It is election day here in the United States as I write these words. I am feeling the intense collective energy swirling around the planet this night! Do you feel it? Did you feel it? I reflected recently on my radio show/podcast Mystical Adventures how important it is for us to engage in positive and meaningful action (such as voting), but also equally important, to choose our thoughts carefully. This is a way we tend to our overall mental-emotional state. I believe this has deep effects on our psyches, relationships, experiences, the community, and the planet.
I also recently discussed on my show thoughts about staying motivated during what some may call “challenging times”, “crazy times”, or “the apocalypse”. I discussed how taking care of our bodies, increasing social support, engaging in a spiritual practice, as well as recognizing and appreciating the bigger cycles in which we function are some ways we can increase our life energy and open ourselves to experience more inspiration. This month, I felt I should expand this list by adding spontaneity, creativity, and embracing imperfection. I would like to talk about the latter two, specifically:
I sometimes use visual journaling as a way to transmute some of my own emotional angst (or the angst I absorb from others, or both). Expressing yourself creatively is a great way to externalize overwhelming energy, thoughts, and feelings and even transform these into something meaningful. Sometimes, even if I don’t feel creative, and I force myself to visual journal, write, or make art, it elevates my emotional state and something interesting finds its way onto the page. Sometimes, it is not exactly interesting or worth showing to others, but it is still meaningful because it helped me to engage in a process of creative transformation. It often requires I push through a certain wall, however. I have come to realize this.
I feel this relates to my experience starting a radio show/podcast, and it reminds me of the importance of facing and overcoming things like perfectionism and self-criticism when engaging in any creative endeavor. Inspiration is closely linked with this, I believe. If you can practice your craft, whatever that may be, in the face of lack of motivation or inspiration, in the face of self-criticism, this can lead to true inspiration. Even a small creative gesture can get the juices flowing. For most creatives, this means taking that step even when the inner critic is screaming in our ears that it is not good enough. We must learn to negotiate with our inner critic. Perfectionism can shut the whole process down. We’ll never get to the great idea if we’re too self-critical to allow ourselves to think of ideas because we’re too afraid they’re not perfect from their inception!
This is the key. When we can have fun with the process and give ourselves permission to learn as we go, spontaneous and inspiring moments start to occur. Shifting into the present moment and a curious mindset, we find ourselves appreciating the imperfect thing that just happened, that is now surprisingly funny or beautiful, that never could have been planned in our perfect scheme.
I feel I am learning so much about letting go, trusting the process, and embracing the beautiful mistakes as they happen. Life is so much more fun (and inspiring) when we can move towards this, isn’t it? I hope your November is filled with beautiful mistakes and divine surprises, dear reader! Stay safe. Thanks for spending this moment with me. Hope to see you at a future event!
Connection. Community. These words have a new meaning for most of us due to the changes this pandemic has brought. For many, 2020 has brought unexpected obstacles to connecting with friends, colleagues, and loved ones as well as to the larger community. The world has also seen more global upheaval and movements towards the renegotiation of power. Many people are experiencing transformations in positive ways of course, and I hope you are too. Most people are experiencing some degree of increased isolation or loss, even if it is simply not seeing coworkers or being able to attend live music events. Others have experienced bigger losses and changes as the human race enters a cycle of transformation.
Video chatting with a loved one is the next best thing to an in-person visit, but sometimes socially-distanced visits or video chats are not possible. Even if you are able to video chat, it still pales in comparison to a hug or exchange face-to-face, possibly leaving one to feel disconnected, isolated, and cut-off from the world. Isolation can lead to other problems, such as decreased energy, depression, and, of course, loneliness.
This past month, as I have been working on a video series called Intuition 101, it occurred to me how amazingly helpful our intuition can be right now. Have you ever just known something was happening to a friend and felt an urge to contact him/her, then you called or texted this friend to find out they were indeed in trouble? We are all connected in a mystical way, truly, and using our natural intuition (which everyone possesses) intentionally can provide more doorways of connection when are usual options are “altered”.
So how do we connect with each other intuitively? First of all, keep in mind we are already all connected on some level in spirit. Just consciously reminding yourself of this can help you become more likely to have more of these experiences. Here are some tips for using your natural 6th sense. Of course, if you are already in touch with your intuitive abilities, these will be easier, but anyone can use these and develop them. (Also, check in with yourself about the boundaries with any of these exercises. Do what feels right and comfortable to you).
Those a few beginning suggestions for connecting with your tribe in multidimensional ways, and I’m sure there are many more! Can you think of some? I’d love to hear your experiences! It is my hope that we can take advantage of all the multiple avenues we have available to stay connected, maintain our sense of community, and put love and positive energy into the world during this cosmic shift.
