun, which is only one of many, many galactic bodies.  It’s easy to forget that we are a part of a vast universe and that the energy we feel is not only global but also universal.

One of the best ways to work with increased energies and achieve greater balance in our own energy systems is to practice grounding.  Grounding is the foundation of a healthy system which everyone can benefit from it.   Grounding refers to the connection of the human energy field to that of the Earth.  This connection allows us to draw from the abundant source of Earth’s energy while at the same time ensuring that we do not accumulate excess energy – this can be thought of like the earth wire for electricity – we make a connection and excess energy is safely dissipated into the ground.  Being well grounded helps us to deal with life in a more stable and balanced manner which is increasingly necessary in response to living in a rapidly changing world.

Below are a few ways in which being grounded can make a difference in the experience of everyday life:

  • Increases balance and stability in our physical, mental, emotional and energetic state.
  • Creates a deeper sense of connection with others, our world and ourselves.
  • Helps bring awareness that we are here for a purpose.
  • Brings strength and confidence.
  • Helps in creating a bridge between spirit and matter.
  • Provides an outlet making the release of energy and emotion easier and more fluid.
  • Allows the attainment of higher spiritual levels through embodiment.
  • Strengthens our center – Grounded people are less affected by energies around them, even if they do feel them.

We can learn to become aware of our grounded state.  Sometimes this is a feeling of solidity or stability.  Often the connection takes the form of a slight buzzing, warmth or tingling under the soles of our feet or in other parts of our bodies.  It is useful to train oneself in this awareness.  With regular practice, grounding can be done simply by making an energetic connection through awareness, visualization or turning your attention to the soles of your feet and connecting to the earth.  It is the work of seconds and can make a huge difference to your life.

In addition to the effects of EMFs (Electro Magnetic Fields), there are many other reasons we can be ungrounded.  Often, people go through the majority of their lives being ungrounded.  We all know people who seem to be off in a dream world, or `dizzy’; chances are their grounding is weak.  Additionally, people who have a tendency to be nervy, fly off the handle or get things out of proportion may also benefit from grounding.  Lack of grounding is a feature of many conditions that leave people feeling disconnected, weak and listless.

Below is a list of some of the more common signs of being ungrounded. Usually, each individual will encounter the same one or two signs when they are ungrounded.  It can be helpful to learn the messages your own body and energy system gives to you.

  • Dizziness
  • Daydreaming
  • A feeling of being ‘Spaced Out’
  • Feeling sick
  • Heart palpitations
  • Eyes flickering
  • Weight gain
  • Clumsiness or prone to accidents
  • Static shocks
  • Falling asleep when meditating
  • Noise and light-sensitive
  • Forgetful
  • Having brilliant ideas that never happen
  • Arguing and unable to get your point across
  • Feeling unsettled
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feelings of confusion, turmoil or disconnection

Here are some things you can do to help bring yourself back down to earth and generate an experience of grounding:

  • Connecting with Nature
  • Meditation & Visualization
  • Eating – healthy & balanced
  • Drinking water
  • Walking, especially in natural surroundings
  • Exercise, yoga, tai chi, etc.
  • Gardening, touching the earth with your hands
  • Being with animals e.g. walking the dog, petting a cat, etc.
  • Moving with intention, clarity and purpose
  • Carrying/working with crystals or stones such as Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Obsidian or Ruby
  • Using Essential Oils such as Vetiver, Sandalwood or Patchouli
  • Taking Flower Essences such as Rescue Remedy
  • Getting adequate rest
  • Practicing HALTT – Am I hungry, angry, lonely, tired or thirsty?   HALTT is an acronym from 12 Step Recovery that signals that something is out of balance and a simple check helps to bring attention where it needs to be given.  This is a great tool to use with grounding and for overall balance as well.

