A lot can happen in 30 days. Was it really just a month ago that we were living our lives as usual – working… going to school… having dinner parties… congregating… with an abundance of toilet paper. And now here we are, isolated in our homes, our children are home from school, many of us are suddenly out of work and the toilet paper aisles are barren… all due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a clairvoyant I didn’t see this coming, although I had several spiritual experiences with Kali in my meditations last year that seemed laser-focused on 2020 (Kali is the fiery Hindu goddess of destruction and transformation). At the time I interpreted these messages as premonitions for my own personal life; I now understand these psychic experiences were foreshadowing a collective future.
Which begs the question – was this virus a fated event? And if so, what is its purpose?
I’ve been searching for answers by looking back on my own experiences and in retrospect, I’ve noticed how life unfolds in cycles. There have been times in my life where everything seemed easy… as well as periods of excruciating difficulty – the proverbial “dark nights of the soul”. And although I wouldn’t wish those dark nights on my worst enemy, I also would never take them back, because those were the experiences that led to great transformation. They were cycles of darkness that revealed my light.
The coronavirus pandemic is a similar cycle of darkness for us as a collective. It’s a period of tremendous chaos with an equally tremendous opportunity for transformation and rebirth. I emphasize the word “opportunity” here because it implies that we have a choice. We can choose to remain in old habits and patterns that don’t serve us or the collective, or us or we can use this experience as a catalyst to align with our souls, ultimately creating a more compassionate and soulful society.
Seeing the pandemic through this lens moves us from panic to peace because it refocuses our attention from what we can’t control (how the virus disrupts our lives) to what we can control (how we respond; how we use the experience for evolution and positive change).
The main task in this evolution is excavation – it involves removing all of the conditioned thoughts, beliefs, patterns and perceptions that block or limit the full expression of the soul. With that in mind, here are four spiritual themes I’m exploring right now that might resonate with you too:
1. The Revelation of Addictions & Coping Patterns
Addictions and coping patterns are all the things we do to avoid feeling our true feelings. When an emotion feels “too big” to handle or an inner truth feels unbearable to face, we revert to an addiction or coping pattern as a distraction.
Some addictions and coping patterns are very apparent, such as an uncontrollable need to overeat or drink alcohol. Others are unconscious, subtle or more socially acceptable, such as workaholism. But all addictions and coping patterns restrict your ability to connect with your soul because when you block your connection to your emotions, you also block your connection to your intuition. In order to be guided intuitively, we must be able to feel the full spectrum of our emotions.
This period of self-isolation is a perfect time to explore your addictions and coping patterns because many of them will be naturally limited due to government-imposed lock-downs. Shoppers can’t go to the mall. Drinkers can’t go to the bar. Gamblers can’t go to the casino.
I realize that all of the above can be done at home or online however my point is that sometimes it’s only when our patterns are interrupted, that we can see what our patterns are.
Personally, I got a mindful smack of my own when I read a post from Nicole LePera on Instagram that read, “Go-go-go is a coping pattern”. Until this period of mandatory slow-down and shut-down, I hadn’t even realized that one of my coping patterns is “keeping busy”. When I’m busy, I don’t have time to feel. Plus “keeping busy” is not only socially acceptable, it’s praised.
Another subtle coping pattern that might reveal itself to you in isolation is the need to be constantly socializing. What comes up for you when your ability to socialize is taken away???
Whatever your addiction or coping pattern is, don’t beat yourself up for having it. We all fall prey to distraction, and we begin to dismantle them first by becoming aware of what they are and second by having the courage to JUST FEEL instead of reaching for our go-to addiction.
2. Examining Our Relationship to Security
Another huge theme for us to explore at this time is our relationship to security. A crucial question to ask is: “From where do I derive my feelings of security?”
Most of us (myself included) have been conditioned to place our sense of security in something external – a job, relationship, bank account balance, etc. There are two main limitations with this perspective:
a) All of these things are transient and can be taken away in a flash, as we see with this pandemic…
b) It’s a very “heady” way of living that often restricts the soul and it’s purpose.
I see this clearly when I give intuitive readings for students at the local college. I am always astounded at the number of students enrolled in programs that are COMPLETELY UNRELATED to their gifts, talents, passions and soul purpose. When I bring this up with the students, they repeatedly tell me that chose their area of study “for security” (often as a result of their parents’ influence). They also often admit they are unhappy or feel off-course. No wonder we are all so depressed!
There is a better way, one that I am admittedly still trying to master. It involves placing our sense of security in something internal rather than external; in something unchanging and fixed. It’s the solid sense of security that arises from connecting to our intuition, soul and higher power. It’s a deep trust in oneself and the power that created us.
This kind of security is unshakable because it tethers us to something that will never crumble. It’s the kind of security that can withstand a pandemic or any other curve ball life will throw at us.
The only way to create inner security is by taking time every single day to connect to who you truly are (in other words, MEDITATE), and then take action on the guidance you receive. This builds the “muscle” of intuition and in time, re-configures your sense of security from external to internal.
3. Cultivating Present Moment Awareness
“There is what’s happening, and then there is your story about what’s happening…”
This is an opportune time to explore your “stories” or inner commentary about the pandemic and whatever else is unfolding in your life. Notice the dialogue in your mind. Is it positive? Negative? Fearful? Hopeful? There is likely a correlation between how your mind is responding to this situation and how it responds to every challenging situation. Write down what your mind is telling you. Notice any patterns.
This practice of noticing helps us detach from the mental commentary and instead connect to the present moment. This cultivates body-awareness, presence and a stronger connection to our intuition by letting go of the need to make things right or wrong.
Eckhart Tolle suggests that we ask, “How would I experience this situation without my mind’s interpretation of the situation???”
Your answer to that question will move you from panic to peace, no matter what is going on externally.
4. Examining Our Relationship to Oneness
If there is one major theme to examine during the pandemic, it is the theme of ONENESS. I don’t think there’s ever been a time (at least not in my lifetime) where we’ve been more acutely aware of not only our interconnection but also our interdependence. We truly are one… but do our daily choices reflect that truth???
As individuals it is an important time to question how our actions (or inaction) affect the whole. My friend and teacher Robert Ohotto suggests we ask ourselves this question:
“How does COVID-19 reveal where we are living blind to our inter-connectedness in ways that cause suffering?”
To me, this involves becoming more aware of how even my smallest choices such as what shampoo I buy might affect someone across the world. And on a larger scale, I can see how the bigger decisions I make have an even greater impact on the collective.
Before I rented a space for my office last fall for example, I was torn between an intuitive pull to take the space and a fear of failure. I experienced a similar inner conflict the first time I was asked to speak! But in both cases I went ahead and followed my intuition and many people were helped and supported as a result. Who knows what ripple effect following our intuition will create?
Ultimately this is why I’m so passionate about teaching people how to live intuitively – because by following our intuition, our actions align with what’s best for the whole. It’s the optimal way to align with the universal truth of oneness.
These are just a few of the many possible themes I’m exploring during this opportune time for introspection. What are you working on? What are you going through? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know…
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa