Have you ever cried for no reason or expressed emotions for inexplicable reasons? Well, this could mean one of two things: There actually is a reason and you’re just avoiding it, or you’re sensitive to energy around you.
For example, I attended a funeral last week and immediately after walking into the room, I felt a dense and heavy energy. For a few days afterwards, I did not feel like myself. Yes, many may attribute this to mourning, but to me death represents more of a celebration than a goodbye.
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I realized that at least some of the emotions I was feeling didn’t seem like my own because they weren’t; I hadn’t energetically cleansed myself since the ceremony, so I was still extremely susceptible to other people’s energies.
Learning to Accept and Love ‘Negativity’
Before you go blaming all of your emotions on “being sensitive to ‘negative’ energy,” let’s clarify what exactly ‘negative’ energy is.
There seems to be a genuine misunderstanding surrounding negativity within the New Age Spirituality movement. When discussing negativity, I often hear people say “negativity is non-existent” or “all that exists is the Light.” Yes, the fact that we come from and are one with Source (or Love or Light) is a universal truth, but that doesn’t mean we may not perceive and believe in negativity, which makes it something we feel.
We are all souls, individual fragments of Source manifested, and we’re here expressing our human experiences. Part of that experience is living in a dualistic world at this time, and in this dimension, duality still exists: light and darkness, love and fear, negative and positive, and so on.
So, if a perceivably negative emotion comes up after you suffer a trauma, to brush it off by saying “you don’t exist” may lead to you suppressing that emotion. The point isn’t to run away from darkness, but rather to face it head on and accept it. After all, could we fully appreciate the good times without the challenging ones?
I say “perceivably negative” because, when it all comes down to it, it’s all about your perception. What makes something negative negative in the first place? Our minds and particularly our egos develop these programs that can cause us distinguish right from wrong and positive from negative while in this world. However, would we still view things as negative if those programs weren’t there?
There isn’t a simple answer to this question, but I’ll try to provide you with an example. Earlier this week, my door broke as I was leaving my house to meet a friend. My mind immediately started to elicit a stressful response to what had happened, so I originally perceived the situation as an issue or as a “negative” situation. However, I decided to remove myself from the drama my mind was quickly creating, silence it, and follow my gut instead.
My door breaking actually ended up being a wonderful opportunity for me to fix it myself! I’m a young woman without much experience using tools, so I felt extremely empowered after I fixed the door myself using the random tools I had. The situation that many would perceive as a negative, to me, was actually a positive experience!
You can do this with anything in life. For example, if you’re super late for a meeting, perhaps you avoided a car accident as a result. If you get fired from a job, perhaps you would’ve been miserable if you had stayed. The moment you decide to change your perception and look at things for what they are, the more you’ll understand that everything is in perfect order and somehow serving you.
How Do We Define and Recognize Negativity?
So, how do we define negativity? Well, it’s important to acknowledge that what we define as negativity has a lower vibration than what we define as positivity. In simpler terms, imagine a time where you could feel something as being ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ I’m not referring to the programs stored in your mind and societal constructs, but rather your intuitive feelings. For example, you may have had this sinking feeling in your gut when something felt “wrong.” That’s your intuition picking up on vibrational frequencies! And there is science to back that sort of feeling.
Everything has its own vibration and frequency. When you really think about it, everything is made up of energy, so this makes perfect sense. For example, when it comes to various emotions, these can raise or decrease your own vibration, causing us to emit a different field. The HearthMath Institute has actually scientifically proven this, as their research shows that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body and negative emotions have the opposite effect.
Much of HeartMath’s research is actually on the heart. Their findings show that the electromagnetic field emitted from the human heart can be measured and that by simply shifting our emotions, we can alter the information that’s coded into these heart-radiated magnetic fields. The heart has a system of neurons with both short term and long term memories and so, when heart signals are sent to the brain, they affect our emotional experiences. In fact, HeartMath has shown that by thinking positive thoughts, you can boost your immune system. Read more about this in this CE article.
If you’re interested in learning more about vibrations, frequencies, and the law of attraction, I’d suggest listening to Kevin Trudeau‘s audio CDs. His work is fairly controversial; however, I find a lot of truth within it.
How to Rid Yourself of Negative Energy
If you’ve noticed you’re susceptible to negative energy or feel you need to block yourself from it, here are a few things you can do:
I’m a huge fan of this, but you need to be careful about your intention behind it. All you need to do is envision a white light (or specific colour that resonates with you) around you that’s “shielding” your body from any outer energies. For example, I’ve done this at funerals, while driving, or in other settings people perceive to be full of negative energy or danger.
However, if you’re energetically shielding yourself from the negativity you’re perceiving to be coming from another individual, this may be a good opportunity to look inwards. Why is it that you’re perceiving this individual as being so negative? Since we’re all, at least to some degree, reflections of each other, if that individual has a trait you’re perceiving to be extremely negative, perhaps that trait is one that you hold within you as well.
It’s also important to note that energetic shields force you to spend a lot of energy holding them up. If you’re consciously thinking about creating and maintaining that field, then you may not be fully present. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with energetic shielding — it is a beautiful practice with many excellent uses — but you should consider the intent behind your shield as well as weigh your other options before using one.
Emotional cords are bound to you, often from specific events, traumas, and/or from other people transferring energy to you, and they can be considered as positive or negative. For example, positive cords can be found when you’re in love, as your partner wishes the best for you. Negative cords could be created from your own self-judgement or from someone pushing negative emotions onto you. Whether the cords you have are positive or negative, it is ideal to have no emotional cords whatsoever. Read more in this CE article here.
Sound Reiki Healer Catherine Varga shared this simple method with me to release energetic/emotional cords. Whenever you feel an energetic tie or emotional cord has been established, you can release it by physically pulling it out of you. Once you notice its presence on one of your chakras, you can use your hands to pull the cord out of you, as if you’re pulling a rope, and then visualize it leaving your body.
Washing Your Hands or Body
Much like your physical body, your energetic body needs to maintain good hygiene, too. Water is one of our greatest assets because it can cleanse both our physical and energetic bodies. An excellent way to rid yourself of other people’s energy is to actually physically wash your hands or whole body. As you feel the water flowing down on you, envision all of the negative energy washing off too.
Sage or “Smudging”
Not only does sage smell awesome, but it can also cleanse your home and your body of negative energy. Smudging with sage has been used for many years to cleanse people’s energetic auras and rid outer environments of negative energy.
It’s important to note that negativity can always serve you in some way. Your soul chose to incarnate onto this planet and experience duality, so how can negativity be “a bad thing?” Don’t run from darkness; treat it as a learning opportunity. By learning about and accepting the darker parts of ourselves and the universe, we can begin to fully appreciate the light.
New Moon In Capricorn: Power Struggles, Intensity & Renewal
We are having a New Moon in Capricorn on January 13th throughout most of the world and on the night of the 12th in Central to Western North America. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Leo on January 28th/29th.
Capricorn season began on the December 21st solstice, just over three weeks prior to this lunation, and will end on January 19th/20th when Aquarius season begins. However, this New Moon will carry some of the Capricorn energies into the earlier part of Aquarius season.
This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Capricorn is associated with structure, ambitions, achieving goals, mastery, business, career, social status, responsibilities, duty, authority, governance, and hard work. It is cautious, worldly, conservative, and pragmatic. As an Earth sign, it has the qualities of practicality, reliability, solidity and being grounded. This element is very much orientated around the physical and material world. Negatively, Capricorn energy can be too serious, cynical, cold, controlling, and unrelenting.
New Moon Conjunct Pluto
This New Moon is aligned with Pluto which is also in Capricorn. This energy can be strong willed, focused, calculated, strategic, secretive, transformational, probing, deep, regenerating, sexual, cleansing, purging, and evolutionary. It can also be destructive, heavy, controlling, intense, subversive, obsessive, compulsive, jealous, power seeking, authoritarian, abusive, violent, manipulative, and dark.
Pluto rules investments, taboos, transmutation, hidden matters, repressed feelings, shadows, psychoanalysis, and the underworld. It is associated with power struggles, conspiracies, viruses, death, fears as well as fearlessness. This Plutonian energy will be strongly felt during the New Moon and in the two days following it, but it will still affect the entire Lunar Cycle.
Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will be there until 2024. Collectively, this is a period of major changes affecting government, financial structures, and business in a big way. This has been more obvious in recent years as Saturn, the Lunar South Node, and Jupiter have all joined Pluto in the same sign. This will continue to be a big theme over the remaining years of Pluto in Capricorn and beyond. We also recently had a Great Conjunction in Aquarius on December 21st which also reflects changes affecting society in a big way over a long period.
This Lunar Cycle can really trigger the collective impact of this energy especially considering the current landscape. To learn more about all of this, I recommend reading my Pluto in Capricorn article from 2017 here and my more recent Great Conjunction article here.
Mars Conjunct Uranus In Taurus Square Jupiter & Saturn in Aquarius
The action oriented Mars recently changed signs into Taurus on January 6th/7th and has since been approaching Uranus, the planet of surprises and rebellion, in the same sign. They are both applying squares to Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius which are still in close proximity with each other.
During this New Moon, from January 12th-14th, Mars is in a square with Saturn which is the first exact aspect made between these four planets. Our actions can be faced with obstacles, delays, resistance, or limitations. Conflicts around boundaries or restrictions can play out. Doing tasks may require extra patience and caution.
As this is finishing, Jupiter will be going into an exact square with Uranus from January 14th to the 19th. This energy can be freedom seeking, rebellious, scattered, idealistic, or even risk taking. It could be good for exploring, learning, education, or expansiveness around things that are new to us, unconventional, technological, scientific, progressive, or metaphysical.
Mars then makes its exact conjunction with Uranus from the 19th to the 21st while it is finishing its square Jupiter. It can really crank up the energies mentioned above and this energy can also be impulsive, erratic, experimental, disruptive, surprising, irritable, and quick tempered.
From the 21st until the 24th, Mars will then be in exact square with Jupiter. We may feel like doing things in a big way but it’s important to be cautious around what we do because we can more easily apply ourselves in a way that is overextending, overestimating, or overlooking of important things. Conflicts around beliefs, opinions, judgements, and principles can play out.
During the later part of this period, the Sun will be in a conjunction with Saturn from the 23rd to 24th. This can have a serious tone, and perhaps the need to be realistic, cautious, orderly, disciplined, committed, or responsible, may come up. Following this, the Sun will be making aspects to Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars in the last week of January and into the first few days of February which can trigger some of the energies mentioned earlier in this section.
The combination of all of these planets in close proximity to aspects with each other throughout January can be good for applying ourselves in new ways that are congruent with changes that are happening personally or collectively. However, it can also be a time of anger, impulsiveness, and rebelliousness towards obstacles, restrictions, opinions, beliefs, authority figures, as well as other recent or upcoming developments, circumstances, or changes.
Venus Square Chiron & Trine Uranus, Mercury Entering pre-Retrograde Shadow
Venus in Capricorn is in a square with Chiron in Aries at the time of this New Moon and in the day leading up to it. This can bring up wounds, blockages, negative patterns, or can reflect themes around healing, holistic perception, or perhaps solutions when it comes to love, our social life, friends, pleasures, values, or monetary issues.
Venus is also in a trine with Uranus in Taurus which is strongest in the day and half following this New Moon. It can bring a new, stimulating, unusual, exciting, inspiring, liberating, unexpected, or unique energy around our relations with others. This can also reflect surprises, positive changes, or freeing type of developments around financial matters. In some cases it can be good for exploring new ways of making money that can be innovative, online, metaphysical, or technologically oriented.
On January 15th, Mercury in Aquarius will be entering the shadow period of its retrograde that will be beginning on January 30th/31st and last until February 20th/21st. It can increasingly start to feel like it’s retrograde during these weeks leading up to it as delays, technological/mechanical problems, mistakes, miscommunications, misunderstandings, or other complications can be more probable than in the previous six weeks.
Certain developments, interactions, connections, or issues that occur at this time can be connected to how this retrograde will affect us in February through its adjusting and perceptive changing qualities. There can be something we are not seeing clearly that needs to unfold throughout the upcoming retrograde and post-retrograde process. I will be writing a separate article on this, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.
Making Intentions & Things To Consider
What changes do you need to make when it comes to your ambitions, career, structures, or business matters? What can you do to make your profession more congruent with a changing world? What are you fighting for and what can you do to be more calculated, effective, and persuasive? What kind of strategies can you employ to help you achieve your goals? Do you need to be more innovative when it comes to making money? What area of your life is calling for some sort of purging, cleansing, empowerment, and/or transformation?