One of the simplest ways to learn to ground is through visualization or meditation.  Once this type of practice is developed, it can be used anytime or anywhere.   Here is an example of a practice that may be helpful to explore:

Letting Go:  First, begin to let go of all the tension you can by taking some deep breaths, relaxing your shoulders, and focusing on where you are and what you are doing.  Bring your attention to this moment, to the current time and space your are in.  Breath in and on the out breath, let any tension or excess energy that you feel drain down through your body into the earth.  Slow down and some deep calming breaths.

Anchoring:  Imagine dropping a line of energy from the base of your spine and/or soles of your feet, down into the earth.  Just like the roots of a tree, this line of energy anchors you to the earth.  If you prefer, imagine that your body actually has roots connecting you to the earth.  Whichever imagery you use, allow yourself to make that connection with the earth, dropping your anchor and allowing your energy to become more stable and balanced.  Allow yourself to feel a sense of rootedness like that of a tree.  Go as deep as you need to go to make a strong connection, even to the core of the earth itself if need be.

Releasing Negativity:  Anchor yourself and allow all of your excess energy and tension to drain down into the earth through your line of energy or roots.  The stronger your anchor, the better your ability to experience stability and release energy.  As you get comfortable anchoring and releasing energy, your will begin to experience a clearer and stronger energy field which will support your ability to move with the increased energy of our times.

As always, I encourage everyone to find those practices which really resonate with them personally.  In addition to using visualizations, I find connecting with nature through walking in the woods, going barefoot and lying on the earth to be a few of the most grounding things I can do for myself.  I also tend to carry stones in my pockets which have grounding energy and also remind me of my connection to the earth.  Take some time this week to explore grounding for yourself and find some ways you can create more balance and stability in your energy field and in your life.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, reflections and experiences.

Visionary Voices: Dr. Edward Bach

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“And now, dear brothers and sisters, when we realise that Love and Unity are the great foundations of our Creation, that we in ourselves are children of the Divine Love, and that the eternal conquest of all wrong and suffering will be accomplished by means of gentleness and love…” – Dr. Edward Bach

One of my intentions in writing The Heart of Awakening is to share information on the teachings and philosophies which have inspired my life and influenced my work as well as to offer practical resources which support transformation and healing both individually and collectively. I have found both in my own personal journey and in working with others for over 16 years that it is vital to find tools and resources, which resonate with the individual. Each person is different, unique and there is no single formula for healing and change. Even in accepting that there are universal truths, how they are cultivated and embodied is a personal experience. I have been most drawn to teachings which hold that life on earth is a school, that we are here to learn, to grow and to evolve and that view the heart and love as essence of this journey.

One of my most influential teachers is the visionary Dr. Edward Bach, creator of the Bach Flower Remedies. Some of you may be familiar with the essences. Rescue Remedy™ is perhaps the most well-known of all Bach Flowers; it is a part of medicine cabinets and first aid kits worldwide. There are actually 38 different Bach Flower Remedies, which comprise what Dr. Bach considered to be a complete system of healing.

Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) was a British physician. Early on in his career, he studied bacteriology and pathology, and later Homeopathy. He was struck by the fact that Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, had recognized the importance of personality in disease in the 1700’s. Through observation and intuition, Dr. Bach was able to observe a variety of personality types and saw that different types had differing reactions to illness and to the healing process. Starting with just two flowers, Dr. Bach began by creating flower essences similar to oral vaccines, which he then prescribed according to his patient’s personalities rather than specific illnesses. What he soon discovered was that the flower essences stimulated self-healing in his patients by helping to clear negative emotions, attitudes, and personality traits that can inhibit the body’s natural ability to heal as well as the experience of happiness and inner peace.

At age 43, Dr. Bach closed his practice in London and went to Wales to connect more deeply with nature and to develop additional essences based on the emotions and personality traits he had observed in his patients. It was there that he learned that dewdrops, heated by the sun, carried the healing properties of the plants and this inspired him to develop the essences using pure water. His intuition became so sensitive that he could sense the healing effects of a flower by holding it or tasting a petal. He developed 38 flowers essences and the Rescue Remedy, a blend of five essences intended for use in crisis or high stress situations. He felt this repertoire which works on the principles of vibrational medicine, covered all of the negative states underlying illness.

Even those more familiar with the Bach Flowers are often unaware of some of the philosophies that are a part of Dr. Bach’s system. Some of the reasons that I resonate so strongly with Dr. Bach’s work, in addition to providing a highly beneficial tool for transformation and healing, is that the foundational truths he shares are in alignment with the ideas of the interconnectedness of all things, the evolutionary nature of life on earth, that Love is the essence of creation and that disharmony and disease are caused by being out of alignment with the our true nature. Here is an overview of his foundational truths adapted from his 1931 book, Heal Thyself:

The Foundational Truths of Dr. Bach

1. Man has an immortal soul, which is his real self. Our bodies, which are the earthly temples of this soul, are it’s minutest aspect. The Soul is a child of the Creator, as such as we will allow, it guides, protects and encourages us beneficently.

2. We are here for the purpose of gaining all the knowledge and experience which can be learned through earthly existence, for developing the virtues we lack and for wiping out all that is wrong with us, thus advancing toward the perfection of our nature. The Soul, knowing what environment and circumstances can best enable us to fulfill this purpose, guides us there.

3. We must realize the life we know on earth is but a moment in the course of our evolution, as one day of school is to a life. Our souls are immortal and the bodies we are conscious of are temporary instruments to do our work.

4. As long as our souls and personalities are in harmony, all is joy and peace. The root cause of disease and unhappiness is the conflict that arises when our personalities deviate from the path laid down by our soul, through our worldly desires or by the persuasion of others. We can rest assured that in whatever station of life we are placed, princely or lowly, it contains the lessons and experiences necessary at the moment of our evolution and gives us the best advantage for the development of ourselves.

5. The Understanding of the Unity of all things – that the Creator of all things is Love and that everything of which we are conscious is in all its infinite number of forms a manifestation of that Love, whether it be a planet or a pebble, a star or a dewdrop, man or an mollusk.

The beauty of all of this is that Dr. Bach, who was clearly a man of science, was willing to listen to the wisdom of nature and allow his intuition to be his guide. In doing so, he has left a legacy that continues to support our evolution even today through both his writings and the Bach Flower Remedies. He is truly an inspiration.

To learn more about Dr. Bach and the Bach Flower Remedies, visit The Bach Centre, home of Dr. Bach and the Bach Flower Remedy system in the U.K. For programs and practitioners in the U.S., visit Bach Flower Education.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or reflections on this post or any experiences with the Bach Flowers or Dr. Bach’s teachings.

Spring Into Emergence

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One of the ways to stay in touch with the big picture is to honor natures transitions as well as our own.  What better time to explore this than as we move through the transition from winter into spring. Known as nature’s birthing season, spring is considered a time of creation in our world.  Energies, which were drawn inward in winter for rest and renewal, are now ready to come forth and blossom.  The first day of spring, usually March 21st, was on March 20th this year due to the leap year.  On this day, the Vernal Equinox marks the time when day equals night.  It is the beginning of the period when daylight, the sun, and yang (outward) energy will be the dominant force in our lives.  At this time, I always become aware of the substantial difference in my energy as the days become longer; I begin to feel more drawn to the outer world, as I am sure many of you do.

Although for some of us, this winter was so mild that at times it actually felt like spring, honoring this shift can still be an essential way to deepen our sense of connection to our natural world and to ourselves.  This time of transition gives us an opportunity to take a look at our lives and to begin to consciously create a plan of emergence. Spring is all about emergence. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of emergence is:

  1. the process of becoming visible after being concealed;
  2. the escape of an insect or other invertebrate from an egg, cocoon, or pupal case; and
  3. the process of coming into existence or prominence.

Although several origins are attributed, one of the oldest is from the Latin emergere, meaning, “bring to light”.  One of the first signs of this for me is when I see new shoots bursting through the earth.  The first I saw this year were the crocuses, which came early, but now new life is emerging in every direction.  Just as the new shoots burst forth through the earth, we, too, are emerging from our “shell” of winter.  This is a wonderful time to explore what we can leave behind that is no longer serving us and begin cultivate the energies and inspirations that can help us become more authentic and whole.

Spring is a time for planting; it is the greening season.  In addition to planting outside, it is a time to really consider what new growth is emerging in various aspects of our lives, our work and our relationships.  It is a time to let our dreams blossom.  Being in tune with the rhythms of nature and of the season, can support us in allowing our own newness to unfold.  Beginning to spend more time outdoors, in the natural world, feeling the earth’s energies is a way to align ourselves with the change that is occurring both inwardly and outwardly.

In Chinese Medicine, spring is associated with the Wood element, which governs the gallbladder and liver organs.  The energy of Wood carries a connection to structure and this can be a good time to create new structures for our transformation.  Mentally, Wood corresponds to ideas; it supports our mental clarity, focus and our ability to plan and make decisions. Wood is associated with the East and so rules the morning.  Having a balanced Wood element gives us a capacity to be energized as we begin each day.  Another association of spring is the Wind, which helps to clear the old and bring in the new.  Creating a blueprint for how we would like our life to be is a way to bring this new vision to life.  It is also a powerful time for beginning a morning practice of meditation or reflection.

The liver and gallbladder, the organs associated with Wood, carry out essential functions, particularly digestion and processing of the many substances we take into our bodies.  A healthy diet and exercise can support these organs and the proper functioning of our whole energy system.  Spring is wonderful time to review our eating habits, to take time to eat slowly and mindfully, allowing our food to digest and provide vital nutrients.  A good seasonal diet includes many greens, fruits and whole grains. It is also a very good time for detoxification with fasting or juicing as a helpful part of the cleansing process.  Just as with our mind or emotions, this is a way to leave the past behind, to cleanse the physical and to create new structures for our well-being with diet and exercise.

By following the laws of nature, we can learn to live in more balanced, healthy and conscious ways.  It is when we move outside the laws of nature or resist change that we meet with difficulties. By becoming in tune with the energies of spring, on all levels, we can begin to move into greater harmony within ourselves and the world.  This is a key component to holding the big picture in daily life.  Spring is a perfect time to connect with our own creative intelligence and to allow our true nature to guide us forward to rebirth.

I began this spring by going on a medicine walk.  I was planning to go on a medicine walk to honor a transition I am going through and it seemed like the beginning of spring was the perfect time.  A medicine walk is a practice used by indigenous peoples to connect with Spirit and to gather medicine that comes from the wisdom of the natural world.  How often in our modern world do we spend a whole day in nature, just wandering through the woods, sitting by the river, meditating with the trees and rocks, listening to the birds and seeking wisdom and guidance from nature?  I find this practice to be a powerful tool for marking transitions; for letting go of the old and inviting in the new.  And, what better practice for honoring the time of transition into spring.  Whether for a whole day, a few hours or even a short time, I encourage you to take some time to go out in nature, to tune into yourself and to consider what you are ready and willing to let go of and what energies and qualities you might like to cultivate in your life.  Allow the wisdom of the natural world to be your guide, harmonize with the energies of spring and emerge into your own new beginning.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, reflections and experiences as you transition into Spring.

Is Your BP (Big Picture) too high or too low?

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As I have been exploring and connecting with the big picture and how to live it more consciously in daily life, one thing I have become aware of in my own journey and in working with others is the need for balance.  This is a huge topic, which I feel to explore in many ways, but for now I am speaking about balance in relation to the big picture.

Obviously, the big picture is BIG!  It’s actually huge, vast, and in a sense beyond measurement.  I know that at times in my life when I have been really plugged into the big picture it can be difficult to deal with the details of daily life.  And at other times, I am so bogged down with the details that I can easily forget to hold the big picture.  I feel like this exploration is critical to holding and embodying the big picture and living and participating in the world on a day-to-day basis.  So this week’s koan or question is:

“Is your BP (Big Picture) too high or too low?  Are you able to find balance between embodying your big picture and handling the details of daily life?  How can you begin to create this balance in your own life and in the world?”

