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After the hurricane….the visiting owl

       If you read my previous post you know that my intent during Hurricane Irene was to release my negativity, fear, grief, anything that I no longer needed into her powerful frenzy. I imagined the winds swooping down into me and lifting away all the old baggage that has been heavy in my body, mind and soul. Little did I know at the time how effective my request would be. During the onset of the storms arrival and into the next day as it lingered on, I felt the winds of change within me.

I guess the old saying “be careful what you ask for”, applies . Releasing emotional energy means feeling emotional energy and letting it go. I felt the fear, grief, confusion, negativity and more, much more than I had anticipated. And like most of the people who were affected by the hurricane I was still feeling it a few days later. The actual physical damage from the storm was minimal. I had several large branches fall and I lost power for a short time. For  me, it was the inner shifting that was more dramatic.

One evening a couple of days after the hurricane and feeling somewhat alone in my journey of cleansing, I looked out into my backyard and saw an owl peacefully sitting above my deck. I watched him for a while and he seemed to watch me. As darkness descended he continued to sit. The next night and then the next night after on the same branch in the same spot, my owl came for a visit. I appreciated his company and felt somehow acknowledged in my dance with Irene. He seemed to me the perfect compliment to the storm’s recent activity. Stoic, silent, penetrating and barely ruffling his wings even in response to my barking dogs, his presence spoke of centering and peace. Just as with the storm, my intent is to align and soak in his vibration and come this kind of pure presence.

Powerful Hurricane == Powerful Change

     It is Friday Aug. 26th, 2011 and hurricane Irene is scheduled to pay NC a visit in about twenty four hours. Although the course that she is on will not directly impact me, we will most likely get some wind and rain. I have been through a few hurricanes here in NC. The most dramatic of which was, Floyd who caused major damage on my house and left me without power for almost two weeks.

As I contemplated Irene’s upcoming visit yesterday it occurred to me to shift my perspective on how I can view what is to come. I thought wouldn’t it be interesting if I felt fortunate for this storm instead of nervous and anxious. What if, those of us along the East Coast were being given the opportunity to release and let go of all that we no longer need. I could use her force to blow into the heavens all of my negativity, anger, fear, anything and everything that is impeding my ability to love self and others. She could be a powerful ally in wiping the slate clean. I need a fresh start. I have been though a bit emotionally in the past few years and I want my heart to be swept clean. What better help then a category 3 or 4 hurricane.

My intent is to churn up within me all that no longer serves me and with Irene’s help let it all go.

Of course there will be damage and fear, pain and perhaps some will be literally taken away in her winds. I send love to those who suffer in any way and ask Irene to be kind in her desire to clear the slate.

Transforming Emotion into Intuitive Awareness

For those of you who sometimes feel besieged by emotions and feelings and perhaps wonder what the purpose is for all of this intensity, let me share some good news with you. Emotions help us to know who we are and what works for us. They help us to take care of ourselves, make positive choices and when we listen to them they are an expert guide to self-awareness. And, besides these more obvious functions, emotional energy can be used to increase and empower your intuition.

I was recently asked by a client who is confronting a possible lay-off from her job how to best deal with anxiety and fear.  Her anxiety is at times so overwhelming she feels crippled by it and unable to make clear decisions. The unknown often provokes strong emotional reactions. At times of change, whether it is in your career, relationships, finances, health or family, clear intuitive guidance can be invaluable. Unfortunately, like static on the radio or television screen, emotional energy can interfere with and negatively influence intuition. Although when in the midst of a crisis it might seem that transforming and using your emotions to access intuitive information is impossible, it is easier than you think.  Emotions are energy. Although we feel them as pleasurable, uncomfortable, frustrating or uplifting, emotions are not good or bad, emotions are simply energy.  It is possible to slip underneath our personal reactions and responses and use the powerful energy behind our emotions. This is not denying how we feel. It is instead fully embracing what feels like the good, bad and ugly of our emotions and harnessing their potent energy.

The following is an exercise (taken from my book, Love and Intuition), that will help you to use your emotions to increase your intuitive ability.

Even though this exercise can be done while you are experiencing intense feelings, it is best to use  it when you are feeling more calm and balanced. 

  • Think of a question for which like higher guidance. Write it down. For example:

            What is my best career choice?

             Will I ever meet a soul mate?

             What can I do to improve my relationship with _____?

  • After you have written your question, close your eyes and take a few long, deep breaths—in and out.  As you breathe, draw your attention within.  Then, remember a time in your life that evokes a strong feeling.  Recall a memory or event that stirs up emotion.  Accept whatever comes to mind.  Perhaps it was a time when you were disappointed, excited, elated or filled with grief.
  •  Bring to your mind and body the intensity of those feelings. The feelings are not positive or negative, they are just energy.  Feel them as energy. 
  • Next, feel the powerful force behind these feelings.  Imagine that this powerful force can easily move through you, releasing any resistance or obstacles that may be interfering with your ability to receive clear intuitive guidance. Instead of repressing the intensity of your emotions and feelings, detach and do not judge them as good or bad.  Instead accept their power and vibrancy. Imagine breathing this energy through your body from the top of your head through the soles of your feet.
  • Continue moving this energy through your body, feeling yourself filling with vital and potent energy.  Your feelings have now transformed to pure energy. You may feel a tingling or a subtle vibration as this energy moves through you.
  • Imagine the flowing energy as a stream of white light, and project your question into it. This white light has intelligence and compassion.
  • Listen and receive, become open to whatever guidance comes to you. Maintain this receptive state for as long as possible.
  • Use your imagination to create symbols, images, numbers, letters or words with the energy that you are intuiting.  You may experience an instantaneous knowing or gut feeling.  Do not judge or try to think about or understand what you are receiving, try to remain as open as possible.
  • When you have receive as much information as you feel is possible at this time.  Take a few deep breathes, and come back fully into your body.  Open your eyes, and without thinking too much about what you received jot down your impressions and information.

As above, take time to interpret the impressions you received, remembering that guidance may not appear immediately. Don’t be discouraged if it takes days or even weeks to fully understand the intuitive guidance you recieved.