When I first started on this spiritual path and learnt about being a lightworker I became aware of a deep and desperate need to “go home”; to return to Spirit. I found the place I connected to in meditation and when I was doing healing work was so blissful and held so much love for me at a time when I was surrounded by toxic people and a world intent on destroying itself. Why wouldn’t I prefer to be “up there” rather than “down here”.
I struggled for years with this homesickness, I just couldn’t handle being in such a harsh environment when I knew somewhere else was so much nicer, but the only way to get there was to end it all… and I knew that would not solve the problem. Believing in reincarnation does that to you, I knew I’d only be back and would have to face it all again. So I realised I had better get on with learning how to be down here.
So what has changed?
Looking back I realise that there was a paradox at play. In having a strong desire to be elsewhere I was metaphorically hiding under the bed. I was using my connection to Spirit to take myself off the earth energetically in the hope of not having to deal with the problems around me. Rather than helping this actually made me weak and even less able to cope with what life threw at me.
For maybe 5 years now I have been working on being more grounded, more connected to the earth. I didn’t want to do it, I wanted to escape, but I knew that if I was going to progress I needed accept it. It has been a tough journey at times, many buttons have been pushed and many fears triggered. I know I have a lot of work still to do, but I realise it has dulled the desperate need to go home.
It seems crazy, working to get closer to the thing that challenges you the most. When something hurts we are programmed to recoil, to move away from it as fast as possible. With this we have to face the fear and learn that we are stronger than it.
So how do we do this? How do we find a way to make being down here easier?
Step 1 – Turn off the news and put the magazine down…. just for a while
Every day we are flooded with messages about how terrible the world is. We are also led to believe that in taking this on we are somehow helping make a difference.
I want you to think about one particular thing that is bothering you at the moment in the world. Maybe it’s the immigrant crisis; people drowning in the Med or dying in lorries. It could be the war in Syria and Iraq or it could be the shrinking of the ice in Alaska. What are you going to do today that will make a tangible difference to that problem? How are you going to solve it? Are you going to donate live changing amounts of money, go and protest, sign up to fight oppression? I don’t mean to be harsh but I doubt you will be doing anything. So what does knowing about it actually achieve other than making you miserable?
I understand we need to know what is happening around us but when it paralyses us with fear it is not helping. So, for 1 month unplug. I promise, in that time you won’t have made any situation worse but it gives you a clear space to start work.
Step 2 – Remove as many toxic people from your life as possible.
There will always be those people that we are stuck with such as family members and work colleagues, but there are others that we do have a choice about.
This can be a tough one, many lightworkers don’t believe they have the right to stand up for themselves and have low self esteem but it is something that has to be done. You have every right to choose your friends and walk away from anyone who hurts you or makes you feel inferior. If you can’t remove them, like the media, take some time out to give you breathing space.
Step 3 – Start looking for the positive things in life; they are there if you look hard enough. Websites such as Positive News only report good news and it’s quite an eye opener seeing what is happening that the mainstream media is ignoring.
Step 4 – Work on grounding and your lower chakras.
Most lightworkers live in their upper chakras and the chakras below the heart are almost completely forgotten. It sounds counter intuitive but in working on these and using other grounding techniques we become stronger in our presence down here and more able to handle what the world throws at us.
One of the first things I did was meditate to meet Gaia; the Earth Mother. In the past my meditations had always focussed on reaching up to that blissful Spirit energy where I could hide from the horrors. The grounding process had always been a simple hand shake, a necessity because I was taught to do it, there was never any desire to linger before I dashed up out of my body and into that blissful light.
In meeting, embracing and truly accepting Gaia I found loving, safe energy that I didn’t expect. It was like being held by the most compassionate mother and it brought me to tears. Although Spirit energy is still the most amazing feeling, knowing Gaia is on my team made a big difference.
I also believe that in starting to learn tai chi and chi kung has helped as that most definitely focusses on being grounded, connected to the earth energy and becoming immovable.
Just recently my guide has changed from my beloved “boy next door” who has been with me all this time to a strong female African warrior. She challenges me to embrace my strength and physicality in a loving but strong way.
I still have a lot of work to do before I can say I am fully in my body and happy to be here. Learning to stay grounded and connected to the earth brings challenges but at least I am no longer hiding under the bed desperate to go home.