We know from a medical perspective that when our blood pressure is too high or too low something is out of balance.  It is a very clear and measurable indicator and there are many courses of action to stabilize it.  Stable seems like a good word to bring into this conversation.  When we are balanced we feel a sense of stability on an inner and outer level.  Everything around us may be in constant flux, even our own being and our own molecules are constantly moving, but when we find balance, we feel stable and grounded.  So in a sense, what we are talking about here is finding some type of homeostasis that allows us to develop balance between our inner and outer worlds, between our big picture and our daily life.

Balance is necessary on all levels  –  physical, mental, emotional and spiritual as well as overall if we are to feel stability, but it is a dance, an ever-changing process.  Balance creates a sense of stability.  Cultivating balance is not about finding a stationary place that is comfortable, it is about staying present with what is arising, being in touch with our immediate experience and how it relates to our big picture and finding tools that help to support coming to a place of alignment.

What I have experienced as someone who has often tended seek out the more spiritual side of life is that at times, there is a worry about being too much in the big picture and not being able to deal with the affairs of daily life.  I have had a desire to avoid the materialism of the world, especially with many of the extremes that exist in the world today.

On the other hand, I can also get lost in my to do list and being busy and feel like what I am doing is not connected to the big picture, to a greater purpose and that leaves me feeling disconnected and often, discontent.   I know that at the center of this is the importance of having a sense of meaning and purpose that carries through to all aspects of life.  Living consciously and purposefully in 2012 does not mean living in a cave in the Himalayas or in a monastery, it means bringing that deeper truth out into the world and into every day experience.

Both high and low BP’s have benefits and challenges and yet, when we can find balance, we receive all of the benefits.  The greatest benefit is that we gain the ability to actualize our vision and truly live the big picture in daily life.  Some of the benefits and challenges I see include:

High BP

Benefits: Sense of Vision and Purpose, Excitement, Passion, Feeling Connected, Trust

Challenges: Difficulty dealing with the material world, Overwhelmed by details, Unable to manifest vision or turn ideas into actions

Low BP

Benefits: Able to maneuver in material world, More easily handle the details, Stay focused on specifics and what needs to be done to manifest big picture, Perseverance

Challenges: Feeling disconnected, Lack of purpose,  Holding onto to too much, Grasping, Discontent, Feeling stuck, Unable to relax

When my BP is too high, one of the main ways I work with it is to get more grounded.  This can be done in a variety of ways and what I have learned as a facilitator over 16 years is that each person must find the tools or practices that work best for them.  Some methods include grounding meditation, energy practices, connecting with nature, using stones or crystals, using essential oils, and the list of possibilities is endless.  For me, I know spending time in nature is key to getting and staying grounded.  I, also, use a meditation/visualization which connects me to the earth that I can use in any situation or environment.   Some of my favorite grounding stones are ruby and hematite, which are often found in my pocket.  Finding a place of groundedness allows the big picture to come through, to filter into the physical world and to become embodied.  One of the things I work with with clients, both individuals and groups, is exploring grounding practices and tools that can be used in daily life.  I encourage everyone to create their own list of grounding practices and tools and will explore this topic more in future posts.

When my BP is too low, I tend to get too caught up in the details.  Another aspect of this is when I recognize I am feeling stuck or have a sense of efforting with “the list”; that it is a clear indicator that I need to take a break from what I am doing.  I know I need to step back.   Some of the ways I work with this is the pause, meditation, doing something creative, engaging with others, unplugging, etc.   “The pause” is what I call it when I step away from what I am working on and take some time to shift my energy from my point of focus.  This practice in and of itself helps me to reconnect with the big picture.   Clearly, this concept can go a bit against the grain of our push/push culture, especially in relation to work, but I feel it is key to staying connected to the big picture.

