15 November 2013 0 Comments

LGS #95, Developing Discernment and Guidance Skills, Part 8: Knowing Whether to Act

“How do I know when I need to ride out something versus when I need to address it?”

If you can stay balanced and at peace without having to push any issues away, you can let some things ride. If something eats at you or presents an ongoing concern, address it.

Symptoms are wonderful guides. Even when a symptom comes and goes offers valuable information. A passing stomach ache may occur every time you eat an allergen, or whenever you begin to worry. An occasional cramp may indicate a mineral deficiency, which also causes less obvious but more important problems. A headache may tell you that you’re suppressing anger. Energy-based symptoms are also informative.

If you let something go by, observe whether or not it repeats. Bear in mind that the sooner you catch and address an issue the easier it is to correct. This applies to issues with energy and patterns in relationships as well as body symptoms. Don’t wait until issues become established.

Be attentive and intelligent, not neurotic and hypochondriacal. The difference between intelligent and neurotic is not in the subtlety of the issue but in the attitude with which you approach it.

P1030244In relationship be proactive, not defensive. Before addressing energy you may be picking up from someone it is essential to ask yourself WHY YOU are open to picking it up. Address your internal state and energy boundaries as soon as you feel distress. Look first to your motivations for doing so before taking this up with another person. If you’re working your own part and the other person is open, talking is good.

Psychic hygiene significantly improves moment-to-moment experience. I scan and make internal corrections right away if something is compromising the integrity of my energy systems.

Many subtle influences are difficult to distinguish from our personal energy fields. Weather patterns and the amount of available sunlight and can influence mood, especially rapidly changing barometric conditions or positive ion storms. Sun spot activity, solar flares, and the pull of a powerful full moon can cause difficult-to-track states.

Over time I have observed that what we might call Cosmic Weather has a significant impact. Influences that create floods, fires and earthquakes bring up human sensitivities. So do intense waves of emotion after disasters, from warfare or political threat.

Working with sensitive clients and checking in with skilled healers and therapists has shown me that local or global influence can be powerful. When my sensitive clients all come in reporting the same states and sensations, a theme emerges. Over time it becomes easier to discern cosmic or global influence.

It might be said that it is best to ride out influences over which we have no control. On the other hand, these influences evoke powerful emotions for which we may prefer support.

Intense conditions can bring to light issues that are less accessible during normal conditions. This is an opportunity to address issues that might otherwise remain buried. Difficult conditions are opportunities to develop a less-assailable state of balance.

I let influences ride out when I experience them as transient discomfort and feel a sense of perspective about them. When they throw me off balance I seek assistance. Sometimes just knowing what they are or having an idea how long they may last is sufficient support.

We want to make sense of our experience. In an attempt to do so we tend to make things up. For example, if external influences (like a positive ion storm) promote anger, we cast about for someone or something to be angry ABOUT, so our world makes sense. It can be a relief to realize that we are simply experiencing a passing sensation that has nothing to do with us.

How much tolerance do YOU have for distress?

Do you tolerate too much, react too much, or maintain a good balance?

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