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“You’re a powerful being.” – Virus to Human

You may have read the title to this post and thought I made a mistake. We are presently experiencing a world where a virus is impacting human movement, where the world has taken a pause, a TRUE break, because of a microbe. But I did not make a mistake in the title of this post. I believe that if we can move past the fear, anxiety and panic, we might be able to take an objective perspective on what this experience is teaching us, collectively and individually.

Perhaps you’ll join me in a reflective practice on seeing things symbolically? If you are choosing to continue to read, I hope you keep your mind and heart open.

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Imagine late November of 2019, a human being in Wuhan, China develops cold or flu like symptoms but thinks not much of it, and continues on with their daily life activities and practices. Let’s say this human has lived in Wuhan their entire life and perhaps has moved within a 100 kilometre radius for their entire life, not much farther. List of places and things this human may have visited and done (and other humans they may have been in contact with) is endless; however, let’s just assume that due to the cold, they had to stay home in late November for a few days, but before the symptoms developed into what they did, this human was living their normal life – time was spent at work, and with friends and family, privately and publicly. This was patient zero of COVID-19. Now this human in Wuhan, who has not travelled far (according to my educated presumptions, as I’ve followed the spread of this microbe since it was first reported back in December 2019), has touched every single corner of the globe, people whom they may have known or not known, people they’ve never heard of and will never meet.

Let’s pause and breathe for a moment. Deep breaths, please.

In the midst of the presently palpable global panic (and anxiety created as a result), each of us has a choice in how we act, what perspectives/views we take on, and what we learn from this pandemic. We can look at obvious things such as the importance of maintaining good hand (and overall) hygiene, keeping common public areas and surfaces clean, staying away from others when not feeling well (especially those who are immunocompromised), as all are part of a social responsibility we’ve always had towards each other that has been highlighted by the current world pandemic. We could also look at what it means to have a well funded healthcare system, what the real risks of overpopulation are, and how our individual carbon footprint contributes to the health of our planet and each human being (irrelevant of our proximity to them). If you thought of those, you’d have valid points to present to policy makers, politicians, CEOs, as well as arguments against consumer economic model’s impact on overall health and wellness of all humans. But I want to challenge you to perhaps look at it with an even broader perspective. One that affects the state of your inner being.

Are you still practicing deep, mindful breathing?

I want to talk about patient zero of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. This human had no idea that the infection they were battling would reach humans all around the world, impact travel, stock markets, economies, healthcare systems, all businesses, trade. This human had no idea that they were even infectious or spreading anything to anyone, but just going about their daily life.

I’d like to challenge you now to imagine that patient zero of COVID-19, this human, has lived their life with great awareness, and commitment to self evolvement, growth and learning. Imagine that this human has healed their inner childhood traumas and faced themselves with honesty and compassion. Imagine that as a result of all of the self work that this human has embarked on that they are now open, loving, compassionate, self-aware, socially and environmentally conscious and responsible, empathetic, reflective, that they make choices with integrity and honesty (considering how their choices affect not just their life but others, animals and the environment), that they have good self-esteem and that they practice good self care.

Have you imagined it? Close your eyes and breathe until you get there.

Now I want you to imagine that instead of spreading a microbe to others in late November, patient zero spread empathy, compassion, honesty, love, self care practices, healing, social and environmental consciousness, or choices made with integrity. What if we were to spread those energies like a pandemic but instead of a viral pandemic which debilitates and hurts lives, it becomes a ‘pandemic’ that is energetically illuminating for all humans, all animals, as well as our planet?

Let’s contemplate a perspective and imagine that what this virus is actually teaching us is not about how powerful microbes are but how powerful we are, because every word we utter, every thought we have, every choice we make, every single thing we do or don’t do, impacts not just us individually, but every single human we come in contact with, and humans that they come in contact with, and so on and so forth, so that you, individually, create an energetic ripple that reaches people you may never meet. YOU are a powerful being!

Look at how much personal power patient zero of the COVID-19 pandemic has, to have reached every continent and impacted many different aspects of societies. Patient zero of COVID-19 is not much different from you or I. This human does not have fame like a well-known artist does, for example. Sure, we could give the virus some credit with respect to its efficient spread globally, but you could also give compassion and kindness the same kind of weight, if you practice it. YOU are a powerful being!

Each of us has a choice to hold ourself accountable to our personal power and live our lives with integrity. In doing so, we spread all of who we are, energetically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, to others, just like this microbe which has travelled from Wuhan, China to places that patient zero of COVID-19 may have never visited or even heard of. YOU are a powerful being!

There may be another viral pandemic in the future. There may be economic challenges. There may be wars. There may be travel bans. There may be shortages in supplies. No matter what happens, remember that you have the power in you to elevate and grow through anything, and to look at the event symbolically, so that you understand what this means for everyone, globally, and to always remind yourself that YOU are a powerful being!

Love & light,

T


BIG Questions

 

There are a few big truths I’ve learned about being human thus far:

Understanding ones Self allows an understanding of others.

Trusting ones Self fully allows one to trust another.

Empowering ones Self allows not just the ability to empower others but to practice self-esteem and speak one’s truth.

A lot of these lessons I understood through my own reflective practice, though I’ve read and heard many teachers hand these priceless jewels out in their writings and lectures. Of course you can only fully understand something if you sit with it in reflection, practice and experience it.

I have come to understand that a reflective practice is vital in our growth however I only learned to ask the big questions, questions which served me and my growth, in the last year. These questions stem from an awareness and a big truth which is that nothing anyone ever does is about us but is an extension of the space in their Self in which they dwell. However, asking why someone does, says or thinks something, is not a question which serves us or helps us grow.

The only place you can surely settle into and, if you choose to do so, learn intimately is your own Self. Immersing ones Self into the depths of your soul or spirit, whether through a meditative practice or a reflective practice or through creative expressions etc, is a sure way to centre oneSelf. However, to navigate these spaces, even through different practices,  one must ask questions which serve you.

I have learned that some of the big questions which serve your growth include:

Why do I think this or think in this way?

Why do I feel this way about an event?

Why did I say this during a specific event?

Why was this my internal reaction to an event?

Why do I believe this?

What is it about this person/place/situation that makes me feel the way I do?

One of my favourite teachers, Caroline Myss, would say that these questions are not small but “they’re great big huge and you cannot possibly answer them that quickly.” I feel that the list of questions above are good starting points for reflection.

In my own reflective practice, asking these questions has provided a lot of clarity for me, but more importantly, they have acted as an anchor to my centre, my true Self. These questions have also brought up inner work I wasn’t aware I needed to do. I found that awareness painful at times, but the more I’ve done it, the easier it has been to be centred even during events that have in the past taken me far away from that space.

Our humanity dictates our imperfections, and thereby demands courage to grow, learn, evolve, allow, and ultimately, to fly. To me, the greatest representation of freedom are birds in the sky – they can fly anywhere, see things from different altitudes and perspectives, experience different horizons – and I view finding one’s centre to be like a bird in flight, gliding across the sky, without attachment, free and prepared to experience anything, anyone, in any weather. For me, dwelling in big questions, objectively and without judgement, has allowed my own freedom of flight and, so far, the views have been illuminating.

Wishing you love, light and a soaring flight,

T


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