These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 5:00am Universal Time on January 13th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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Mermaids: Ancient Mythology or Actual Reality?
- The Facts:
Mermaids have been written about by several cultures across multiple time periods, from Babylon till now. There have even been claims of recent sightings. With all of the lore that exists, it's not hard to imagine these beings could be real.
- Reflect On:
How many examples exist where ancient knowledge has turned into ancient fact? How much do we really know about our true suppressed history? Could there be a whole world we don't know about our there?
Photo credit: Ramakien Murals depicting the hero Hanuman meeting the mermaid Suvannamaccha, Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand, 1831.
Ancient lore is fascinating to say the least, especially if you dive into mythology. What’s always attractive about mythology is that there are good reasons to believe that a lot of it isn’t actually mythological, but real in some cases.
We see this in many examples, Plato’s (among others before and after him) description of Atlantis could be one, especially when you tie in all of the evidence that’s emerged of its existence. Another example could be people with ‘superhuman’ abilities, like clairvoyance, telepathy, and psychokinesis that we find in a lot of Buddhist and other ancient Eastern texts.
Today, there are many documents and examples of people who demonstrate these types of abilities. Another great example is Nikola Tesla, who derived his ideas of “free energy” and electrical generators from ancient Vedic concepts. Let’s not forget about modern day quantum physics and neuroscience and their close correlation with ancient eastern philosophy and buddhism.
There are many topics to choose from, and it seems that we always place ideas and concepts that don’t fit within the frame of accepted reality into the ‘mythological’ category. This is obviously quite understandable, but remember that those who actually spoke about these creatures and studied the lore are certain some of these so-called mythological concepts were completely real. Why is that so?
Perhaps they were? I don’t think we should completely rule out the possibility. Mermaids are a great example, and one of many.
We see images everywhere today, Starbucks even uses the two-tailed mermaid as their logo. According to Greek mythology, mermaids, also known as sirens, were predatory in nature, masters in the art of seduction. They would seduce men at sea with songs and promises of sex, only to kill those who succumbed to their lure. But stories of their benevolence and malevolence differ.
One study in the Journal of Academic Study of Religion explains,
The mermaid blurs the boundary between woman and fish, femininity and carnality, land and sea, human and other. She is also held to be an astral entity in various metaphysical circles, in the mermaiding industry she is often marketed as an ambassador for marine preservation, and in the general pervasiveness of this character, competing with inhuman beings such as vampires, werewolves, and angels in the heavily mediated realm of contemporary culture, the mermaid represents an additional opportunity to invest in an other-than-human identity.
They are also depicted in ancient Vedic lore, the story of Suvannamaccha, for example, comes from the Asian versions of ancient Hindu mythology. They are not always depicted as luring, tricky beasts, some stories speak of them as protectors, falling in love, and more. They also tell of a history of capture, which isn’t surprising, reflecting a dark tendency of the human race in our current state of consciousness. It would be no surprise why these beings may not take to kindly to the race of men, and perhaps still don’t. After all, look what we’ve done to the oceans and continue to do. Look what we are doing to life on this planet…
According to one of the foremost authorities on the subject, Manly P. Hall (from his book, The Secret Teachings of All Ages), the Undines, as they were also known, were water elementals, that function “in the invisible, spiritual essence called humid (or liquid) ether.
This is particularly interesting because that’s another thing that’s been spoken of in ancient “mythology” for so long, but now physics is showing it to be true. Here’s a great quote that illustrates that:
“And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied; “Of elements.” “Are there then four?” he asked. “Not four,” said Larchas, “but five.” “And how can there be a fifth,” said Apollonius, “alongside of water and air and earth and fire?” “There is the ether,” replied the other, “which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal creatures inhale the wire, so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether.” “Am I,” said Appollonius, “to regard the universe as a living creature?” “Yes,” said the other. – The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD (source)
According to Nikola Tesla,
“All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.”– Nikola Tesla, Man’s Greatest Achievement, 1907
This is why, in my opinion, it’s not hard at all believing that forms of life, invisible to our senses, also dwell in the ether and in realms we cannot perceive with our senses. Other beings would be nature spirits like fairies or gnomes who, according to the lore, can also appear in our ‘dimensional’ reality as well, on our frequency, if they choose to do so.