As I was finishing up this post, my partner, Mario, came home with a photo of a young red-tailed hawk sitting in a tree.  Suddenly, I thought of how the hawk is a great metaphor for this topic.  Hawks can sit for hours waiting and when they do move, they move consciously.  They also soar up high in the sky, seeing the big picture and yet, when it is time to move in, they are able to focus on the details, but with purpose and intention.

In Shamanic Healing, we often work with animal totems or spirits, as a way to receive guidance and wisdom.   Considered in this way, hawk can be seen as a visionary, able to soar up high and connect with the spiritual realm, the big picture.  Hawks also have keen eyesight and the ability to soar downward; they have the ability to be very precise and help to implement the big picture below.   Hawk medicine is said to unite heaven and earth, to connect with the universal energies and yet bring them down to earth in a practical way.  One of the messages of hawk energy is that we can carry the big picture into our daily lives and that if we do so, our life will be more fulfilling and purposeful.

How can we carry the message of hawk into our daily lives and find balance between heaven and earth, between the big picture and daily life?   How can our experiences and interactions in the world become more meaningful and purpose driven?  And what might happen in our world if we are able to move from this place of connection and balance?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and reflections on this post, on your own experiences of your BP being too high or too low, on finding balance or anything that arises from exploring this topic.

Living the Big Picture in Daily Life

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Being human in 2012 feels like the foundation has shifted in many ways, sometimes it feels like there is no foundation at all.  Some theories are the poles have shifted, the ley lines have changed, it’s the end of the Mayan calendar, old systems are falling, new ones are emerging and the list goes on.  Clearly, there are many things impacting life on earth at this time.   What I have experienced on a personal level is that things that felt in alignment and that I had been working towards for some time, suddenly feel out of alignment.  At other times, I know I would be more able to tune in and gain clarity, but given the current energetic intensities, I have found it more difficult than in the past.  I know I am not alone in this experience

Recently, I have been working with Life Coach Susan Bishop of the Unlocked Box, to reexamine my work and what direction I feel to move with it.   A major focus of our explorations is the big picture – finding the umbrella of vision that all I do will fall under.  For me, this is not so easy to do.  Even having been born an Aquarian, the details of life can easily overshadow the big picture for me.  This current exploration reminds me of how challenging it can be to live the big picture – to be a spiritual being having a human experience.  The day to day, the pull of the “real” world can be so strong and yet, what is so real about it?   Knowing there are deeper truths and believing this physical world is a mirror for something so much bigger, vaster and more powerful is still not always enough to hold that universal truth when faced with demands of daily life.  And yet, when I do, on those days when I can remember more fully the truth of who I am, life is so much lighter, so much happier and offers me a path to deeper awakening.

During the time I have been working on starting this blog, I picked up a book by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question.  In it she speaks of the Zen tradition of having a personal koan.  A koan is a paradoxical story, dialogue or question that is used as a starting point for meditative inquiry.  This got me thinking about writing a koan for this blog and for my exploration:

How do we hold the big picture in daily life?  How do we live as spiritual beings in a human body? How do we find our authenticity in the world and stay awake to the truth of who we are?  How do we live and breathe universal truth?   How do we embody the big picture in all of our experiences in the world?

In my own journey, some of the tools I use to help in staying in the big picture and holding universal truth in daily life include:

Meditation and Prayer

Spending time in Nature

Grounding and Energy Practices

Shamanic Journeywork

Connecting with Like-Minded Others

Creative Expression

Practicing the Pause

Starting my day with some type of meditation, prayer and intention has been a part of my life for a long time.  At this time, it feels even more vital to staying awake and conscious throughout each day.  And even then, as each challenge arises, I must remember.  That guy in his SUV cuts me off in DC beltway traffic or there’s a long line at the store when I am already late to a meeting; these are all times I can forget the truth of who I am and the big picture.  Carrying a meditative or spiritual practice with me throughout the day is one way to continue my sitting meditation in daily life.  I am also hoping this blog will be a part of carrying the big picture into daily life and I hope you will join me on this journey.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ways that you practice living the big picture in daily life.