I had a little mini reunion with some family members last week in Wisconsin, where I grew up. One of them I love dearly, but I don’t see her often and our connection is very much of 3D; we’re walking different paths. She’s not familiar with my work and began to ask me some questions. Dissatisfied with my quick and dirty explanation that I teach people to meditate, she wanted to know what that meant, pressing me to demonstrate what I might say to my students.
There’s nothing like describing our meditative practices that reminds me how deceptively simple the tools are. I remember the first time someone described putting an uncomfortable feeling in a bubble and popping the bubble. It was a new idea, but at the same time completely familiar, like I’d been raised by wolves then someone sat me down to a plate of food, handed me some silverware and I just picked up the fork and ate, no big deal.
Of course! I said to myself. Of course you put something in a bubble, blow it up and it goes away! Why wouldn’t you? I remember sitting there in class thinking whoa, while my teacher, Lynn, serenely went on with the lesson. In that moment everything changed; the knowledge had rung a sudden, distant bell, a truth coming to revisit me from another life.
We tell our students: you already know these tools, we’re just reminding you. I described to my family member how she could create a soap bubble and fill it up with a bad feeling, or stress, or worry. I said, you can even just blow random bubbles! You don’t have to know what they’re for but you might notice you feel lighter afterward.
She looked skeptical. Yeah, I said, I know. We both laughed and went back to whatever we’d been doing. Later that day something happened that, as I like to say, rang her bells. She leaned over and whispered to me, “I’m supposed to bubble it, right?” I told her, you can do whatever you want but why not? Give it a try!
Words to live by in these turbulent times: Just Bubble It! Or, as we tell our students, blow a rose or blow the picture. We all have access to this simplest of tools. The more we use it, the more we are reminded that we have some control over our lives, even when it seems the plot points are too big for our little part in the cosmic play. What if each of us is actually the director of the play? Wouldn’t we handle everything differently, if we assumed we could orchestrate our lives instead of just reacting to it?
That’s what makes the tools so fun; it’s when you blow a rose and you feel differently, something has shifted. It validates your intent; I want to feel better so I’m going to move energy. The best way is to start small then work your way up to the big stuff.
I’m reminded of how keeping it simple can really shift the big stuff when our staff works with people who are facing events like surgeries, divorce and other challenging situations. As healers we can help people see positive outcomes that they aren’t able to envision for themselves, because we’re neutral.
Recently, I helped a client mock-up, or visualize in advance, a very significant surgery. My client wanted to add into the mock-up that she would experience a miraculous outcome. She saw people high-fiving and celebrating. We visualized the surgical staff congratulating her, and the nursing staff’s eyebrows raised in delight at the excellent news. The minute she got out of surgery and learned what the surgeon had discovered, she wrote me an email in which she flat-out hollered, I GOT MY HIGH FIVES!!! She was elated. Her husband was elated. The surgical staff was elated. She did experience a loss, which she expected, but she has reason to be relieved and excited about her future.
The fun part was that we didn’t do a lot more than blow some bubbles and ground everything. Bubbles for fear, bubbles for hospital energy, bubbles for other people’s pain, bubbles for anyone else’s opinion about how it was all gonna turn out. A little grounding and we were good!
We spent some time brainstorming with one of my favorite mock-up tools: “What could go wrong?”
What could go wrong is a great tool. Because it’s easy to think of what you do want for your life: I want to be happy! I want to have a great partner/job/children/experiences! But it’s when you start to look at the different things that can stand in your way, it becomes more apparent what you really want to experience. As she began to blow bubbles for energies that didn’t belong to her, we discovered that what my client wanted most deeply was to be at peace with her experience. She wanted to feel held and supported by the Universe. She wanted to know there was nothing more she needed to do, that she would be fully taken care of in every way and she wanted the same for her family. Then, she could let go.
We cleared a lot of energy that day. After we moved out all of the challenges we could think of, she had so much more space to have fun with the outcome. She had room to visualize miracles, room for elation, room for high fives. Because she felt so much lighter, it wasn’t a stretch for her to bring those qualities into her energy field.
My client went into surgery at peace, knowing that whatever the outcome, she would be fine. It just took a few bubbles, some grounding and a gold sun to fill in. Maybe someday it will be even easier to shift our experiences but here in 2022, I would call that miraculous.
Rt. Rev. Katie Heldman is the Co-Director of Psychic Horizons Center, and wrote this article for the June/July 2022 Newsletter.