Getting Through Sad Times for Ourselves and the World
By Tanis Helliwell
I act from my heart, soul, body and mind and bring joy to others, myself and the world.
This last several months have been a very inner, soul searching time for me. People seldom go on retreat when things are going well in their daily life as, without pain, there is little incentive. I do not wish to convey that there are only negative things in my life at present. In fact, this retreat is, in itself, very positive and long overdue. It’s a relief to let go when we have been carrying responsibilities for others, and to return to our responsibility for ourselves in alignment with the what the universe, and our soul wants from us. This process of transformation is an inner reflective time by its very nature.
Nor do I feel that I am alone in this transformative journey. We can see this by the collective sadness at the death of Diana, Pope John, Nelson Mandela and many others. I believe that, to some extent, the sadness at their deaths is because many people are looking for an outlet for their collective sadness, their collective grief. The death of these public figures gives people an approved outlet for this grief, which I would argue goes beyond the individual. Still, we still have to find out what part of our sadness is individual and take responsibility for that part. There are a few questions that you might ask yourself to help you to do this.
When Sadness Reigns
Have you found yourself going through difficult times lately? Check the following items to see if they apply to you.
- It seems to take longer to accomplish less.
- You feel sad for no reason
- You feel a floating anxiety that something terrible is going to happen
- Relationships are strained
- You are less often in a good mood
- You need more time by yourself
- You wish to be nurtured or comforted in some way
- Talents or strengths you once had don’t seem to work anymore
- You feel vulnerable and confused about what choices to make
- Your concentration is shot and you feel fatigued physically, emotionally and spiritually
Examining our personal and collective responsibility?
Many of these symptoms are signs of burnout and others are found during a dark night of the soul. Although I do not want to rule out that either or both of these two things may be happening to you personally, I want to examine factors in the world at large that may be causing your distress
None of us live in isolation, but are connected to a web of life that includes all other life on this planet. Therefore, whatever happens to the Earth and other beings affects us. I believe that we are currently encountering a time of reckoning where what humans have sown in our history on the planet is being given back to us to be transmuted. Let’s examine how this works.
The renowned psychiatrist Carl Jung spoke about a collective unconscious for humanity whereby all that we have done is recorded. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake calls this collective unconscious the morphogenetic field and metaphysicians name it the akashic records. In this collective unconscious is recorded all the good things humans have done and all the things, which humans need to clear. All spiritual traditions speak of each individual as having to repay any karmic debts they create in order to become conscious creators, as Jesus said, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
I think most of us understand this need for accountability for our actions in our own lives. However, presently many people are feeling distressed even when on the surface everything is going well in their personal and professional. Obviously, something outside of our individual life is causing these feelings. I believe to find the answer we need to look to our collective responsibility.
Many of us subscribe to this thought and are doing what we can in our physical world to help the environment, save the whales, protect the children, create a healthy working environment, and be kind to those in need. However, the healing of the planet occurs not just in the physical realm, but also in the emotional and mental field of humanity’s collective unconscious. We now need to clean these eons of debris and negative thoughts, feelings and actions and this is why we are distressed. People who are attuned to the more subtle spiritual vibrations will likely feel these symptoms more keenly than their concrete, practical friends will at first. However, gradually over time—and this process will be ongoing for years although not at the same degree of difficulty—everyone will be affected.
What Can We Do?
Each of us has a responsibility to ourselves, others and the Earth to transmute what is unresolved or not of the highest in our life. This might mean digging deeper into ourselves than we ever have before to find the strength to surrender the parts of us that needs resolution. Old rules and roles are collapsing and we are entering upon a new time of creating ways of being. This is a time of experimentation where we try and fail and refine our strategies to try again. Paradoxically at the same time that more effort might be needed a deeper surrender to the will of heaven might be called for. This means that many of us will need more quiet and solitude to let the old fall away. What truly is happening for all of us at this time is a deeper heart opening. We are answering a call to serve and to make a difference in the world. That is what is meant by resolving our collective unconscious so that we can be the guardians we were intended to be for other life forms on the planet.
We can start where we are today. We don’t need to go anywhere else or do anything else. We need only to open to these deeper places within ourselves to allow the resolution to occur. With this comes also gentleness to those around us as they to are going, whether consciously or not, through the same transformation. We are all in this together.
Tanis Helliwell, a mystic in the modern world, has brought spiritual consciousness into the mainstream for over 30 years. Since childhood, she has seen and heard elementals, angels, and master teachers in higher dimensions. Tanis is the founder of the International Institute for Transformation (IIT), which offers programs to assist individuals to become conscious creators to work with the spiritual laws that govern our world.
Tanis is the author of The High Beings of Hawaii, Summer with the Leprechauns, Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns, Embraced by Love, Manifest Your Soul’s Purpose, Decoding Your Destiny and Take Your Soul to Work.
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