A lovely and talented former student has tossed out an idea for a newsletter topic, so off we go:
She’d written to tell me about her action-packed summer in balmy South Dakota, and of her intent to return to classes in the fall. She told me that she struggles with the motivation to continue with her tools and meditation since graduating from the Clairvoyant program, and how can students keep their meditation practice fresh, without the discipline of a class?
That’s a fantastic question! A lack of motivation can be a common theme for new students or those that are practicing by themes–oh, who am I kidding, it can be a theme for anyone! It’s a matter of settling into a routine; there’s a reason we call it a practice. The mythical “they” say that it takes 21 days of repetition for a habit to set in. While I have no idea who first offered that up, I have found the information to be very helpful. When refreshing a habit of making the bed, for example, I did find that there’s a point where the brain automatically gives out the instruction. It really does work.
We can probably agree that it’s easier and more fun to meditate in a classroom setting, where there’s a guide to fire up the engines and hold space for the experience. If there’s one student that’s particularly grounded, it gives the others permission to be grounded, too. The more you ground, the more motivation there is to do it again!
Often our motivation, or lack thereof, is all about resistance when you come right down to it. Resistance can be so deeply entrenched that we devote entire classes and workshops to the topic. Resistance to a meditation practice can come from a lack of trust in the process, or a feeling that it won’t have an impact. We might have deeply buried religious energy around God and the Bible being the only path to Spirit, for example, or we might have equally deep atheist energy that suggests we have nothing but our 3D reality to rely on, in the end.
These are just a few examples of energies that might come up when we’re resisting a meditation practice; there are many, many others. But the bottom line is this: resistance isn’t us, it comes from other people’s energy, ideas and opinions that we carry in our fields. We incarnate as helpless infants and, even before birth, we’re marinating in our caregivers’ energies. We continue to absorb and exchange energy with them, as we witness how they handle themselves in the world. Later in life, as we set out to know ourselves more fully and authentically, a lot of that subconscious “other” material is going to come up and present as resistance.
If you’re familiar with energy tools, you know what to do! Move out resistance. Move out foreign energy, whatever isn’t “you”. If you know you’re uncomfortable but don’t know why, move out anything that isn’t neutral. Moving these three simple energies covers a lot, and gives a sense of expansion.
Here’s a fun “group” exercise, but first you have to get into your meditation space: put a map of your neighborhood, your city, your country or the world – you get the idea – in front of you. Let it light up wherever people are meditating at a very high, beautiful vibration, working for the greatest good. See the individuals as little dots of light. Some of them may be working on themes like the war in Ukraine, or U.S. border issues, or the Canadian wildfires; just notice what you notice. Others might be offering healing to Mother Earth, the plant and animal kingdoms and so on. Some will be healing themselves. It doesn’t really matter, it’s all healing.
Notice and appreciate the volume of healing work that’s going on around us, right now!
Once I see the map start to light up, I’ll pick an area I’d like to join. I might tap into the collective, grounded healing energy at that location. Or I might imagine gold lines of energy creating a sort of healing web, and link my grounding to that of the other healers in that area. Another option is to envision a blue grid of healing energy around the earth, plugging into that. Just like meditating with others in a classroom setting, it can feel very communal. Often I sense that I’ve joined a flow of healing energy.
What’s interesting about these exercises is that sometimes I have a sense of other personalities in the space, like students in a classroom. I even joined a group one day and found that a couple of them scootched over, energetically, as if to make more room. Of course, I’m always staying out of other people’s space and practicing energy hygiene.
When you think about it, if we can easily come together in classes on Zoom, what would stop us from coming together in the psychic space, from different parts of the world?
These are just a few ideas for working with your motivation, for those of you familiar with the tools. It might also be a jumping-off point to inspire a new and brilliant idea of your own!
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