According to Hall, from The Secret Teachings of All Ages,
The Undines are able to control, to a great degree, the course and function of this fluid in Nature. Beauty seems to be the keynote of the water spirits. Wherever we find them pictured in art or sculpture, they abound in symmetry and grace. Controlling the water element–which has always been a feminine symbol–it is natural that the water spirits should most often be symbolized as female.
Hall writes about how there are many different groups of Undines; some live in waterfalls, others in fast-moving rivers or remote marshes, some in mountain lakes as well as in the ocean.
In describing them, the ancients agreed on certain salient features. In general, nearly all the Undines closely resemble human beings in appearance and size, though the ones inhabiting small streams and fountains were of correspondingly of lesser proportions. It was believed that these water spirits were occasionally capable of assuming the appearance of normal human beings and actually associating with men and women.
He goes on to describe stories of these water spirits and their adoption by families. As far as the males, Hall does not dismiss their existence but writes that practically nothing is known about them. We do know of one, however, called Neptune. We also know of another.
The Babylonians worshipped a fish-tailed god named Oannes. John Ashton, author of Curious Creatures in Zoology, proposes that this is the first depiction of a merman. Also in ancient lore, the goddess Atargatis, chief goddess of northern Syria, was depicted as a fish-bodied human, supposedly constituting the first known representation of a mermaid.
He describes a group of Undines interestingly, and different from other mythology we see. Perhaps these ‘elementals’ differ from other creatures that are closer to our own frequency? Hall goes on to explain,
Their temperament is said to be vital, and to them has been given as their throne the western corner of creation. They are rather emotional beings, friendly to human life and fond of serving mankind. They are sometimes pictured riding on dolphins or other great fish and seem to have a special love of flowers and plants, which they serve almost as devotedly and intelligently as the gnomes. Ancient poets have said that the songs of the Undines were heard in the West Wind and that their lives were consecrated to the beautifying of the material earth.
It’s also noteworthy to mention that multiple apparent sightings have been recorded and spoken about in modern history as well, according to numerous eyewitnesses a few years ago, from a seaside shore town in Israel. They said it looked like a cross between a little girl and a dolphin, and only comes out at sunset. “People are telling us they are sure they have seen the mermaid and they are all independent of each other,” said Natti Zilberman, a local council spokesman, as she spoke to ABC News. It sparked so much controversy that the Mayor offered a million dollar reward for a photograph.
Perhaps there are many concepts of our reality that remain unknown to us? Always interesting to explore 🙂 There are many truths waiting to be discovered that would completely change our perception of not only our planet but also the nature of reality itself.
Who Are You Really? The Impactful Video That Could Change Your Life
This short and sweet film reminds us of who we are at the core: the person we were before being made to believe that growing up meant giving up your creativity and your authenticity; the person we were before losing touch with nature and our true Self. We can get so caught up with the business of life that we forget the joy of it, and go about our days unconsciously, with no idea how much self-awareness we have lost. For some of us living in the corporate world, or doing any job we are unsatisfied with, we might not even realize we are living out our days on auto-pilot. Choices are presented to us and we make decisions automatically, robotically even, without putting much thought into the act — without putting much of ourselves into the choosing.
“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.”
So how do you find out who you really are and what you really want out of life? The answer is simple: Give yourself a day to be completely present.
Evaluate how you feel when you wake up, when you go to work, when you are at work, how you communicate with others, etc. What are you really feeling? If you feel complacent or disengaged, it might be time to reexamine your current position at work (or in life) so that you are sure you are getting the most out of what you are given, which sometimes might just go right over your head.
The beautiful thing about life is that it is ever-changing; it moves with or without us and we have a choice about whether to live actively or passively — to engage in everything life has to offer or to fall into the background of someone else’s life.
So what do you choose?
As a side note, we have a powerful course inside our membership area called CETV that helps to bring presence and self awareness to your everyday life through a simple set of tools. It’s called Profound Realization and you can check it out here.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
– Jim Rohn
So here it is: “I am Nature” by Alex Eslam, written by Die Rabauken.
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