Speaking of mystical and intuitive podcasts, you may have noticed I started my own online radio show/podcast/Facebook Live show, Mystical Adventures with Anne Vivian! I am so excited to start this mystical adventure! I just finished my first three shows, and it has been a mystical adventure of its own creating and filming this show! I joined A1R Psychic Radio network, and they broadcast to an international audience with weekly shows hosted by psychics and mediums. I invite you to check it out and go on a mystical adventure with me each week! I explore mystical topics, have mystical guests, and give live mystical psychic readings to callers on-the-air! Please see details below!
Mystical Adventures, Thursdays, 8:30pm EST (to change to Tuesdays at 4pm EST starting in November)
Find the podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, and all major podcast platforms!
Love and Blessings,
How are you faring during this, shall we say, unique, summer, my friend? Are you excited and relieved to be able to go more places with the restrictions slowly lifting? (Some places being more or less restricted than others.) Or, are you frustrated and drained with all the mask-wearing, social distancing, threat of illness to self and others, and virtual, instead of in-person, activities?
Quarantine fatigue is a phenomenon experienced by many during these times, and can include increased anxiety, decreased energy, social withdrawal, among other symptoms (https://www.massgeneral.org/news/coronavirus/quarantine-fatigue).
In an article put out by Massachusetts General Hospital (see link above), tips for coping with quarantine fatigue include practicing mindfulness, self-care through healthy diet, sleep regime, and exercise, and connecting with others. Many of my clients have found these very useful, as have I. However, there is something else I want to address:
How are you feeling lately? How is your body feeling lately? I was reflecting how in this current summer of the pandemic, so much has become virtual and nonphysical (for good reason), and the truth is, so much of this takes a toll. The boom in video chat and online forms of communication has been undeniably helpful to our society as a way to maintain connections while preserving safety. However, this new practice of virtual relationships can contribute to experiencing increased isolation and quarantine fatigue, and also can lead to a feeling of disconnection from one’s body and physical senses.
The threat of contamination can create a certain psychological affect: chronic thoughts and feelings of threats or danger. Some of this is helpful to keep our wits about us and follow proper cleaning and hygiene guidelines. Some of these thoughts and feelings, however, may be affecting us in not-so-great ways though. The lack of our usual in-person engagement with others (for many, but not all of us), combined with constant reminders of the threat of contamination and ongoing media overload can add to feelings of anger, disorientation, decreased energy, and disconnection with our bodies.
So what can we do? I would like to suggest some holistic ways to ground and reconnect with ourselves and our bodies, (to add to the Massachusetts General Hospital solid list from above):
I am grateful to stay connected with you, reader. Thank you for reading!
In our Dream Circle this month, we will focus on using dreams for just the these topics: body awareness, nurturing, and grounding. The Intuitive Development Circle will empower you to expand your clairvoyant abilities, (which we could all use right now, more than ever)!
I hope you can join us! Take care of yourself.
“Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.
I love this quote from the Japanese organizing consultant (she has a hit show on Netflix, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo). I have been decluttering and organizing this past month. I noticed, painful though it was, the end result has made a world of difference in my energy and quality of life. Honestly, I had a modest amount clutter or chaos in my office space and home, (it was not reality-show worthy, not quite at least!), but this small increase in order has left me feeling an undeniable increase in the flow of clarity and chi through my psyche and space.
I am reflecting this month how exposed we all have been to a huge amount media information lately, as well as social media activity, some of which is very important or empowering, some of which is rather anxiety-producing to the mind and body. Is this a form of clutter? I argue: yes, it is. (Or it can be!)
For many, the past few months of quarantine has forced a sort of slow down, “the great pause”, as many media groups have referred to it, and pushed some to face difficult physical or mental clutter that otherwise would have become lost in the chaos of this work-a-day world. This has certainly been the case for me, (at least to some extent). When forced to look at my own clutter, I have begun to ask myself:
What is cluttering my life?
What is the right amount of media exposure to being informed?
What commitments, thought patterns, or physical items are keeping me from putting my energy to better use?
I invite you to ask yourself these questions. (Of course, sometimes an investment in a particular commitment is not necessarily pleasant, but worth it, based on an important value or reason). Sometimes, unfortunately, confronting physical or nonphysical clutter involves confronting hard issues, such as our fear of hurting someone’s feelings, disapproval, rejection, facing our own limits, the uncomfortable prospect of making a change, letting go, or just being uncomfortable for a temporary period of time. Clearing and decluttering our mind, (media exposure!), space, and schedule has the potential for opening oneself up increased life energy, clarity, prosperity (according to the practice of feng shui, as I understand it), love, creativity, and balance. Is it worth it?
It might be time for a change!
As we come back out into the world from this quarantine, I pray you are protected and blessed, and that you take the lessons learned from these past four months and use them powerfully for the next chapter of your life.